Food Dehydrating

  • August 4, 2013 · 2:00 PM
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Summer's bounty bestows lots of fruits and veggies on us - from our own gardens and local farms.  But summer doesn't last that long here in the north... how can we preserve the harvest?  One way is through dehydrating/drying: a safe, easy, energy-efficient way to keep foods much longer on the shelf.

In this class we'll review different methods for dehydrating, especially electric and solar dehydrators, talk about the nutrition of dried foods, energy use, financial costs, preparation techniques and more.  We'll see and taste food previously dried, and do some hands on preparation.

Cost: sliding scale of $5-15, payable at the meetup.

Taught by Steve Capron & Amy Antonucci

Steve Capron has had a life-long interest in farming, gardening, homesteading, energy conservation and alternative technology.  He met his lovely bride, Rhoda, on the shores of the mighty Merrimac where they helped found and worked on Nesenkeag Farm, one of NH's oldest organic farms.  They live in a passive solar house they built 40 years ago in Nottingham and have have been preserving food for most of that time.  Steve has been active in the permaculture meetup since it began. He is a proud parent and grandparent and a curmudgeon.

Amy Antonucci is a certified permaculture designer, beekeeper, chicken-keeper, student of herbal medicine and worked in organic agriculture for over ten years. She has spoken at libraries, schools, garden clubs, at the NOFA-NH winter conference, and been interviewed on the radio. She co-founded the permaculture meetup group and continues as one of the organizers of it.

Co-sponsored by NOFA-NH and the Greater Seacoast Permaculture Group

This class is part of our 2013 Food Preservation Series: Cheese Making, Food Drying, Water Bath Canning, Everything Apple, Lactofermenting, & Root Cellaring

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  • Carina M.

    It was great, very informative! I learned some valuble new information that will influence the way I cook from now on. I only give it four stars because we didn't go over RE-hydration!

    August 12, 2013

  • Amy A

    On stainless steel dehydrators - turns out there are options for them. They are more expensive, but might be worth the extra money to keep heated plastic away from your food. Here's a link to see some options:
    http://www.harvestessentials.com/ssdehyd.html

    August 8, 2013

  • Penny R.

    The workshop was informative and the company was great. Now I am shopping for a dehydrator and eager to get started.

    1 · August 6, 2013

  • Jessica

    Very informative, and I especially appreciated tasting the different dehydrated foods, because it was different than what I was expecting - I was expecting a more crisp "chip." Good to know.

    August 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Very educational, and great people! Thanks so much!

    August 4, 2013

  • Evelyn

    My babysitter cancelled on me at the last minute! I am so bummed. I've been looking forward to this for a while :*(

    August 4, 2013

    • Amy A

      Sorry we didn't get to see you! Thanks for letting us know!

      August 4, 2013

  • Rose G.

    My guest can't make it so it frees up a spot..I just found out....I am coming alone..see you there!

    August 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If anyone from the Portsmouth area wants to carpool, let me know. We can take my car or yours.

    August 4, 2013

  • Rose G.

    If anyone is looking to carpool on Sunday, Aug. 4 or to any other meet-ups know that I am always open to doing the same. I come up I. 93N corridor from the Manchester, NH area so if anyone lives along that rte. we could meet-up easily ...makes it more fun plus saves on gas and energy and that is a good thing! For anyone living in the Concord, NH area, it would work....Perhaps Erda Grass ? Also, if anyone takes 101 w. to 93N, we could meet-up at exit 10 off of 93 in Hooksett....a convenient and good place to park one vehicle and cont. on our way! Shoot me a message if interested, ok?

    1 · July 30, 2013

    • Cheri C.

      I'm really looking forward to meeting you tomorrow. We can learn how to dry pierogi!!! :o)

      August 3, 2013

    • Rose G.

      Same here, Cheri! ...now you are talking!! Sweet remembrances= "Pierogi, pierogi, two for a dime"; and don't forget golumpki and blood sausage!

      August 4, 2013

  • Rose G.

    Hey, Erda!
    Do you want to carpool tomorrow? I was hoping to hear either a "yeah" or "nay" before now, but because I didn't I am asking again in case you did not see my last posting. RSVP either way, please, so I know if you saw this posting.
    Thanks! ~Rose Grono

    August 3, 2013

  • Patricia M.

    sorry, last minute unavoidable event at same time.

    August 3, 2013

  • Cassandra C.

    I'm coming from Salisbury if anyone needs to carpool.

    August 2, 2013

  • Cheri C.

    Carina,
    You can ride with me, but you will need to contact me so I know where you live. I tried e-mailing you before but never heard from you. Again, here is my phone number[masked]-5457. If I'm not home, leave me a message and I will call you back. Thanks!

    August 1, 2013

    • Carina M.

      Thank you so much :) I will give you a call this afternoon. That's funny, I haven't ever received an email from you before, I'll have to check on that. Thanks for letting me know!

      August 2, 2013

  • Dianna

    I have a family event that was just confirmed for the weekend. The next person on the waiting list will have fun for sure...see you all at the next opportunity...

    July 31, 2013

    • Amy A

      Thank you for updating us!

      July 31, 2013

  • Kathy W.

    I'm sorry, but I won't be able to attend this meet-up after all. My sister is having a birthday party that day for my dad, who will be turning 80. Can't miss that one! Have fun.

    July 30, 2013

    • Amy A

      Thanks for letting us know, Kathy, that's a big help!

      July 30, 2013

  • Serena H.

    Hi, I am Serena and I look forward to meeting all of you. I have been working with children in a school garden where I was teaching in California. I am eager to be involved and connected with the people and practices of this area. Thank you!

    July 11, 2013

    • Karen L.

      Always good to meet a new permaculturist! Welcome, Serena!

      July 30, 2013

  • Carol V.

    I may be away, but will go if I am in town and can give 1 weeks notice

    July 5, 2013

    • Amy A

      That sounds good, Carol, just let us know! Thanks!

      July 5, 2013

  • Carina M.

    Oh wow, it looks like there is a lot to learn from the workshop teachers! I can't wait!
    **Once again I need a carpool to this event! I live in Dover. If anyone is coming through here please message me!**

    July 4, 2013

  • Stephanie

    I plan to bring my husband to this event.

    June 19, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Wow, what an amazing couple. I look forward to meeting you.

    June 19, 2013

    • Amy A

      We look forward to meeting you, too - we aren't a couple, though!! My partner is named Steve, but is a different one! My Steve & I and Steve C & his wife, Rhoda, have been collaborating on homestead projects for a few years - it's been a great way to make a (small) community of learning and working together.

      June 19, 2013

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