In the previous article “SURVIVAL VEGETABLES” I said that during survival times, calorie dense vegetables should be our priority. These include:

• Peas
• Potatoes
• Beans (yes, it is a legume but you can grow it in your garden)
• Sweet Potatoes/Yams
• Corn


I want to tell you how easy it is to put as much corn and peas as you want away in your food storage. You just dehydrate frozen vegetables. It is inexpensive and stores for 30 years.


Frozen corn and peas go on sale at my local grocery store a couple time a year and are sometimes only $.79 for a 1 pound bag. My favorite place to buy my frozen Corn and Peas is my local Costco. They have 5 pound bags of white extra sweet corn for $4.49 ($.90 /lb.). But the best feature of this corn is that besides being that prices all year long and being extra sweet, it is GMO free corn. Much of the corn being produced today is grown from GMO (genetically modified organism) seed to produce higher yields. Testing is starting to show that GMO food is not a good match with our bodies, if fact it may be doing harm. In addition, a 5 pound bag of organically grown sweet peas is just a little over $5 at Costco.


So how do you dehydrate your vegetables. You need a dehydrator. You can buy one for as little as $60 or as much as $250. I have used them all and they all work okay. But the Excalibur listed below works the best by far.


The Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator is a small dehydrator for $60. The draw backs are that it only has 4 trays and the trays have large holes which are only good for drying large pieces of food. To dry corn and peas you’ll have to purchase screens which cost about $5 each. So figure $80 for your complete setup. Here is a link.

Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator


Next choice is the TSM Harvest Food Dehydrator. It has 10 trays. You have the same problem with the tray hole size. I had to buy a roll of plastic dehydrator netting for about $25 and cut my own screens. Here is a link.

TSM Harvest Food Dehydrator


Final and best choice is the Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator. It is $250 shipped but it is worth the money especially if you plan to do any significant amount of dehydrating. It comes with 9 trays and screens are included. Everything is BPA free. Here is a link.

Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator


So how easy is to dehydrate frozen vegetables? Really easy. Frozen food is already prepared for dehydrating. The food has been cut and blanched. It is ready to be put on the dehydrating trays frozen right out of the bag. That’s right, just put it on the tray while it is still frozen. If you are using the Excalibur Dehydrator, put about 1 pound of food on a tray. Smooth it around until it is single layered or close to it. It doesn’t have to be perfect. It will dehydrate just fine even if some of the food is not single layered. Set the dehydrator at 125 degrees and in about 24 hours it’s finished.


I found a great video on YouTube about dehydrating frozen vegetables. It is only 5 minutes long but walks you through what I just explained. It is by dehydrate2store. She has 31 videos on dehydrating just about anything.


Once your vegetables are dehydrated, how do you store them. You have two main choices. First is to buy Kerr or Ball Mason Jars and some oxygen absorbers and store the dried food in sealed glass jars. Be sure to store them out of the light as light will degrade the quality of the food.


The second and best choice is to can the food in #10 cans. Read my blog on DIY Home Canning. Just check the internet to see if you have a Mormon cannery near you. They lend home canners for free and have the cans, lids, boxed and oxygen absorbers for sell at inexpensive prices. Don’t worry if you are not a Mormon. They don’t care. They’re happy to help. My local cannery knows me by name I’m there so often.


The above dehydrating information will also work with frozen hash brown and diced potatoes as well. I have found a local grocery story (Winco) that has a huge bulk area. I have them order my dehydrated potatoes in 25 lb. bags which I calculated actually save me money over dehydrating myself. I then can them in #10 can when I borrow the home canner.


Ed Rogers

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