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Easy Food Dehydrating Depot, Issue #008 - Angst-Filled August ...
September 15, 2011

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It Was An Angst-Filled August ...

Welcome - to issue 8 of
Easy Food Dehydrating Depot!

This past August will surely go down in the record books as being one of the most unsettled months we've known for quite a while.

The stock market has seen 400 pt undulating swings - a sure sign of investor uncertainty -- and until the USA debt-ceiling issue is fully controlled, and I don't mean taking a bit from here and there which is just enough to cover this year's government spending - I mean truly sorted out, there will be much more of this uncertainty to come.

The last two weeks in August, and the first two in September, are also historically famous for being the "height of the Hurricane Season" and the US surely was hit hard by Irene. As you know, residents of New York, New Jersey, and Connecticut were hit hard, and are still awaiting power restoration as I type this. I know how that feels personally, see: Hurricanes Frances and Jeanne.

This is the time when power customers must have patience, and realize that it takes time to restore power - and that until flood waters recede, it's a very dangerous situation to even think about re-connecting to the power grid!

When the power does come back on, it does make you realize just how much you take for granted on a daily basis. Flip a light switch and let there be light.

It's amazing during a power outage just how many times you go to flip the switch!

But here's some good news: I actually used my portable Solar Generator for its intended purpose! When the power was out for me recently, due to high wind and branches hitting our transformer (from Irene passing by), I was able to sit comfortably with a standing floor fan running, my laptop, and a desk lamp. It "kept me in business" until Florida Power and Light came to my rescue four hours later!

These guys are troupers - there he was, in the pouring rain, 20 feet in the air, fighting with tree branches (he won!).

Frequently Asked Questions

Lori asks: "Although I've been looking around I have not had any luck finding any reference to dehydrating cooked pasta. By that I mean in certain emergency situations wouldn't food prep be faster and use less water if pasta (noodles, spaghetti, etc.) were also cooked, then dehydrated and packaged for long term storage? "Instant" rice comes to mind as an example of a product already on store shelves (albeit they're in short term packaging). Any prohibitions to adding pasta products? Any special considerations in preparing/packaging/storing?"

Deidra asks: "I'd like to see recipes where every ingredient is in a dehydrated state. So I could take things camping and measure out say, a Tbsp of this and a 1/4 c of that. I'm also interested in dehydrating leftovers. I've tried casseroles and soups and some ham but I got freaked out about invisible bad things on meat and threw the ham away...don't ask! LOL!" Check out the answers right here FAQ page 2. Thanks for writing in Lori and Deidra!

Update: Lori and I have been writing back and forth and she promises to share with us some photos of her recent pasta-prep ... When that page is up, I'll let you know via RSS, (or go to the top Navigation Bar - on the left of the homepage - titled: Updates - BLOG to read the new page).

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