Urban Basics

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Learning to cook with dehydrated foods

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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


Author: stephdt3

My 3 children and I live on 14 acres in Savannah Ga. I have worked hard at turning the property into a thriving, self sufficient homestead. It has been a learning experience and a lot of hard work but its so worth it. I don't understand how our country became so consumer driven. We have lost so much of our production way of life. It is my goal to get back to basics any way that I can. My three children used be so hooked on TV, video games, computers, iphones and ipads. And while they still like those things, they now spend just as much time outside as they do inside. I hope by learning to raise chickens and rabbits, growing gardens, raising goats and riding horses and spending more time outdoors in general, my children will learn to love and appreciate a simpler way of life. I knew nothing about homesteading when I started this journey but I have learned so much and love every minute of it.

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