Audio Book

Easy Food Dehydrating Audio Book.

Easy Food Dehydrating
Audio Book.

Susan's book teaches you how to STOP throwing away spoiled fruits and veggies and your hard-earned money down the drain. Dehydrate fruit and vegetables instead and serve up healthy treats that both you and your kids will enjoy!

Buy Now on Audible - Easy Food Dehydrating Audio Book on Audible

Since 2010, I've been obsessed with food dehydrating - so much so that I created my sister site: Easy Food Dehydrating. It all started when I realized I had no real "backup" food available for when there was an emergency.

Living in central Florida, it's a given that we'll lose power when hurricanes hit. Most people only have 3 day's worth of food in their pantries... that's only NINE meals! When our power goes out due to hurricanes, power is out for at least a week.

Then there's the issue of having to throw the freezer stuff out because you can't eat it all in a day, and messing around with ice cubes and coolers isn't "cool."

When the power came back on... I did research and discovered that dehydrating fresh foods when they're in season was the way to go. You don't need electricity to store them (i.e. freezer electric power) and dried goods take up far less room on the shelves. Plus they look good stored in Mason jars!

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It's Easy... with Easy Food Dehydrating Audio Book!

It's Easy... with
Easy Food Dehydrating
Audio Book!

Dehydrating food is easy - when you know how! You don't need many tools; simply a food dehydrator (or use your oven), and a FoodSaver food vacuum sealer, bags, and oxygen absorbers.

Speaking of dehydrators: Learn about Nesco and Excalibur food dehydrators along with the FoodSaver vacuum-sealer machine. Discover how to use Vacuum-Sealer bags, Mylar bags, Oxygen Absorbers, and Plastic Bins and Buckets and how to safely store your dehydrated goodies.

Easy Food Dehydrating and Safe Food Storage contains information on dehydrating, storing, and re-hydrating your foods. Also included are easy-to-make recipes the whole family will enjoy.

To close out the audiobook, let's not forget why you should begin dehydrating food in these uncertain times - and how having dehydrated food on hand in emergency situations could just save your family's lives. Be a good neighbor, and spread the love.

Easy Food Dehydrating is here to make sure
your family never runs short of food...

Easy Food Dehydrating
is here to make sure
your family never
runs short of food...

This Audiobook covers:

  • How to Dehydrate Fruit, Vegetables, and Meat in Six Simple Steps
  • Your Dehydrating Fruit and Veggie HQs
  • Dehydrating Pet Food
  • Make Your Own Dog Food
  • Oft-Missed Step: Conditioning Dehydrated Food
  • How to Store Dehydrated Food Safely
  • Food Dehydrators, the Excalibur and Nesco 'starter' models
  • FoodSaver brand Vacuum Sealer
  • Re-hydrating Food by putting the water back in!
  • Easy Dehydrated Food Recipes ~ Main meals, Desserts, and Extras!
  • Frequently Asked Questions - along with their answers
  • Why dehydrate food at all?

Thank you for listening, and happy dehydrating!

Buy Now on Audible - Easy Food Dehydrating Audio Book on Audible
  • By: Susan Gast and Narrated by Susan Gast
  • Length: 4 hrs and 44 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Categories: Home & Garden, Food & Wine
  • PS - If you'd rather have a paperback or eBook of Susan's Easy Food Dehydrating and Safe Food storage, hop on over to this page to learn more.

    Most Popular Methods of Food Preservation

    The most popular and common methods of preserving foods to extend their shelf life include:

    Drying/Dehydrating: Removing moisture prevents the growth of bacteria and molds because water activity is too low. Sun drying (raisins) or using an electric dehydrator (fruit leathers, jerky) is popular in homes today.

    Refrigeration/Freezing: Lowering the temperature, both above and below freezing, slows down deterioration tremendously. This keeps freshness and buys more time before spoiling. Refrigerating is the most common short-term preservation.

    Canning: One of the most popular home techniques. Canning uses sterilized glass jars and high heat treatment to kill microorganisms and seal foods in an airtight environment. Acid foods like fruits and pickles can use boiling water while low-acid items like vegetables require a pressure canner to achieve higher heat needed for microbial kill.

    Salting/Curing: An ancient preservation method that works by dehydrating foods and creating unfavorable salty conditions for microbes. Salting vegetables, fish, and meats (to make things like prosciutto) are common.

    Jams/Jellies: Using large amounts of sugar and an acidic environment renders the fruit or juice dense, tasty, and uninhabitable for spoilage organisms. The sugar acts as a natural preservative once concentrations get very high.

    Today refrigeration is by far the most common for short-term storage and freezing/canning are popular methods for storing foods much longer term, up to years with proper practice. Sugar, salts, and acid enable practical preservation too in the right recipes and applications.

    After reading this list, you can see why I choose to use an electric dehydrator. Time saver! Ease of use!

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    Ever Wondered HOW to Narrate An Audio Book?

    Ever Wondered HOW to
    Narrate An Audio Book?

    Watch this short video by Susan. She shares the secret to narrating an audiobook—with the help of Derek Doepker!

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    Susan Gast created this website to showcase her puzzle books and other fiction and non-fiction books she's written and produced since 2012. Read Susan's story here.

    Since 1980, Susan's involvement in publishing - in one form or another - led her to create "reviews" of products related to the publishing industry. She realized it was time to explain how she created all those books and got them to market.

    Since 2010, Susan has also owned and operated Easy Food Dehydrating where she is featured on the Mother Earth News blog, and on Solo Build It (SBI). Read her first SBI interview and her second SBI interview.

    The sites mentioned are hosted by the amazing team at Solo Build It!

    Do you want to send Susan a quick message? Visit her contact page here.

    She'd love to hear from you!

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