Tools & Toys
It doesn't matter what you do in life, tools and equipment make life easier. Even better are the toys that make life more fun. We have done a lot of research prior to purchasing the tools and toys we use. We'll share our experiences and our thoughts here.
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Food Saver Vacuum Sealer
The Food Saver Vacuum Sealer is a food saving maniac. Your imagination is the only limit to the uses for this piece of equipment in the kitchen.
We buy our meat in bulk from local farms, and vacuum seal the cuts of meat in portion sizes for different types of meals. The meat stays fresh without freezer burn for what seems like forever.
At the end of the season, I dehydrate our garden harvest and vacuum seal both powdered and cut fruits and vegetables for use in the years to come.
I even use it to freeze my extra milk kefir grains.
The money we have saved on food preservation has paid for the Food Saver time and time again.
Excalibur Electric Food Dehydrator
We have the nine-level Excaliber Food Dehydrator, which came with nine BPA free mesh screens offering fifteen square feet of drying space.
The adjustable thermostat provides a range of 105°F to 165°F so we can dry our food at temperature, so it is still considered to be "Live Food."
The dehydrator is so easy to use and clean that I will even preserve food not consumed during our regular shopping, so it doesn't spoil.
Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, nuts, meat for jerky, fruit puree, and even make your own crackers.
I loved it so much. I bought a second unit when I was stocking vegetable powder to reduce our costs when we hit the road.