Tuesday, May 04, 2021 by Zoey Sky
Preppers know that home canning is one of the best ways to preserve food for your survival stockpile. But there are also other ways to extend the shelf life of food, such as dehydration.
You can even use a dehydrator or oven to turn various foods into powder, effectively prolonging their shelf life even more and freeing up some space in your stockpile.
And while other foods don’t turn into a powder, processing them with a dehydrator will turn them into a powder-like substance that makes it easier to incorporate them into various dishes when SHTF. (h/t to AskAPrepper.com)
This technique works best with a dehydrator, but if you don’t want to spend money on another device, you can also use an old-fashioned oven to turn food into powder.
Note that some of the foods detailed below must be processed using different instructions or timing. Not all foods will turn into a powdered form, but dehydrating will help them stay in a more dehydrated state, like some fruits.
Experiment and learn which foods suit this method best through trial and error.
Foods that you can easily turn into powder include:
You can turn fruits into powder, but it’s best to choose ingredients that contain less sugar. If you want to process fruits for your survival stockpile, they’re better off dehydrated because they taste better and they last longer that way.
Fresh greens can boost the nutrient content of salads, soups, or sandwiches, but powdered greens will have a longer shelf life.
Here are some leafy greens and herbs that you can turn into powder:
Follow the steps below to turn leafy greens and herbs into a powder using a dehydrator:
Follow the steps below if you’re using an oven instead of a dehydrator:
When SHTF, having powdered greens ensures that you have a balanced diet even if you’re stuck in your homestead during a long-term survival scenario.
Here are some suggestions on how to use powdered herbs or greens:
Since vegetables come in various sizes, the process may vary.
Follow the steps detailed below when processing garlic or onions.
Other vegetables need to be blanched first, then sliced. Once the veggies are blanched, follow the same process of dehydration as the greens.
Vegetables that need to be balanced include:
Almost any vegetable can be turned into a powder. Use powdered vegetables to enhance the flavors of soups, smoothies, or other dishes. (Related: Food storage tips: How to make DIY dehydrated meals.)
It’s better to use an oven when making meat or poultry powder. The final product isn’t as fine as powdered vegetables but the meat “powder” can be used as a protein addition to casseroles, soups, or stews.
You can use beef, pork, or chicken to make meat powder. Follow the steps below to make meat powder using an oven:
Follow the steps to make meat powder using a dehydrator:
Powdered food should be stored in an airtight container in a dry, cool and dark area like a pantry or cupboard.
If you open an airtight container frequently, you’ll let more air into the container. This shortens the time powdered food will keep fresh. To make powdered food last longer on the shelf, break the product down into smaller batches for storage.
Before SHTF, learn how to make powdered greens, veggies and meat to extend the shelf life of your survival food stockpile.
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