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Dried & Non-refrigerated Foods

Dried foods have been around for a very long time. And until the introduction of refrigeration, foods were kept by using several different methods . . .

  • Salting
  • Air-drying
  • Parching by fire
  • Smoking

Jerky is a prime example of how meat foods were kept. The meat product was salted and then dehydrated, keeping it edible for a long time. Today the modern conveniences of dehydrators and prepared seasoning packets with the exactly correct amount of seasonings and salt makes making your own jerky at home even easier. This process is taken to the next level of survival by those that make jerky using venison they have processed themselves. Not to say that beef, buffalo, goat and other meats don't make a tasty jerky. Get more information for making homemade jerky at this link.

Just like jerky, other dehydrated foods are not only easily kept but also move easily and quickly, should the need arise. In addition, they are easy to prepare and don't spoil. Today's dehydrated foods are nourishing as well as tasty.

Today many stores and retailers offer dehydrated foods with some retailers specializing in dehydrated foods only. Some of the more common dehydrated foods you can find at your local market are:
  • Packaged soups
  • Powdered milk
  • Powdered creamers
  • Mashed potatoes
  • Rice (5-minute)
  • Dried fruit (apples; other fruit like apricots, prunes, peaches, pears contain moisture)
  • Onion flakes
  • Prepared cocoa *

Some specialty items available are:
  • Freeze-dried strawberries, blueberries
  • Dehydrated baked beans
  • Powdered eggs
  • Dried tomato sauce

* Save money by making your own home-made cocoa mix by combining the following:
  • 1 lb. cocoa
  • 2 lbs. dried milk
  • 3 lbs sugar

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