Saturday, March 22, 2008

Survivalhomestead Group

I've started a new yahoo group called "survivalhomestead" which is really an offshoot of the website I created and manage, http://www.survival-homestead.com/

The hope is that people who have been preparing for years will share their knowledge, those tips and tricks of preparing on a budget. There are many people who feel the need to prepare but have no idea how to get started, especially if money is tight.

Yesterday I did some more dehydrating. In the morning I dehydrated a pound of turkey bacon. It took about 8 hours, with a stop about half way through to take the bacon out of the dehydrator and place on paper towels to absorb the grease. I then cut a clean paper towel in half, and cut out a half circle in the middle of one long edge and placed two of those in each tray. I then placed the turkey bacon slices (which had been cut in half to start with) back on the trays on top of the paper towels. It worked beautifully. The rest of the drying was completed and any residual grease produced was absorbed by the paper towels! At the end of eight hours I had delicious crispy bacon.

I did this one other time and when I was done I placed four or 5 slices side-by-side in a quart-sized FoodSaver vacuum seal bag and vacuum sealed them. I then added those to my long-term food storage. This time I think I'm going to use the turkey bacon to add meat to some hearty dehydrated soups.

In fact, I'm in the process of writing an e-book that will feature a wealth of information about preparing dehydrated meals to be used in a bug out situation. I'll let you know when it comes out...probably at least a month.

Have a good day and get preparing.

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