Food Dehydrating Made Easy! For Fruit, Veggies, Meat & more!
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Food Dehydrating Made Easy! For Fruit, Veggies, Meat & more!

Never Run Out of Food! Dehydrate Fresh or Frozen Fruit and Veggies - Perfect for Preppers - and Long-Term Food Storage!
3.7 (47 ratings)
Course Ratings are calculated from individual students’ ratings and a variety of other signals, like age of rating and reliability, to ensure that they reflect course quality fairly and accurately.
671 students enrolled
Created by Susan Gast
Last updated 9/2015
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This course includes
  • 2.5 hours on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 6 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Dehydrate Food Following my Six Simple Steps
  • Choose which dehydrator bests suits your needs
  • Benefit from knowing how to dehydrate fresh, frozen, or canned fruits and veggies - and meat
  • Understand the technique used on starchy fruits and vegetables
  • Decide what size oxygen absorber to use in different size storage pouches and containers
  • Store dehydrated food in mason jars, pouches, bins, or buckets
  • Build your own literally "out of sight" food storage wall
  • Safely re-hydrate your dehydrated food for everyday use
  • Make nutritious snacks for you and your kids, your friends, your neighbors... and your dog!
  • No materials are necessary to BEGIN the course other than a keen desire to dehydrate food!
  • After the course: A dehydrator of your choice
  • After the course: A FoodSaver™ or similar vacuum-sealing machine to seal your dehydrated food pouches/bags
  • After the course: Good fresh food you want to have available year 'round!

See what others have to say:

by George P.,
Very in-depth course

go really in-depth on a focused area. Susan is obviously very experienced with using a food dehydrator and I enjoy watching how she shares all the tricks she's learned over the years. Tips on everything from the use of oxygen bags to how to rehydrate foods to specific temperature settings for different fruits, vegetables and meats. The real benefit for me is that I'm currently a casual food dehydrator (already own a Nesco) and now that I'm more confident in my preparation techniques I can move towards making dehydrated foods a larger portion of my food supply.


by Mrs Amanda Bennetts
Wow I feel like an expert now

I knew nothing about dehydrating food before & now, after doing this course I feel like an expert :) Thanks Susan, it was lots of fun learning about all the different aspects & I really enjoyed your enthusiasm for every element. Fantastic course that I would recommend to anyone :)


by Charity Cason
A very comprehensive course on food dehydrating!

This course really covers it all when it comes to learning food dehydrating! I like how it's laid out and the videos are very informative and easy to understand. Would highly recommend for anyone who wants to make good use of food dehydrating techniques!

IF You Are Serious About Food:Take this course and keep your food pantry full!

Susan's course teaches you how to safely dehydrate fruits, vegetables, and meat for daily use AND for long-term food storage for any emergency situation.

Learn about the affordable Nesco™ and Excalibur™ food dehydrators and the FoodSaver™ vacuum-sealing system, plus how, why, and when to use oxygen absorbers. Long-term food storage preppers will discover the use of these storage items: Mylar bags, plastic bins, and buckets - with air-tight lids that actually unscrew easily!

Enjoy 3 hours of content in 15 sections with 65+ lectures and 10 quizzes:

  • Six Simple Steps
  • Nesco™ and Excalibur™ Dehydrators - best uses for both dehydrators and a nifty use of Excalibur dehydrators for bread...
  • Safely Sealing your Food and Vacuum Sealer Bags and Rolls - which to use, when, and why
  • Oxygen Absorbers - a "must-use" food protection item for long-term food storage
  • Storing Food Safely for Short- or Long-Term Storage - decide what your needs are - Long term? Short term? Bit of Both?
  • Build your own "out of sight" food storage wall - easy steps - takes about three hours
  • Re-Hydrating Dehydrated Food - which water is the best to use and other tasty ideas!
  • Dehydrating Fruit - featuring the top 14 fruits
  • Dehydrating Vegetables - covering the top 16 veggies
  • Dehydrating Meat - the easy way using pre-cooked Chicken, Roast Beef, Turkey

Bonus section:

  • Make your Own Pet Food: Chicken chow dog food - homemade!

And six of my favorite yummy recipes containing dehydrated food:

  • Carrot Soup
  • Cauliflower Soup
  • Potato Bacon Hash
  • Ratatouille
  • Apple Sauce
  • Banana Cinnamon Rolls

So jump right on in - You won't be disappointed.

Click on the blue "Start Learning Now" or "Take This Course" button at the top of this page on the right, and keep your food pantry stocked - whatever the reason or season!

30-day money-back guarantee - no questions asked.

