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!
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  • Lectures 69
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level Beginner Level
  • Languages English
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Published 2/2015 English

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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.

What are the requirements?

  • 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!

What am I going to get from this course?

  • 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 "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!

Who is the target audience?

  • 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!

What you get with this course?

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Section 1: Hello from Susan at Food Dehydrating Made Easy!

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!

Section 2: Six Steps to Safely Dehydrate Food

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!

1 question

Can you remember the six-step sequence?

Section 3: The Nesco™ and Excalibur™ Dehydrators

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


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.


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!

5 questions

The Nesco™ Dehydrator is:

Section 4: Safely Sealing your Food with a Vacuum-Sealing Machine

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

1 question

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


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


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.


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!

Section 5: Oxygen Absorbers

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!


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!


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.


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!

3 questions

An oxygen absorber is good when it is:

Section 6: Storing Food Safely for Short- or Long-Term Storage

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.


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


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.


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!

Section 7: Build Your Own "Out of Sight" Food Storage System

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...

Section 8: Re-Hydrating Dehydrated Food

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

Section 9: Before We Get Going With Fruit and Veg and Meat... Don't Shoot the Messenger!

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!

Section 10: Dehydrating Fruit

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

1 question

Do you remember what the three starchy fruits were?


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


'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!

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!

4 questions

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


Raisins in Disguise...

2 questions

Grapes - Raisins in Disguise...


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


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!

Section 11: Dehydrating Vegetables

Learn the Basics of Vegetable Preparation. See which Vegetables need Blanching, or Steaming - and which don't!


Minimum Tray usage for veggies for Nesco™ Dehydrators and a reminder to "rotate your trays!". Feel free to skip this video if you have already seen the "fruit" version!


Dehydrate Broccoli - So even your kids will eat it in Soups and Sauces!


Well Worth the Effort of Peeling...


One Head of Cabbage goes a L-o-o-o-o-ng Way!


Watch out for Orange Hands :-) Please see our recipe for Carrot Soup at the end of this course!


Great for Soups and Sauces. Please see our recipe for Cauliflower Soup at the end of this course!


The one-third part of the Onion, Carrot, and Celery Trio known as "mirepoix". Celery is fun to dehydrate, easy to prep - and they remind me of tiny seahorses for some reason!


Chowder anyone? Great fiber in this veggie - add to other vegetable soups too!


Garlic - Regular or Elephant size! You can even grind garlic to make your own Garlic Powder!


Green Beans Fresh - or - Frozen! Even Canned can be used!


Mushrooms are the Trickiest to Dehydrate... Learn why!


Yellow, White, Sweet Red - Rings or Diced - Fresh or Frozen! Just watch out for the odor...


Picked Fresh from the Pods -or - from the bag in the freezer!


I love Colorful Peppers - Red, Yellow, or Green - Sliced or Diced! Great for omelets, stir-fries! Salsa anyone? When dehydrated, peppers take up a lot less room than fresh peppers - plus, they're not cheap, so this is a great way to make sure they don't go bad on you before you get a chance to use 'em all up!


Sliced, Diced - Fresh -or- Frozen! Please see our recipe for Potato Bacon Hash at the end of this course!

1 question

It's not easy saying ________


Sliced for Dehydrating, or Pureed for a "Leather" - Make your own Spaghetti Sauce!


Zucchini is great for Ratatouille, Breads, Chips and Dips! Please see our recipe for Ratatouille at the end of this course!

Section 12: Dehydrating Meat

Ideal for Backpacking or for Long-term Food Storage - We'll go over our use of pre-cooked meat. Your dehydrator's manual will show you how to make jerky - but we're all about "long-term food storage" in this course and how to use your dehydrator for more than just jerky-making!


Our Easy way to Dehydrate this favorite protein.


Yes, Dehydrate Beef from Pre-cooked Slices, and/or Leftovers!


One of the "healthier" meats - Gobble up all you can - it's not just for Thanksgiving anymore!

1 question

Temperature setting is different!

Section 13: BONUS - Make Your Own Pet Food and a Few Favorite Recipes!

Yes you CAN make your own dog food and my Min Pin is living proof of just how good it is! She has a shiny coat, bright eyes, and tons of energy... and she's almost eight years old... runs rings around me! Good, wholesome ingredients are key and I'll show you how to make it.


Bonus Lecture - what the chicken chow looks like dehydrated and re-hydrated

Section 14: A Little Information About Our Recipes...
11 pages

Just a note to let you know that all the recipes featured are included as a printable .pdf over in the Resources in this section!


My dad loves this simple, classic soup. It's the surprising orange tangy taste that gives it the kick! Make some today and see for yourself just how good it is!


Creamy, tasty, satisfying cauliflower soup!


The aroma of this breakfast/brunch meal will have your family ambling in to the kitchen to see what's cookin'!


The smell of the French Riviera... or Italy... almost... in your kitchen. Easier to make than it is to pronounce, "ratatouille" (ra-ta-too-ee or ra-ta-twee) is a savory blend of herbs, onions, zucchini and yellow squash, tomatoes, olives... and more! Add rice or orzo as a side and there you have a great meal.


Easy-to-make homemade apple sauce - great warmed up and poured over vanilla ice cream!


OMG - these should be illegal! So decadent... so sweet and rich-tasting... and best of all? Hardly any fat! It doesn't get much better than these totally healthy Banana Cinnamon Rolls brought to you by raw food Chef Alicia Ojeda.

Section 15: Thank You!

Thank You so much for taking time out of your busy schedule to fit me in! I really do appreciate it.

I hope you got a lot out of this Food Dehydrating Made Easy! course and if you did, please leave a favorable review - it would mean a great deal to me.

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Instructor Biography

Susan Gast, Cinemagraph Designer; Food Dehydrating Guru; Course Creator

About Susan Gast:
Born in Northern England, Susan emigrated to Florida with her parents back in 1980. She is married to a great guy, Alan, and together they adopted a fabulous Miniature Pinscher who pretty much runs the household and keeps them in check.

When she's not at the PC typing her heart out and getting cross-eyed, you can find her enjoying the sunshine and strolling the sandy beaches along Florida's Treasure Coast.

Her Courses:

Food Dehydrating Made Easy!

Would you like to learn the ins and outs of food dehydrating and make sure your food pantry is fully-stocked year 'round - ? Would you like to have peace of mind as to where your next meal is coming from if and when a national disaster strikes, be it weather-related or man-made? If so, you're at the right place!

Susan has been involved in the food dehydrating industry since 2010 and has authored three books on the topic of food dehydrating... so you're in "good hands." She looks forward to sharing her knowledge of food dehydrating with you and making sure you and your family are well-fed - especially during tough times.

Cinemagraphs the Easy Way - Create Superb 'Living Photos'!

Food dehydrating isn't her only interest though. Susan thought it was time to share her knowledge of how to create affordable Cinemagraphs. Not only are they effective at procuring clicks on your favorite social site posts, they're lots of fun to make!

Cinemagraph Short Cut by Susan Gast

This is my first FREE course and it's a lite version of the above Cinemagraphs the Easy Way - Create Superb 'Living Photos'.

Reading and Writing

Susan loves to read and write and she also offers affordable proofreading services to fellow course instructors at reduced rates. You can reach Susan by private messaging her by clicking on her profile photo.

And in her downtime?

Susan loves learning from you guys and gals and enjoys taking YOUR Udemy courses!

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