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August 5, 2015

Just last night I dehydrated some fresh melon. It is amazing how good it tastes! What a sensible snack. Just as I said before, much better than potato chips!

Here is about 1 whole honeydew melon, 2/3 cantaloupe, and about one half of a seedless watermelon.
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I think I prefer the fruit dehydrated. So much more convenient and so tasty too! Less waste, no more black bananas going into the trash when there is not time to make muffins or bread.

Purchase large quantities of berries in season, dehydrate, vaccuum seal, and store. You can have delicious blueberry muffins any time of year without having to pay a fortune for fresh berries. The possibilites are endless...

The Excalabur 3920TB Food Dehydrator which is a 9 try unit with a built in timer: At first I thought the 9 tray unit would be too much. I was wrong, it is perfect! The book on top is  The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook by Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff & September Ferguson.
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Let's talk a bit about the vacuum sealer. I have the FoodSaver V3240 Vacuum Sealing System and also the FoodSaver Kit wide-mouth jar sealer, regular sealer, and accessory hose.
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It's not just for food :) . It seems to work well with my cannabis. I vacuum sealed some in jars and also in a bag. The bag sealing has a downside with the cannabis. It smooshes it, causes some of the trichs to stick to the bag, and kind of bricks up the product. Then again, for long term storage, it can be worth it. Easy to store large quantities with out the bulky jars. A good way to protect your medicine. Me personally, I prefer the jars. Actually, the vacuum sealer is a good too to protect any medications.
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From now on, whether it is cannabis or food, I am vacuum sealing my jars.

The vacuum sealer is a great tool for storing fresh foods as well as dehydrated foods. Recently I purchased some ground round (90/10) for only $378/pound. The packages were just under 5 pounds. I measured out 2 pounds and mixed in 2 tablespoons of seasoned bread crumbs and about 1 cup of shredded white cheddar and colby/jack cheese. Mixed it up real well and made up 9 1/4 pound hamburgers. I froze the patties for about 2 hours as the FoodSaver directions state, then vacuum sealed the patties individually. This makes for easy, long term storage of the fresh meat. The other meat I simply measured out 1/2 pound batches, froze for about 2 hours, and vacuum sealed for furture use. This fresh hamburger is much better than what I have received from Omaha Steaks or even Kansas City Steak Co.

These packages were taken out of the freezer so a little frost developed on them before I could take the picture.
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One item I will be buying in bulk from now on is white rice. A 50 pound bag for just under $17! I will put about 2 pounds into quart size cannig jars, vacuum seal, and store. It should be good for 20 years in storage.
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