A Lesson in Food Preservation

| 10/6/2014 11:50:00 AM

Tags: Food Preservation, Dried Apples, Dried Pears, Canning, Excalibur Dehydrator, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear friends,

My daughter-in-law, Krista, told me that Charlie was learning about food preservation and asked if he and Sophie could come over while we were canning. I opted for using the dehydrator instead, as canning would be more stressful with grandchildren around the stove and hot pears or bubbling applesauce.

They came one early evening, and we talked about how quickly food spoils, and one of the ways to save it for later use is to dry or dehydrate it. Grandpa let them each lift a cake pan containing five pounds of apples, and then showed them what that same amount looked like after being dried. A real space saver compared to canning. We also talked about how people used to dry food in the sun and wondered about the bugs.

food preservation/Charlie and Sophie 

I was looking at their cute faces and almost missed the pan of five pounds of apples! Sophie is holding the same amount after being dried.

food preservation/treats on the trays 

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