I think we need a bit of a discussion. Many people in this group use freezers and do quite a bit of canning and freezing. Most of us have been raised with these relatively new methods of food preservation. We tend to stick to what is familiar. For most of us, dehydrating foods is not familiar.
It’s hard to imagine storing food that doesn’t spoil without electricity or canning. Dehydrated food looks strange to us, and we don’t treat it the same way we do when we are using canned or frozen food. The convenience of opening a container and plopping it into a pot and having it ready in a matter of minutes just isn’t there.
Canning was invented by a Frenchman, Nichols Appert in 1809. He won a prize when he invented a method of providing better food for Napoleon’s Army.
Now, why do you choose dehydrating foods over freezing and canning?
- Some people will do it for the novelty. Electric dehydrators provide a new twist to a food preservation method that has been documented at least before 1,200 years.
- Some people do it because it is the most economical method of food preservation. Once your food it preserved, it does not require any additional expenses to keep it stored.
- Some people do it because the shelf life is so great. Most dehydrated foods will keep at least ten to twenty years.
- Some people do it because it is the most reliable form of food preservation. You don’t need to worry about thousands of dollars worth of food spoiling if the electricity or your freezer fails.
- Some people do it because it is lightweight. That makes it perfect for camping and traveling.
- Some people do it because it causes the least nutritional damage than any other form of food preservation.
- Some people do it for health reasons. They want to avoid unwanted chemicals and additives in their food.
- Some people do it because it requires very little storage space.
- Some people do it because it is an ideal method to set aside stores of food for the unexpected emergency. That may range from some major natural disaster (long-lasting drought) to political upheaval (wars & riots) to economic collapse.