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Sales, Menus & Recipes: Food Preservation, Part 1

30 August 2019  

Food Preservation Part 1—Dehydration

Drying food for later use is the oldest known form of food preservation. Most food traditions feature some form of dehydration. In the beginning meat and fruits were air dried on racks or trays. After all raisins are dehydrated grapes and some are still sun dried. When ovens became common, they were utilized to dry many items at very low oven temps. Modern technology makes it easier than ever to preserve a bounteous harvest. Dehydrators and even freeze dryers are now available, along with vacuum packing devices to keep foods edible for long periods of time.

The most complete directions for general food drying seem to be on certain web sites. Many people want to keep a good supply of food on hand at all times in case of natural disasters or other emergencies. Dehydration along with vacuum packing keeps food edible almost for ever and needs no electricity during storage. Some of the best sites I’e found are at and

Home dehydrators come in a wide variety of styles and prices so do some research, and read the reviews to find the one you think will suit you best. Or if you are not sure, try drying in your oven when the weather gets a little cooler.

Some instructions would have you start with frozen veggies. I can’t imagine the point of that. The whole idea is to take advantage of the low prices an abundance of produce in season brings. Or better yet, your own garden.

Here are a couple of recipes to be starting with:

Dehydrated Peaches

Dehydrated Mushrooms

Mushrooms do go on sale sometimes.

Beef Jerky

In the dehydrator it took about 5 hrs.

Next Week—food preservation with canning.

*Technique Review—Fascinated with the concept of microwaved corn on the cob. Turns out it does really work as advertised, but here are a few tips to make it work better. To fit the cobs in my small microwave I had to cut off some of each end. I cooked the larger ears for 3.5 minutes and the small ears for 3 minutes. When cutting off the stem end make sure you cut up far enough that none of the husks are still attached to the stem. If they are the squeezing technique will not work.

The squeezing takes a little time to master. I used an oven mitt for the stem end and stabilized the top end with a couple paper towels. The last ear that I did came out perfect. No silks, clean and ready for the melted butter, lime and salt, or dehydrator.

Special Sales This Week

Fry’s—Mix or Match Sale, Buy 5 or more Participating Items Get $1 Off Each. 8 oz Philadelphia Cream Cheese for $1.49/each, Outshine frozen bars, Klondike bars or Drumstick ice cream cones for $1.99/pkg, Nabisco snack crackers $1.49/box

Safeway—Fab 5 Sale, Buy 5 or more Participating Items Get $1 off Each. Redi Whip Topping for $1.49/can, Vlasic Pickles or Mezetta Peppers $1.99/jar. Extra Special Digital Coupon, Sweet Corn $.03/ear, first 8. Clip or Click coupon, Kraft Barbecue Sauce, Salad Dressing or Signature Setlect buns $.77/each. A wide variety of different items are on sale for $1/each—From Spaghetti to Pepper to Picked Sweet frozen vegetables. Watch for shelf tags

Sprouts—There is a huge Buy One Get One Free Sale. (BOGO) More than 800 items throughout the store are BOGO. Items range from Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts and Sprouts Salads to Katz frozen desserts and Emerald Multivitamins.

National Food Days This Week

Aug 28—Cherry Turnover Day
Aug 29—Chop Suey Day
Aug 30—Toasted Marshmallow Day
Sept 02—Labor Day - Special Recipes Here

More Food Suggestions for Another Hot Week

What could be better than grilling when it’s hot—keep all the heat outside.

Main Dishes

Grilled Hot Dogs (or any sausage)
Instant Pot Ribs
Baked Ziti
Chop Suey
Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

Salads and Sides

Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Green Salad
Cauliflower and Chick Pea Salad
Mexican Quinoa Salad
Steamed Brown Rice (Really Quick in the Instant Pot)
Baked Potatoes
Corn on the Cob


Cherry Turnovers
Fruit Salad
Ice Cream
Store Bought Pies


Instant Pot Ribs
He keeps saying apple cider, but he means apple cider vinegar.

You’re probably not going to find that Prime burger meat, so just buy the best you can find. These Tips can help.

Baked Ziti
Looking forward to a time when the weather cools.

Chop Suey
I had always believed that this was not a true Chinese dish. But it turns out that it may be a relative of a couple of dishes from different parts of China, one which was a way to turn leftovers into something else (we call them derivatives) and the other which uses livers, gizzards, hearts etc. Anyway it has become a staple in Chinese cuisine outside of China.
For vegetarian substitute the chicken with tofu, put it in with the garlic etc.

