YAY, and welcome to The Purposeful Pantry! I’m so glad you’ve decided to receive my emails and start your own food-dehydrating journey!

As promised, here is your Dehydrating Temperature Chart to get started! You can simple right click the image and save it to your device, but I’m also sending a copy to your email so you can have it in a safe place. You can print it out and hang it on your fridge, or if you’d prefer, you can get a magnet or sticker that’s a more permanent solution for you!

Oranges on Cosori dehydrator tray with Dehydrating temperature chart and dehdyrated frozen veggies

What the Purposeful Pantry can do for you:

  • Teach you how to dehydrate food to preserve in your pantry for short-term and long-term needs.
  • Create a long-term menu plan and build your deep pantry around it;
  • Make meals and snacks from shelf-stable dehydrated foods that your family already loves!
  • Create food storage you grow yourself or invest in from your local grocery shelves through dehydrating, freezing, and canning;
  • Create a life where you can begin to reach out and help others.

Darcy’s Favorites:

These are some of my favorite projects! Simply click on the image of the one that intrigues you the most, and I’ll show you how to do it!

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Here are some of the questions I get asked most often:

What dehydrator should I start with?

There are so many variables, but for many, the Cosori Stainless Steel Premium dehydrator is a great choice! It’s small, quiet, and moderately inexpensive. There are so many machines to choose from, but the Cosori really is a great machine for many homes.

How do I start dehydrating?

Frozen vegetables are the easiest beginner dehydrating project. They are already prepped, blanched, and ready to be thrown onto the dehydrator for a no-fail project. You can also learn about all the various questions folks have about dehydrating with this Dehydrating Basics FAQ I set up to walk you through getting started.

Do you have a book?

I do! Dehydrating Basics & Journal is a twist on a traditional cookbook that marries recipe record-keeping with traditional how-to’s!

Why did you start The Purposeful Pantry?

I spent so many years fearful of food storage, in particular, canning. When I found dehydrating, I realized it was a great way to start which was so much easier to do. When I saw that there wasn’t a lot of practical knowledge available, I felt led to share what I’d learned with those looking for practical food storage and dehydrating information that fit everyday families.

Connect with me

Come join our dehydrating community, almost 1000,000 strong!

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