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How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last

How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last

It’s all well and good to know everything out there about dehydrated food, the recipes available, and how to use the machine, but how are you going to really get your money’s worth out of it if you don’t know all of the other important details?  Important facts to know are:

  • What foods can I dehydrate?
  • How long does dehydrated food last?
  • What are some warnings to watch for?

By keeping all of these questions and their answers in mind, you’ll be able to take full advantage of the food dehydration world and all of the joys that go along with it.  These are all reasonable and important questions to think about.

What foods can I dehydrate?

The list of foods that you can dehydrate is long.  People have been perfecting the art for many years and have favoured items, but the thing is that you can dehydrate anything that you want.  It’s whatever works for your system.  Possible foods include

  • Peppers
  • Corn
  • Peas
  • Bananas
  • Apples
  • Oranges
  • Different meat varieties, etc

This list is only a partial one.  You can fill it out with all sorts of other fruits and vegetables so that you can get your favourite tastes.

The only thing that some warn against is dehydrating raw meat.  Beef jerky is a great snack that can make for a healthy thing to nibble on while on the go, but this is created from precooked meat that is seasoned and put together to form the snack you love.  Raw meat is different.

The main reason meat is dangerous to mess with is because it contains bacteria already.  When preparing other foods, you have to remove stems, seeds, cores, etc.  This is where a lot of the bacteria hides.

With raw meat, the bacteria cannot be removed because there is no cleaning or cooking process to kill it off.  The dehydration process will kill quite a bit of the bacteria, but it has a stronger chance of surviving the process.

Additionally, raw meat has a better chance of spoiling even within the window of freshness in dehydrated foods.  It’s something to think about. 

How long does dehydrated food last

The key to knowing how long your food will last is based how you package it.  At best, your food will keep for up to one year when you dehydrate it and store it in secure cans or bottles.  The best thing to use would be the canning jars, as they are meant to store food for a long time in air tight locations.  Otherwise, when it comes to dehydrated food keep these tips in mind:

  • Keep the food out of direct sunlight
  • Keep the food in a dry space where the air temperature stays cool and consistent
  • Check on the food regularly to make sure it looks good

These will help promote the long life of your dehydrated food so that it is there and ready for you to enjoy.

If you are looking for the best way to store your food, it would be to vacuum seal it in bags and put it in the freezer.  This can extend the life span of the food for years.

What are warnings to watch for

When you are checking your food over to make sure that it’s staying healthy and available for you to enjoy whenever you need it, check it for mould or discolouration.  Don’t be afraid to take it out of the can or bag to double check this.  If you think that something about the food looks off, open it up and smell it.  If it is questionable, it’s best to just chuck it out so that you don’t risk you health over something like that.

If you properly prepare and dehydrate and store your food, you won’t find that there is much need for throwing anything out.  This is a tried and tested technique that has been perfected over the years to ensure its safety for everyone involved.  Just ask the experts out there.

Conclusion

Food dehydration is a great thing to get into both in a money-wise sense, and health-wise.  There are so many long term benefits to look forward to about food dehydration and there are all sorts of guides out there that can help you make the best out of your food in terms of the right machines to use and the right foods to try out in order to get used to it.  So, when are you going to start your new adventure?