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Guide to Dehydrating Pumpkin Seeds

Guide to Dehydrating Pumpkin Seeds

Don’t let the pumpkin seeds from your Halloween Jack O Lantern go to waste.  They’re a tasty snack that I like to make in a food dehydrator. Pumpkin seeds contain many essential minerals like zinc and magnesium.  Also, they are a great source of fiber and rich in protein and healthy omega-3 fats.  Read more about their nutrition here.  Many of the nutrients hold up well to dehydrating.  Here’s a quick and easy guide on how to make them. Drying pumpkin...
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The Best Cut of Meat for a Jerky Dehydrator

The Best Cut of Meat for a Jerky Dehydrator

Beef and other types of meat jerky are one of those items that seem to be expensive when bought a grocery store.  A price of $20 to $30 per pound is not uncommon.  Homemade jerky is easy to make in your kitchen using a food dehydrator and costs significantly less.  In this article, we discuss the best cuts of beef, pork, and poultry to use for making your own jerky. What is the Best Cut of Meat for Making Jerky?...
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How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last

How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last

Using a food dehydrator is an excellent way to preserve food for storage that otherwise would have a short shelf life.  Whether you want to take advantage of a grocery store sale, create some healthy snack for your family, or make your own dog treats with locally sourced ingredients, this guide will cover what you need to know to store your tasty creations. What Foods Can Be Dehydrated All kinds fruit, vegetables, and meat can be dehydrated if prepared properly....
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The Best Budget Food Dehydrator

The Best Budget Food Dehydrator

  Photo credit: heyheysuz via Foter.com / CC BY   Are you interested in food dehydrating, but don’t know where to start?  Our rundown of the best budget food dehydrators will help get you started enjoying the benefits of a food dehydrator.  In this review, we cover 3 top affordable dehydrators: the Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro, the Presto 06031 Dehydro, and the Hamilton Beach 32100A. All three are solid contenders in the budget price range, but the one that stands out...
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How to Make Banana Chips in a Dehydrator

How to Make Banana Chips in a Dehydrator

If you’re like me, you love bananas.  They are inexpensive, pack great nutrition, and are a great snack when on the run.  The problem I have is there is a small window to eat them before they get too ripe.  This makes them a great fruit to dry in your food dehydrator to preserve their shelf life. Dried banana chips are great, but the commercially available ones have a bunch of added ingredients like sugar and coconut oil.  Some manufacturers...
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How to Dry Figs in a Dehydrator

How to Dry Figs in a Dehydrator

Figs are a great fruit to dry in your food dehydrator.  In raw form, they are perishable, so should be refrigerated if kept for more than a few days.  If refrigerated, they typically last for 5-7 days, depending on ripeness.  To significantly extend the shelf life, I like to dry them in a dehydrator.  Dried figs can last for up to a year if properly stored in a dry location that is cool and dark. Figs have great nutritional value,...
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Zojirushi NS-TGC10 Micom Rice Cooker and Warmer Review

The Zojirushi NS TGC10 is a 5 1/2 cup rice cooker which doubles as a steamer and uses microcomputer logic to control the cooking process. It can handle all types of rice: white, brown, sushi rice, mixed (rice plus additional ingredients). The exterior is stainless steel which looks great and is easy to clean. Key Features My favorite feature is the ability to cook any type of rice to perfection.  The microchip (or “brain”) of the rice cooker automatically adjusts...
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