I have in the last four years gotten into drying foods for storage. When I dry my garden surplus I can store more than I can with canning the items or freezing them. Plus once the item is dried it is smaller and can be stored easily.
I bought my first dehydrator at a church rummage sale for $5. It was a really good one but I soon found it was hard to clean and some of the food items would stick. Tomatoes were a bear to get off. So I researched and found a new one I wanted to purchase. Then I set to saving up for it. It took me about 18 months and then I purchased it. Since then I have just fell in love with my dehydrator. (Well as much as anyone can really love an appliance.) 😉
I use my dehydrator to dry lots of fruits and vegetable to use in the winter. My most recent drying session was to dry the extra green beans from our garden. I sometimes will use my pressure canner to can these but the drying process is easier. My freezer just doesn’t have that much extra room right now so I chose to dry this batch.
Here is the process I used
First I removed both ends of the beans then I cut them into about 1 inch lengths.
I blanched my beans for two to three minutes in boiling water. Then I just added them to my dehydrator tray.
These took about 9 hours to dry and here is what they looked like once they were dry.
I will store these in a vacuum sealed bag for future use this winter. I really like to use these dried beans in soups as they plump up really well as they are cooking. These also work well in crock pot recipes.
Do you do any food preservation at your home?