Well, I have been a drying fool, I have had my dehydrator going since I got it, and I now have jar after jar of amazing dried goodies, I know how to use them by adding to soups/stews, make stewed fruit, use them in baking etc.
I got in the habit of using dried veggies and fruit from when we lived in the artic, when shipping is based on weight, you learn how to bring that cost down by ordering alot of dried foods, why pay for water weight!
I”ve made Jerky for years, and since being on the farm, I have dried alot of herbs and greens for winter use, more so then ever before, Now I had not made alot of fruit leathers, which has been a good learning curve but both of us are enjoying them, the only issue is that you can eat alot of fruit in a very short time, and fruit is to be a extra or a sweet, right now Dh is back up to eating at least a pint of fruit daily at work..
So I wanted to get a book on how to use those foods in a much wider way, so I ordered the Dehydrator bible, which includes over 400 recipes, I have been reading it, the recipes look good, the choices in recipes for all the main meals plus snacks is excellent. There is even a section on how to make crafts and or dog or cat treats.. I will have to give those a try, I can see a bag of them being used as a xmas gift to a few of my critter loving friends.
I do find the first couple chapters to be very much a repeat to the book that came with the dehydrator, they do have a few thing that the other one did not but overall the information is the same, that is a good thing, I like it when books agree with each other on the basics.
The only downside of the book that I can see is the amount of recipes that only make one serving, HUH? How often do you make a meal that serves one, now I think? that the idea is that this can be pre-made and then stored so that folks can just add water, cook and wham, bam, supper on..
I can see how this would be a great, I love the idea of having at least 10 days worth of meals for breakfast, lunch, or supper for days that you just run out of time and or for when I leave Dh home alone.. I’m going to do a little challange on this, and will do a post on what meals I picked, why and how it went putting them together and showing the final results. I will also try share and review recipe per month for awhile to see how good they turn out.
I am not sure it would replace my liking to be able to say to Dh’s, just go get a jar of home canned soup, stew or chili, but on the other hand, I like the idea of dumping pre-made dried soup or stew or dinner into the crock pot, add the water and go work on the farm and come in to a hot meal.
So while I certainly need to make some of these recipes to prove them out, I have to say that reading the book has been great, they cover all the area’s that I can think of on reason’s why you would want to consider making and using meals based on dried foods, it gets a solid 4 and half out of five, losing half a point for all those single serving meals that mean I will have to attach cards and write out the portions for 4 to 6 portion meals.