So in my effort to save money but to prep for the worst, I invested in a dehydrator a few years ago. I have used it off and on but ever really in an effort to do anything with it. Well a month ago or so I decided to try it to prep for food storage. I dried some shredded chicken, onions and potatoes. It all turned out pretty good to store but I haven’t attempted to re-hydrate the chicken for use yet! The potatoes were pretty easy to do and after looking at a few sites I decided on my own way. The onions I didn’t read up on anything on how to dry, and the chicken well I did a little reading but went the course on my own. Today I am trying onions (again) and some bread I had stashed in the freezer to make bread crumbs out of.
My dehydrator has no temperature setting so I just watch until the item I am drying is ready.
Dried Shredded Potatoes
1. Boil water while shredding potatoes (I did this by hand but you could use an electric method)
2. Blanch shredded potatoes for a few minutes in the boiling water ( You want it cooked but not mushy)
3. Dry the excess water on paper towels (or towels if you are saving money) and place into dehydrator until dry. It took about 6 hours for 4 potatoes. They are dry when they snap into pieces. If it still flexes it needs more time.
4. Re-hydrate at a 1 to 1 ratio (1 cup potato:1 cup boiling water) and let sit until water is absorbed. Drain excess water, if any, and eat or fry if desired for hash browns. My potatoes equaled about 1 cup dry to one potato. I used russet potatoes.
1. Slice onions and discard peel and the ends.
2. Separate rings and place onto dehydrator trays.
3. Dry with other items to minimize the smell or place outside.
4. Dry until it snaps into pieces. If it still flexes it needs more time. It took about 5 hours for one onion.
1. Cook chicken in a method you prefer ( I like using my crockpot) and let cool.
2. Discard any fat and skin as that can cause the finished product to go rancid.
3. Shred chicken and place on dehydrator trays until dry. It does remain slightly flexible but overall will be hard and crispy. It took about 4 hours for one chicken breast.
4. I have not tried re-hydrating yet so I will update when I do!
It is an easy way to prep food for a camping trip or just to store for one of those SHTF scenarios. Not to mention budget friendly as my dehydrator only cost $30 new and I just dry extra/ leftover ingredients that I have!