Have you ever thought about dehydrating your own foods for storage or cooking? I have to admit that, other than herbs and onions, I hadn't really. However, the thought has been rolling around in my head for sometime down the road when my debt elimination snowball has snowballed me out of harm's way. Today, I was on everydayfoodstorage and they have a nice small dehydrator for about $300. I'm going to research some more about dehydration, storage time for home dehydrated foods, and more recipes, of course! I'll post about the things I discover. Maybe you'll want to save toward one, too.
I can see it would save a lot of money to dehydrate fruits and vegetables in the summer, when they are either plentiful or self-grown. This gives me this year to see how well I do with a garden in east Tennessee. I've only grown one in the desert, and it's bound to be different. For one thing, I won't be planting peas in late February here to get them off the vines before the sun bakes them. (smile) My backyard is a hill, too. The man next door didn't terrace last year, but I may need to. Things to think about before planting. What I can dehydrate would determine what I plant, too. Can you dehydrate zucchini? I'm not sure! I'll let you know.