How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

Want to know how to dehydrate food? If you’re looking for a self sufficient way to preserve food, then this is a process you may want to try. Make food last longer by dehydrating.

How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

Any homesteader will agree that when it’s harvest time, you may end up with more produce than you can consume before it goes bad. So what can you do about this? Preserve it! There are a lot of ways on how to preserve food but if you’re looking for a process that can save you space and time, then dehydrating food may be the best option for you. So for your next homesteading project and self-sufficiency skill building, why not learn dehydrating. It’s a great way to save money and also awesome for stacking up on food for the rainy days.

What you’ll need for dehydrating food:

How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

  • Fruit or Vegetable of choice (I used garlic for this tutorial)
  • Dehydrator
  • Food processor or cutting board & knife
  • Parchment paper (optional)
  • Jars
  • Food vacuum sealer
  • Name a dish that doesn’t use garlic. There are so many dishes that call for garlic and having some handy anytime will make cooking so much easier. Dehydrated garlic will be great for soups and stews and you can even grind it for some homemade garlic powder. So grab a few pounds of garlic and let’s get to it.


    Step 1

    How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

    Prepare your garlic in your food processor by pulsing it. Do this until it’s minced.

    Step 2

    How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

    Spread the minced garlic evenly in one of the trays of your dehydrator. Repeat this for all other trays and stack them up.

    Step 3

    Let your dehydrator run for 8-12 hours until your garlic is completely dry.

    Step 4

    How to Dehydrate Foods to Preserve Them

    Time to store! Remove the dehydrated garlic from the tray and place it in the parchment paper. Once you’ve emptied a tray you can now transfer it into a jar. Once you’ve filled your jar use a food vacuum sealer to suck all the air out and preserve freshness.


    And that’s it. Repeat the process for any fruit or veggie.


    Have fun filling your pantry with dehydrated food. Although I would not advise dehydrating garlic with fruits, you can dehydrate other vegetables with it, it’s really up to you.

    Dehydrating food is a great way to eliminate waste and easily store food for long periods of time. When you need to hydrate it, simple put hot water and leave it for about an hour. If you’re going to use it for soups and stews, the cooking process will automatically do it for you. Have fun!


    Click here for 101+ Dehydrating Recipes from Mom with a Prep


    Want to see how it’s done? Watch the video tutorial from Linda’s Pantry: