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Learning to cook with dehydrated foods

I love the company Shelf Reliance (Thrive). They sell freeze dried and dehydrated foods in a variety of sizes. I first used dehydrated food after visiting the LDS Cannery two years back. It was a lot of fun learning to can our own food in #10 sized cans. I love eating the dried apples like potato chips. But when it comes to cooking with freeze dried foods, I’m at a loss. The reason I buy foods this way, is that it lasts a very long time. 20 years or more. I live out in the country so I like having food on hand so that I don’t have to run to the store every day. I use the dehydrated broccoli all the time. When I make pasta, i just throw in a handful of dry broccoli and let it boil with my noodles. I can’t tell its freeze dried when its done. It tastes grate! So after having this minor success with broccoli, I went on the search for other meals I could make using my dehydrated foods. I found these two recipes on line and I thought Id share them. They are really good! I love the fact that they are meant to be placed in mason jars and dry canned with an oxygen absorber. They will look awfully pretty sitting in your kitchen! Make a few and give them as gifts!

Dry canning – recipes using dehydrated ingredients.

Chicken and Rice casserole recipe *** 1 c. chicken
1 c. rice ( I use instant)
1/4 c. instant potatoes
3/4 c. non-fat dry milk
1/4 c. cheese powder ( optional)
3/4 c. mixed vegetables
1/3 c. onion
4 tbl spoon chicken bullion
1 tsp. garlic
1 tsp sage
1/2 tsp pepper
Remember..all dehydrated ingredients
Layer in qt. jar
When ready to cook, add about 2 1/2 qts water.
This one jar makes about 4 qts of casserole

chicken & stuffing casserole– need dehydrated items, bought or dehydrate yourself .
In qt jar.. 1- c. Dehydrated chicken
1 1/2 c. stuffing (stove top)
1/4 c. Carrots
1/4 c. celery
1/4 c. Onion
1/4 c. dried cranberries
1tsp. poultry seasoning
1/2 envelope of country style gravy mix
Put the gravy mix in baggy on top.
Put oxygen absorber or seal with food saver.
Remember all dehydrated ingredients.

NOTE:: with the chicken and stuffing casserole ** start with one qt water. Add water or instant potatoes as needed. In separate pot mix water for gravy. And pour over casserole. Yum