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August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Eggs…

If you have chickens, you have a sustainable source. I did up, up until recently.

Eggs from your own last longer when they are not washed. For a short while they don’t require refrigeration if kept in a cool dark spot, but hard to say how long that is. I used the old floating method to gauge, but you can easily tell when they go really bad.

There are freeze dried and dehydrated eggs and egg crystal options in pouches and cans. I have several options, but they’re for a rainy day. I might get around to trying them out in the near future. Expiration dates vary (3-10 years, iirc), and are not as long as some other LT food.

One egg substitute for baking is apple sauce. If you look up Vegan alternatives to eggs you’ll find some others with longer shelf lives. One source:
https://plenteousveg.com/vegan-egg-substitutes-baking/

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August 28, 2017 NJMike 0

Eggs…

If you have chickens, you have a sustainable source. I did up, up until recently.

Eggs from your own last longer when they are not washed. For a short while they don’t require refrigeration if kept in a cool dark spot, but hard to say how long that is. I used the old floating method to gauge, but you can easily tell when they go really bad.

There are freeze dried and dehydrated eggs and egg crystal options in pouches and cans. I have several options, but they’re for a rainy day. I might get around to trying them out in the near future. Expiration dates vary (3-10 years, iirc), and are not as long as some other LT food.

One egg substitute for baking is apple sauce. If you look up Vegan alternatives to eggs you’ll find some others with longer shelf lives. One source:
https://plenteousveg.com/vegan-egg-substitutes-baking/

Statistics: Posted by NJMike — Mon Aug 28, 2017 2:26 pm


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August 28, 2017 JayJay 0

Hey–I hear ya!! I open a different bucket of rice every year.
I have 16 buckets, so I check every now and then.
I have thrown away lots of things like flour, pancake mix, but don’t consider it a loss really.
When I eat out it’s a cost of $20-$30 and that’s not considered a loss, so why storing food that got old considered a loss?
I just replaced the flour and pancake mix yesterday.

Better have than not, right??

Put a few pears in warm water and see if they are still good. :p

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August 28, 2017 JayJay 0

Hey–I hear ya!! I open a different bucket of rice every year.
I have 16 buckets, so I check every now and then.
I have thrown away lots of things like flour, pancake mix, but don’t consider it a loss really.
When I eat out it’s a cost of $20-$30 and that’s not considered a loss, so why storing food that got old considered a loss?
I just replaced the flour and pancake mix yesterday.

Better have than not, right??

Put a few pears in warm water and see if they are still good. :p

Statistics: Posted by JayJay — Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:15 pm


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August 28, 2017 JayJay 0

Hey–I hear ya!! I open a different bucket of rice every year.
I have 16 buckets, so I check every now and then.
I have thrown away lots of things like flour, pancake mix, but don’t consider it a loss really.
When I eat out it’s a cost of $20-$30 and that’s not considered a loss, so why storing food that got old considered a loss?
I just replaced the flour and pancake mix yesterday.

Better have than not, right??

Put a few pears in warm water and see if they are still good. :p

Statistics: Posted by JayJay — Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:15 pm


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August 28, 2017 JayJay 0

Hey–I hear ya!! I open a different bucket of rice every year.
I have 16 buckets, so I check every now and then.
I have thrown away lots of things like flour, pancake mix, but don’t consider it a loss really.
When I eat out it’s a cost of $20-$30 and that’s not considered a loss, so why storing food that got old considered a loss?
I just replaced the flour and pancake mix yesterday.

Better have than not, right??

Put a few pears in warm water and see if they are still good. :p

Statistics: Posted by JayJay — Mon Aug 28, 2017 12:15 pm


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August 28, 2017 JayJay 0

Hey–I hear ya!! I open a different bucket of rice every year.
I have 16 buckets, so I check every now and then.
I have thrown away lots of things like flour, pancake mix, but don’t consider it a loss really.
When I eat out it’s a cost of $20-$30 and that’s not considered a loss, so why storing food that got old considered a loss?
I just replaced the flour and pancake mix yesterday.