Who this course is for:
  • Great for beginner students
  • Ideal for preppers
  • People who hate to see good food go to waste
  • Folk who enjoy having a pantry full of fruits and veggies available to use year 'round!
Course content
Expand all 69 lectures 02:55:08
+ Hello from Susan at Food Dehydrating Made Easy!
1 lecture 01:30

Hi, it's Susan from Food Dehydrating Made Easy!

I want to teach you my Six Simple Steps to safely store dehydrated food at home. Perfect for having seasonal fruits and veggies year 'round. And in emergencies? Don't be caught with an empty food pantry! I'll show you how to keep it brimming with fruits and veggies.

Dehydrate grapes to make your own (better-than-store-bought) raisins. And plums make delicious prunes (keeps you regular!)

And not to be left out: Fido or Fifi can have his or her own quality pet food full of nourishing veggies: butternut squash, carrots, and celery - protein: chicken breast - grains: quinoa, and millet - carbs: sweet potato, and egg noodles - vitamins and minerals: alfalfa, bone meal, brewers yeast, and kelp! My Miniature Pinscher has been thriving on it for eight years and she outruns me all day, every day.

I'll also cover storing dehydrated food in Mason jars, vacuum-sealed bags, Mylar bags, plastic lidded bins, and buckets! Phew!

Thanks for watching my intro. video and I'm looking forward to meeting you in the course!

Preview 01:30
+ Six Steps to Safely Dehydrate Food
1 lecture 02:43

From your backyard or grocery store - and covering the steps in between - to your final dehydrated food pouches to store for either short- or long-term food storage! I'll Show You How in Six Simple Steps!

Preview 02:43

Can you remember the six-step sequence?

Six Steps - What Are They?
1 question
+ The Nesco™ and Excalibur™ Dehydrators
3 lectures 10:12

Featuring the Nesco™ and Excalibur™ brand dehydrators - I have one of each!

Preview 02:56

More information about the Nesco™ Dehydrator and the accessories I use. With the Nesco™ brand, you can stack as many trays as you need - within reason... We're not building a new Trump Tower! Also, they have great "solid sheets" for making your Fruit Leathers and the Tomato Leather. Why solid? Stops the drips to the trays below! Nesco™ also offer "Clean-a-Screen" sheets too which help in the clean-up department.

Preview 03:59

More information about the Excalibur™ Dehydrator and the accessories I use. The Excalibur™ dehydrators come in many sizes; from the 4-tray starter all the way to 9-tray models! They are pricier than Nesco™ dehydrators. Excalibur™ accessories include non-stick sheets. Some of the new Excalibur™ dehydrators have glass-front doors. Neat!

The Excalibur™ Dehydrator and Accessories

The Nesco™ Dehydrator is:

Dehydrators - Which is which!
5 questions
+ Safely Sealing your Food with a Vacuum-Sealing Machine
4 lectures 11:52

Basics of the FoodSaver® V2240 - and the two steps necessary prior to using a food vacuum sealer.

Under the FoodSaver™ Hood...

What are the three elements we need to keep at bay:

The Three Elements...
1 question

Learn how to properly place your food vacuum-sealer bags on your FoodSaver® machine - also tips to avoid bag puncturing included!

Positioning the Vacuum-Sealer Bags Properly

The supplied bags that come with your FoodSaver® aren't "the best" in my opinion; so I'll share with you my supplier of quality bags. I do not receive compensation for recommending their bags.

Which Vacuum-Sealer Bags are Best?

FoodSaver™ do have rolls available which are great for cutting to length. Long products, such as spaghetti, do well by this method. Yes, I vacuum-seal spaghetti - for the purpose of keeping it - and the box dry - I live in hurricane-prone Florida!

What about FoodSaver™ Rolls to make Bags?
+ Oxygen Absorbers
4 lectures 12:06

Oxygen Absorbers... What are they and why should I use them? Don't skimp on this very important step in storing your dehydrated foods for long-term (and even short-term) storage!

Oxygen Absorbers - What Are They and How Do You Use Them?

Take a close look at what is IN an oxygen absorber and see the FoodSaver® in action as I vacuum- and re-seal my oxygen absorbers! Don't adjust your volume for this video... I had my water distiller running in the background!

A "Close Look" at an Opened Oxygen Absorber!

Small Mason jars need smaller oxygen absorbers and I'll tell you what sizes best fit small- to medium Mason jars. Also I'll go over the sizes needed for the food bag/pouches, and for long-term storage: what size you'll need that slip inside the Mylar bags before the final sealing of the Mylar bags that contain three or four of your sealed pouches.

Different Size Oxygen Absorbers for Different Size Packages/Pouches

What to look for when your oxygen absorbers arrive. I'll also show you how to keep your opened packages of oxygen absorbers "fresh"... this is very important!

How to Tell When the Oxygen Absorber is "No Good"!

