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The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals Paperback – September 15, 2014
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"The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook is just that: the Ultimate...Its 18 chapters cover every aspect of dehydration and cooking with dehydrated foods...This book is great for those who are nervously just getting started on food preservation with all the information needed to successfully preserve food for later. It is also perfect for those who are moderate dehydrator-users already as it supplies exciting ideas to experiment with. I use my dehydrators frequently and consider myself a moderate to experienced home dehydrator and as I read this book I found countless ideas that blew my mind." (A Life Beyond Money blog 2014-09-29)
"The amount of detail in this gem of a food preservation book shows...that the authors really know their craft. Things I never would have considered doing with my dehydrator or the foods I had dehydrated! There are 398 recipes included and I don't mean just soups and stews. How about instant soup mixes, packets for dry rubs for flavoring meat and--wait for it--desserts." (HomesteadDreamer.com 2014-09-22)
"Far more than a simple cookbook, the authors preface the recipes with dozens of pages outlining the principles and benefits of dehydration...Fully half the book is dedicated to recipes on using your home-dehydrated foods actively as ingredients, rather than thinking of them as standalone foods. For example, a layered mélange of dehydrated vegetables in a jar makes a simple just-add-water soup that is not just handy, but makes a thoughtful gift. Smoothies can brim with the flavor of ripe summer fruit year-round." (Sean Timberlake Punk Domestics.com 2014-09-29)
"This quickly became one of the most valued books in my library...I can point to numerous examples of things that I just did not know even after three years of dehydrating...You need this book first--BEFORE you start. And you need to pay special attention to the first three chapters--25 pages of easy, enjoyable, plain English reading with plenty of timesaving tips, troubleshooting sections, and references of other places to look in the book for related reading. Once you have done that, you can begin to use this book as your standard, go-to reference for specifics on dehydrating particular goods for particular purposes." (Jo Rellimi Homestead Chronicles.com 2014-10-11)
"Whether you are an avid gardener or you bring your produce home from the grocery store, The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook will inspire and motivate you!...I was originally unenthusiastic about dehydrating because I'm a home canner...After reading this book, I was very surprised at the amount of nutrients that are lost when it comes to preserving food by freezing, canning and dehydrating. And you guessed it, dehydrating is the best option for preserving those nutrients!...Not only will the book inspire you to dehydrate more, but the wonderful recipe section will have you dreaming up all kinds of meals and desserts for your family." (The Survival Mom.com 2014-10-14)
"I was intrigued by the part of the title that mentioned 398 recipes. That alone is a lot of recipes, but for dehydrating food that is huge! I mean how many things can you really dehydrate and/or make with dehydrated food?...Apparently tons! Besides giving you a mega list of recipes, it teaches you how dehydration works...Whether you are a newbie to dehydrating or a seasoned vet, I guarantee that you will learn new, amazing and inspirational things that you will not find in any other book of this genre." (Sharon Pannell The Trailer Park Homesteader blog 2014-11-05)
"If you are serious about creating a PREPared kitchen, a dehydrator is a must-have tool for your kitchen, and The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook belongs on your shelf. It's really that good." (Jane Baldwin momwithaprep.com 2014-11-12)
"From camping foods to holiday feasts, there is something for everyone...and from now on, this is the book I will be recommending. Those new to dehydrating will appreciate the alphabetical list of instructions for almost every fruit and veggie you can think of. Those who already have jars and jars of dehydrated food on the shelves will appreciate the HUNDREDS of recipes making use of them. This is truly the only book on the subject you will ever need." (Lanette Lepper Mother Earth News.com 2014-10-02)
About the Author
Tammy Gangloff is an expert and leading authority on food dehydration. She is the face of, and the knowledge and information behind, Dehydrate2Store.com, a leading online resource in food dehydration education. A stay at home mother of four, she is a strong believer in self-reliance and home preparedness, and avidly researched and practiced food canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Most interested in food dehydration, and unsatisfied with the resources available to her to learn the art, she began dehydrating foods full time and developing her own techniques. With her four dehydrators running day and night, Tammy has attempted to dehydrate nearly every available fruit, vegetable, and herb sold in the United States. Tammy first gained widespread recognition through her instructional YouTube videos, and then through the development of Dehydrate2Store. She has since spoken on numerous talk radio shows and podcasts, and has been published in interviews in printed newspapers and online. She has also led talks at preparedness expositions, and served as an expert Technical Editor for The Complete Idiot's Guide: Dehydrating Foods. Her fan base through Dehydrate2Store and YouTube includes tens of thousands of Internet followers, and a reach of millions of viewers in the United States and beyond.
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It is absolutely the BEST dehydrator book I have, and I have Mary Bell's, Ball Blue Book, and several others.
Tammy Gangloff lays out dehydration in SIMPLE steps, LOGICAL sections, Brief yet to the point, with TIPS and insights which only come for experience. I have 3 Excalibur dehydrators and have been dehydrating for over a decade, and found LOTS of USEFUL, Easy to Grab info while dehydrating, and even new wonderful recipes (for example drying cucumbers and making refrigerator pickles, and several Salsa Mix recipes!) I'm ecstatic! Tammy Rocks!
I HIGHLY HIGHLY HIGHLY RECOMMEND this book, "The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook"!!!!!!!!!!
The second and 3rd picture show my peaches off the tree, and dehydrated per the book, ready for fruity oatmeal later on.
If you don't have a dehydrator yet, I absolutely love this one. Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black
There are three major forms of preserving food: freezing, canning, and dehydration. You can only pack so much in your freezer. If the power goes out you can lose your food when it thaws out. Canning, allows you to store your harvest for years but then you are left with the bulkiness and storage of the mason jars. Dehydration is the ultimate form of food preservation. You can dehydrate your food, vacuum seal it and store it for years. Because you eliminate the water content your dehydrated food becomes light in weight. Then all you have to do is add water to your food and it becomes rehydrated. You can store a year's supply of food in a small plastic tote that you can slip under your bed or store in your closet.
If the power goes out all you have to do is add some of your dehydrated food to an existing meal to make it taste as if you are in a restaurant and not roughing it. While others are running to the store to snatch up what supplies they can find, you will be home enjoying what you already have. Here is a quote from Tammy Gangloff that really hits home for me, "If everyone kept a stocked pantry and practiced self-reliance this craziness wouldn't exist." What better way to help fill your pantry with dehydrated food that you made yourself. So if you have a garden with an abundance harvest or purchase a surplus foods from the Farmer's Market, don't forget to dehydrate.
The one problem I can see with her book is that she uses the Excalibur dehydrator, which is pretty darn expensive, and a lot of people will never be able to afford one (including me)... I purchased a Magic Mill dehydrator with stainless steel shelves (for much less) and it's doing a great job. However, if I try to dehydrate foods using Tammy's temp and time recommendations, they won't dehydrate all the way.. I've found it's important to use my dehydrators recommendations for time and temps. Other than that, she has some really great ideas in this book for preppers as well as every day meal making.
She uses a lot of high end appliances, but you can do it all for much less, with more affordable tools and appliances. Hopefully no one will be turned off from dehydrating thinking it costs a small fortune. It really doesn't if you just buy smart.
However, there is a fairly comprehensive listing of dehydrating equipment and tools on the Dehydrate2Store website and it is advisable to go through these first if one is looking for such resources. It will save a lot of time. Instead of browsing through individual search listings on Amazon, one can short-list the items first and then look at the items on Amazon for reviews, usefulness and reliability.