Better have than not, right??

Put a few pears in warm water and see if they are still good. :p

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August 27, 2017 jean11 0

I would go ahead and taste some of the pears to see if they are worth saving. My guess is that they are still good. This summer I’ve had an abundance of yellow crookneck and pattypan squash. I decided to cook it first, then dehydrate it, and it turned out surprisingly good. It’s vacuumed sealed and I’m glad I have it.

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August 27, 2017 jean11 0

I would go ahead and taste some of the pears to see if they are worth saving. My guess is that they are still good. This summer I’ve had an abundance of yellow crookneck and pattypan squash. I decided to cook it first, then dehydrate it, and it turned out surprisingly good. It’s vacuumed sealed and I’m glad I have it.

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August 26, 2017 lbgreen 0

OK guys all you pro’s out there I have a question. I was going through some of my stock, I like to check on things about every 5 years. I found a gallon bag of dehydrated pears that the seal was broken on. I wanted to cry. Are they ruined? They look ok, Should I taste them? Out of about 50 bags this was the only bag that had a broken seal. They were packaged using a food dehydrator and an 02 absorber, then they were placed in a mylar with 02 absorbers, then in a large plastic bucket with a lid? Should I just toss them, or do you think they are ok? I hate to loose a whole gallon of pears that could possibly still be good. Maybe I just need to use them now? I like to check my storage about every 5 years, I don’t mind the waste of 02’s, just to make sure my stores are still good. I can re-seal the large mylar bag with new 02’s, it just makes me more comfortable to go through and check things. It’s sort of like rotating cans to me :) Help anyone got any suggestions? :?

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June 29, 2017 FarmChix 0
LouKy wrote:

birdgirl+1 wrote:What is lehman’s? Birdgirl+1

Oh my goodness … Lehman’s is my favorite store. Go online and check it out. They have all kinds of stuff I want!! It’s a Prepper’s paradise. :drool: It IS kinda pricey though.

I just went up a few weeks ago and made my wish list. They have free shipping this weekend.

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June 29, 2017 FarmChix 0
LouKy wrote:

birdgirl+1 wrote:What is lehman’s? Birdgirl+1

Oh my goodness … Lehman’s is my favorite store. Go online and check it out. They have all kinds of stuff I want!! It’s a Prepper’s paradise. :drool: It IS kinda pricey though.

I just went up a few weeks ago and made my wish list. They have free shipping this weekend.

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Drying, Dehydrating, & Smoking • Re: Have you built your own solar dehydrator?

May 23, 2017 IceFire 0

I’ve built one, as well. 2x4sfor the main framework, with racks made of lath strips and screening. Also have screening stapled to the top and 3 sides of the main framework, with a flap of screening for the front to help keep critters out. It can e used as either a drying rack, or as a storage rack for winter squashes, onions, etc.

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May 23, 2017 IceFire 0

I’ve built one, as well. 2x4sfor the main framework, with racks made of lath strips and screening. Also have screening stapled to the top and 3 sides of the main framework, with a flap of screening for the front to help keep critters out. It can e used as either a drying rack, or as a storage rack for winter squashes, onions, etc.

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May 22, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
theoutback wrote:
Thanks for posting Max. I’m just finishing up building a barn and probably have about 80% of what is needed left over from the barn build. Looks like it would be much more efficient than other ones I’ve seen. :thumbup:

Sure, this is the book I picked up cheap at a used bookstore, it isn’t as cheap on Amazon, but I wanted a dehydrator smaller and more portable than the plans I was seeing online, so I’m going to give this one a try: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Food-Dryer … 0865715440

Let us know how your build goes!

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May 22, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
theoutback wrote:
Thanks for posting Max. I’m just finishing up building a barn and probably have about 80% of what is needed left over from the barn build. Looks like it would be much more efficient than other ones I’ve seen. :thumbup:

Sure, this is the book I picked up cheap at a used bookstore, it isn’t as cheap on Amazon, but I wanted a dehydrator smaller and more portable than the plans I was seeing online, so I’m going to give this one a try: https://www.amazon.com/Solar-Food-Dryer … 0865715440

Let us know how your build goes!