An oxygen absorber is good when it is:

Oxygen Absorbers... Life Support for Bag, Bins, and Buckets!
3 questions
+ Storing Food Safely for Short- or Long-Term Storage
4 lectures 10:54

Check out what I store in my quart- and half-pint Mason jars. There's also a .pdf in Resources with links as to where to buy them, and a link on how to sterilize them.

Mason Jars - An introduction to Quart- and Half-Pint Mason (canning) Jars

Going above and beyond to keep your pouches puncture-free!

Plastic Wrap - An Extra Layer of Protection

Mylar bags - that "untearable, shiny, lightweight material"... ideal for storing your dehydrated food pouches for long-term food storage. NOTE: We do NOT vacuum the air out of the Mylar bag, though we do add an oxygen absorber in the Mylar bag prior to sealing it up.

Mylar Bags - Keeps out Air, Light, and Moisture

Plastic lidded bins and buckets are for the serious long-term food storage folk. With all the turmoil world-wide, it behooves us to have enough food on-hand for at least a couple of months... and that's where the air-tight buckets come in. Most bins are NOT air-tight, but are OK to use nonetheless. Only use 2000cc oxygen absorbers in air-tight containers (buckets usually). As always - Remember To Rotate Your Stock!

Plastic Lidded Bins and Buckets - For Long Term Storage
+ Build Your Own "Out of Sight" Food Storage System
1 lecture 04:16

If you don't have a spare closet (come on ladies... like that's ever gonna happen???) do what I did... create a "wall of dehydrated food." Took about three hours. Hardest part was locating the curtains I had hidden up in the attic...

The Secret "Wall of Dehydrated Food"
+ Re-Hydrating Dehydrated Food
1 lecture 03:56

Time to "Put the Water Back In!" Important tips on the best water to use - and how much. See our shredded carrot example.

How to Re-Hydrate your Food.
+ Before We Get Going With Fruit and Veg and Meat... Don't Shoot the Messenger!
1 lecture 01:48

I didn't want to have ONE lecture as a blanket-statement covering the dehydrating temperatures. I wanted to make it easy for you to see that carrots dehydrate at 125°F to 135°F - and meats at 160°F - posted right there in their specific video lectures!

When you need to come back to fruit leathers in the future, you'll see right there in their video that they dehydrate at a higher temperature. And green beans? Oh, it's right there... on their video. And mushrooms? Yep, they're the odd-ball veggie... but it's right there in the video!

If I'd have chosen to go with one video having a list of all the fruits and veggies' dehydrating temperatures, it would have meant you having to go back and forth between one video list to get pertinent dehydrating temperatures - and then having to go back to your fruit/veg of choice to continue with preparation information... and that didn't sit well with me.

So I made this short video to explain why there is a seemingly repetitious nature throughout the fruits and veggies sections of my Food Dehydrating Made Easy! course.

Thanks for watching - I know I'll sleep better tonight now!

Why I repeat "turn on your dehydrator..." and "rotate your trays"...
+ Dehydrating Fruit
16 lectures 35:39

Learn the Basics of Fruit Preparation. Find out which Fruits need to be Sprayed with Lemon Juice, and which don't!

Dehydrating Fruit for Healthy Snacks and for Long-term Food Storage

Do you remember what the three starchy fruits were?

What Starchy Fruits were mentioned?
1 question

Minimum Tray usage for fruit for Nesco™ Dehydrators and a reminder to "rotate your trays!"

Preview 02:14

'Bout Them Apples... Learn how easy it is to dehydrate apples for healthy snacks at home! Please see our Apple Sauce recipe at the end of this course!


I love Apricot Jam - spread across a freshly baked croissant...


Great for Back-Packing trips and Snacking at home. Please see our Banana Cinnamon Rolls recipe at the end of this course!



Going Bananas!
3 questions

Learn how to dehydrate Blueberries and Cranberries.


Cherries are great for Cobblers, Pies, and of course, Cocktails!


Fruit Rolls - AKA "Fruit Leathers" - Fun to Make, Kids Love 'Em!

Fruit Rolls

Fruit Rolls - fun facts... but are they true or false?

Fun Facts for Fruit Rolls - True or False?
4 questions

Raisins in Disguise...


Grapes - Raisins in Disguise...

Grapes - Red or Green
2 questions

Our Citrus Trio! Quick to Prep: Wash, Slice, and Away You Go!

Lemons, Limes, Oranges

Watermelon, Honeydew... and/or Cantaloupe too! Instructions on how to roast their seeds also.


Not Just for Lucky Georgians! Peach Melba... Peach Cobbler... Yum!


For a Compote or Pear Preserves.


Yes, those "Good for You" Prunes!


Rhubarb is great eaten raw as we all know... but dehydrated and then re-hydrated, it's good for Pies, Desserts, and Tarts.


Strawberries are Everyone's Favorite!