February 23, 2022

What 6 large green peppers look like after dehydrating them! Crazy isn't it? - Prep and Pantry work going on right now in the American Housewife Household

Busy!  Not much being posted lately by way of recipes, but a busy toddler, a few unexpected things in 'life' we're dealing with and of course the state of things being what they are right now, I'm also trying to do some canning, dehydrating and 'stocking up' just in case.

If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen this, but I just love seeing the results of dehydrating foods!  

This is the dried green pepper bits from... SIX (6) large green bell peppers!  

It's so awesome!  After drying, each 1/4 cup of diced pepper basically equals about 1 fresh. 

I store bell peppers in various ways, but for our family, I do a few bags of green peppers frozen, and the rest I dry as I tend to use them in soups and stews, which are perfect for dehydrated (or freeze dried). 

Red and yellow peppers are mostly cut into strips and food sealed and frozen as I use them in stir-fry, and fajita's, etc.  It's super easy to cut them into diced if needed as well from frozen state.

(Just because we are on topic - as a side note, I buy containers of sliced mushrooms and immediately put them into the freezer as they are unless I am using them that night or the next day.   I throw them into soups, stews, the pan to saute', etc. straight from frozen state as well).

Lots of "prep" work going on behind the scenes...  

NOTE:  if you are wondering about my dehydrator - it came from Amazon.

I don't have a high-end, expensive dehydrator, as I can't afford that - but I have upgraded from my 'starter' dehydrator I have had and used for the past 10 years.  

My first dehydrator (there are posts here on An American Housewife) was a very frugal model, a basic round, with no temperature control.  Just 'off' and 'on' switches.  It worked fairly well for most things but when the plastic lid finally cracked from time, heat, age and use, I was gifted a newer upgrade by my husband last Christmas.  I love it, as it works well, and it's affordable.  (About $150 - give or take).  

I do need to buy more trays for it so I can make more fruit leathers and I'm going to buy more canvas style trays as well to catch the little dried bits like celery, which get so small they fall through the larger squares.  I'm currently using my homemade round canvas trays, which work fine, but I have the canvas trays in my "wish list" on Amazon to purchase as soon as I get a little extra fundage in the budget. 

COSORI Food Dehydrator


(50 Recipes) for Jerky Fruit, Meat, Dog Treats, Herbs, and Yogurt, Dryer Machine with Temperature Control, 6 Stainless Steel Trays, ETL Listed, Silver 


Here are the trays and liners I have bookmarked on my Amazon wish list for my dehydrator, just in case you wanted them too! 


    The fruit leather roll sheets I have bookmarked to purchase for my Cosori dehydrator - link


     The canvas trays to use for 'tiny' items that fall through, like the dried celery and bits of pepper diced small - link



    These are non-stick versions of the trays to make things like fruit leather, dried yogurt, etc. - link





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