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May 17, 2017 ReadyMom 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Doesn’t the fruit go ‘rotten’, before it dries? We live with our backyard in a good southern exposure. LOTS of direct sun w/out trees in part of it. I’d love to try this, to see how well it works. -k

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May 17, 2017 ReadyMom 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Doesn’t the fruit go ‘rotten’, before it dries? We live with our backyard in a good southern exposure. LOTS of direct sun w/out trees in part of it. I’d love to try this, to see how well it works. -k

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May 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0
Fullmoon wrote:
Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Ever hear of an overdose. Be careful my friend.

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May 17, 2017 oldasrocks 0
Fullmoon wrote:
Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Ever hear of an overdose. Be careful my friend.

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May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Mon May 15, 2017 10:31 pm


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May 16, 2017 Fullmoon 0

Whatdayamean, they sell zink supplements in the health food stores for $45 per bottle. I get my zink for free. ;) Here where I live the summers are DRY, real low humidity like 6% so things dry out fast. Making grapes takes the longest amount of time, like 3 days for Thompson grapes. I set the box up on some concrete blocks inside the garden fence where it gets the most sun, this way I can pick fruit and its a short walk over to the dehydrator. Temperatures vary and are not constant but it works just the same.

Statistics: Posted by Fullmoon — Mon May 15, 2017 10:31 pm


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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
Fullmoon wrote:
I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

Are you using any materials to concentrate/collect the sun’s rays to heat the food dryer or is it more just an enclosure to keep flies/birds away?

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
Fullmoon wrote:
I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

Are you using any materials to concentrate/collect the sun’s rays to heat the food dryer or is it more just an enclosure to keep flies/birds away?

Statistics: Posted by maxwonderdog — Mon May 15, 2017 5:15 pm


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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Yes, except when it takes multiple days to dry, keeping a constant temperature, good airflow and keeping the birds and other animals away can be problematic.

Statistics: Posted by maxwonderdog — Mon May 15, 2017 4:56 pm


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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0
oldasrocks wrote:
Ain’t real hard. I stapled nylon screen to frames. Place sliced veggies on screen, sit in sunshine. Take off when dry.

Not rocket science.

The Indians had this figured out long ago. Kill deer. cut into thin strips. Possibly dip into salt, hang to dry.

Yes, except when it takes multiple days to dry, keeping a constant temperature, good airflow and keeping the birds and other animals away can be problematic.

Statistics: Posted by maxwonderdog — Mon May 15, 2017 4:56 pm


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May 15, 2017 Fullmoon 0

I built a large food dryer to hang bunches of grapes in and make raisins. Keeps the flies off the fruit and stops the birds from stealing the harvest. I used wooden dowels to hang the grapes from. Remove the dowels and insert some galvanized metal lath to place other fruits on to de-hydrate. Works great. Built mine out of 2×2″ frame with a hinged top to allow access from the top and covered with screen door material.

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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0

I just picked up a used book in the bookstore that has plans in it to build your own solar dehydrator. Here is another plan on line, this dehydrator is a lot larger than the plans in the book I have, http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/solar-food-dehydrator-plans-zm0z14jjzmar.

Have any of you built a solar dehydrator? It probably won’t happen for me this year but by next year, I would like to build one…

Statistics: Posted by maxwonderdog — Mon May 15, 2017 1:21 am


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May 15, 2017 maxwonderdog 0

I just picked up a used book in the bookstore that has plans in it to build your own solar dehydrator. Here is another plan on line, this dehydrator is a lot larger than the plans in the book I have, http://www.motherearthnews.com/diy/tools/solar-food-dehydrator-plans-zm0z14jjzmar.

Have any of you built a solar dehydrator? It probably won’t happen for me this year but by next year, I would like to build one…

Statistics: Posted by maxwonderdog — Mon May 15, 2017 1:21 am