Grilled Garlic and Herb Shrimp

Roasted Cauliflower Salad
Try this instead of potato or pasta salad.

Cauliflower and Chick Pea Salad
Wondering what to serve with that chicken curry?

Mexican Quinoa Salad

Cherry Turnovers
When they say “from Glass” they mean use cherry pie filling from a jar or can.
200º C = 400º F

On Sale This Week


Steak—$4.77/lb @Fry’s, Rib eye, bone in, $4.97/lb @Safeway, T-Bone, New York. $5.99/lb @Sprouts, T-Bone.
Hot Dogs, beef—$2.99/pkg @Safeway, Nathan’s or Ball Park. BOGO @Sprouts, Nathan’s
Sausages—$2.99/pkg @Safeway, Johnsonville Brats. $2.99/lb @Sprouts, Fresh Chicken or Pork.
Hot Dogs—$.99/pkg @Fry’s, Oscar Meyer, Buy 5 sale $4.99/pkg @Fry’s, Johnsonville Smoked Buy 5 sale
Ribs—$1.77/lb @Safeway. BOGO @Sprouts. $2.49/lb @Fry’s
Ground Beef—$2.99/lb @Sprouts. $2.97/lb @Safeway. $10.47/3 lb pkg @Fry’s.
Ground Beef Patties—$8/10 ct pkg @Fry’s.
Chicken—$.87/lb @Safeway, bone in parts $2.49 @Safeway, Breasts B/S. BOGO @Sprouts, Breasts, B/S. Buy 1 get 2 free @Fry’s, Breasts, B/S
Shrimp—$8.99/lb @Sprouts, wild colossal, Sea of Cortez.

Fruits and Veggies

Strawberries—$.88/1 lb pkg @Fry’s. $1.25/1 lb pkg @Sprouts. $5/32 oz pkg @Safeway
Blueberries—$1.25/6 oz @Sprouts. $5/18 oz @Safeway.
Raspberries—$5/12 oz @Safeway
Peaches/Nectarines—$.33/lb @Sprouts, peaches only. $.75/lb @Safeway. $.77/lb @Fry’s.
Cantaloupe—$1.50/each @Sprouts. $2/each @Fry’s. $2.50/each @Safeway.
Watermelons—$2.50/each @Safeway, personal.
Grapes—$1.98/lb @Sprouts, red, green, black (O)

Greens—$2/each @Safeway, Fresh Express Blends. BOGO @Sprouts, Sprouts salads.
Spinach—$.98/bunch @Sprouts
Avocados—$.88/each @Sprouts. $1.50/each @Fry’s.lg.
Tomatoes—$.98/lb @Sprouts, on-the-vine. $.99/lb @Safeway, on-the-vine.
Squash—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Italian or Yellow.
Bell Peppers—$.98/lb @Sprouts, Red, Green, Yellow.
Celery—$.98/bunch @Sprouts
Carrots—$2.98/5 lb bag @Sprouts, table.
Potatoes—$3.88/3 lb bag @Sprouts, red or gold.

Other Good Bargains

Ice Cream— Fry’s Buy 5 Sale. $2.49/48 fl oz, Turkey Hill or Dryer’s, $3.49/16 oz Ben & Jerry or Talenti
Ice Cream—Safeway Clip or Click Coupon. $1.88/each Dreyer’s 48 oz, Håagan Das14 oz or Nestle Novelties, 3ct or 6 ct. Fab 5 Sale,, $3.99/each Blue Bell 64 oz or Novelties 12 ct.
Ice Cream—Sprouts, BOGO, Enlightened, 14-16 oz or Novelties

Sprouts BOGO Sale, Heavenly Organics Honey, Cento Tomatoes (canned) crushed or puree , Justin’s Peanut Butter, Daiya Dairy Free Cheese Alternatives, Napa Valley Naturals Olive Oil

Safeway, $1.44/each, Cheetos, Fritos, Doritos, Kettle Cooked chips when you buy 3, limit 1 offer. $4.99/each, Fried or Baked Chicken 8 piece. $3.99/each, Apple Pie, 8 inch

Fry’s, $1/each, Kroger Sour Cream or Dip, $3.99/each, Bakery Pies, 8 inch, $.99/pkg, Ballpark Buns, $6.99/each Fresh Foods Market 8 pc chicken, baked or fried. $3 per pkg, Hillshire Farms meat.