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02-10-2005, 12:52 AM
Do the crackers, breads etc need to stay in the fridge? I noticed Alissa had veggies etc out on counter. Do many of you store that way? I've always let veggies and fruits start growing mold in the fridge. I'm wanting to prevent wasting with this :) Kim
02-10-2005, 01:27 AM
I'm not sure for the dehydrated goods, but it is my experience that produce lasts longer in the fridge. to give an example with avacados, i buy a lot at one time (ripe and unripe) and let some sit out on the counter those that are either ready to be eaten or just need to ripen an extra day. the unripe ones will keep in the fridge for quite a while until you let them out to ripen. My other veggies have been kept in the veggie crisper bins in the fridge and they did just fine. but also remember that since you are raw now, you'll be eating those all up so there won't be any wasted and getting moldy! ;) I've heard some here will buy lots of bananas and freeze them in advance (without skin). a lot of pie recipes can call for frozen bananas, etc. Hope this helped!
02-10-2005, 01:39 PM
It depends on what they are.
Fresh tomatoes loose flavor in the frige, so never refrigerate them unless you have one cut, and are saving the other half.
Kiwis, and many fruits will stop ripening in the fridge, and will last several days.
Bananas will turn black in the frige, and turn soupy inside, this is a no no,
however, peeling them then freezing them, makes them perfect for icecream or smoothies, or banana leather in the dehydrator.
What I do is this, if I dehydrate it, it then goes into a freezer baggie, and into the freezer.
If it is a cracker or somthing I want to eat crispy, I take it out of the baggie, and dehydrate it until it is warm and crispy.
If it is something I want to eat warm, and NOT crispy, like a burger, I add a 1/2 tsp or so of water to the baggie, and put the baggie and all into the dehydrator, closed baggie. I let it warm for about one hour, and then take it out of the baggie an put on a plate, it is warm, moist and delicious.
I do this with banana crepes, freeze before you put the strawberry sauce on them.
I do alot of raw gourmet feasts, and I always freeze first, then I can make what I want when I want, with fresh produce, then I can simply dehydrate it for the feast. This is also good if you have an unexpected guest, and need to thaw out some more food.
While they are eating the appetizer and salads, you can be thawing/warming the entre for them, as I always freeze in single portions.(this works really good with the enchiladas, burgers, mushrooms, any type of entre or appetzer5.
I do NOT freeze things like the zucchini pasta, but I do freeze the sauce, then I dehydrate the sauce to warm, blend in the pasta, and re-dehydrate to warm it all up, makes the pasta absorb the sauce more too,
Hope this helps.
02-10-2005, 04:23 PM
I keep them in the frig. Just as long as they are in an air tight comtainer they are safe.They cal be kept in the cupboard also.
02-10-2005, 06:22 PM
I have a food saver vacuum system and I vacuum package my stuff in large mouth quart jars. The less moisture that is in the food the longer it will keep. Crispy stuff has kept up to a month or longer, like dehydrated onion pieces, veg. chips and nuts that I have soaked and dehydrated. The key is that the air can't get to it.
02-10-2005, 06:54 PM
LIving in the hot humid Florida location that I do, I put any kind of dehydrated bread and things in to the fridge if we don't plan to eat them asap. Otherwise, they will mold.
Regarding produce, I keep all my fruit including avocados and tomatoes out in baskets in my kitchen. I refrigerate greens, peppers, mushrooms, and the occasional apple.
Nuts, I store in freezer, along with berries, unless I buy them fresh for immediate consumption.
Hope that helps.
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