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This solar food dehydrator can dry lots of food in one big batch. It will save you money and give you a good feeling of being self-sufficient.
I know you are probably looking at this solar food dehydrator and thinking … boy, that’s too big… Well, this is an ideal size for off the grid living and people who do dehydrate food all the time.
This is by far the best DIY solar food dehydrator that I have come across.
It takes no electricity and as you can dehydrate more food in one go, it frees you up to do other things around the homestead. Like caring for your animals and spending time with the kids teaching them the homesteading lifestyle.
As an added bonus, this solar dehydrator does not rely on direct sunlight to dry out your fruits and vegetables. This causes a nutritional loss that you can’t afford when SHTF.
Instead, the sun heats the air, which rises naturally and flows through the chamber and dehydrates the food sitting in the upper racks. Genius!
These free plans include a materials and tools list, cutting diagrams and robust instructions with pictures. They are detailed so even the novice DIY’er could build one of these in no time.
Remember to bookmark the plans or better yet, print them out and put them into your emergency binder so you have them when SHTF.
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Bonus: How to Make Pemmican, the Original Survival Food
Invented by the natives of North America pemmican was used by Indian scouts as well as early western explorers.
Native Americans spent a great deal of time on the go and depended on having portable, high-energy, highly nutritious, and filling foods that would last for long periods of time without refrigeration.
Pemmican is a portable, long-lasting, high-energy food. It's made of lean, dried meat that's crushed into powder and mixed with hot, rendered fat. This makes it one of the ultimate foods to have stockpiled for when SHTF or disaster strikes.
People really should avert their gaze from the modern survival thinking for just a bit and also look at how folks 150 years ago did it.
These guys were the last generation to practice basic things, for a living, that we call "survival skills" now.