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In this video, I show how to dehydrate picante sauce at home. My husband brought home a huge jug of picante sauce, and I was concerned we wouldn’t use it all before it went bad. So what did I do? Dehydrate it, of course!
How to Dehydrate Picante Sauce at Home
Thankfully, it’s super easy to dehydrate picante sauce. All I did was pour the picante sauce on the dehydrator trays, and then set the temperature to 125 degrees Fahrenheit.
Peel the Picante Sauce off the Fruit Leather Tray
After about 8 hours, the salsa had dehydrated enough that I could peel it off the fruit leather sheets and finish the dehydrating process directly on the racks. This isn’t 100% necessary, but it does help the dehydration process.
After giving this a try, I definitely recommend doing this as a way to add some spice to your prepper pantry. The nice thing about this is that if you start with store-bought picante sauce, this is a super easy dehydrating project. If you dehydrate the salsa and then store it in mason jars that you vacuum seal, it should last a number of years. So it’s great for long term food storage. Plus, it enables you to buy picante sauce in bulk at a great price, without worrying about it going bad.
Another thing that I like about using dehydrated picante sauce is that I can make up just as much as I need. This is a good option if you only want to eat salsa occasionally, or if only one person in your family wants it.
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Pro tip: I use my Nesco Dehydrator in this video. Read this article to get my honest review on the Nesco Dehydrator.
Here are some of my favorite dehydrating tools
Thank you for reading this article. I hope you found it helpful as you strive to stock your pantry with delicious home-dehydrated food! Here are some tools that I use that I’m hoping you’ll also find helpful. These are affiliate links, so if you do decide to use any of them, I’ll earn a commission. Please know that these are the tools that I recommend and believe in 100%!
The Nesco FD-75A Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator was my first dehydrator, and still one of my favorites. I actually have two of them! If I was only going to buy one dehydrator and was on a strict budget, this would be it. I love it because it’s very reasonably priced, and is expandable up to 12 trays. I recommend starting with the basic system that comes with 5 trays. Then expand by buying additional trays, fruit leather sheets, and mesh screens.
The Cosori Premium Dehydrator is my most recent dehydrator purchase. In many respects, it’s superior to the Nesco since it is constructed with stainless steel, which is always a winner. I love the ease of use, and how precise it is when it comes to setting the temperature. It’s also versatile in that you can remove some of the racks. This makes it possible to use it for more than just dehydrating. As an example, you can use the Cosori dehydrator to make yogurt, something you definitely can’t do with any of the stackable dehydrators.
Nesco FD-1018A Gardenmaster Pro Food Dehydrator – I’ve had my eye on this dehydrator for a LONG time. I don’t have space for another dehydrator, so I’m just waiting for one of my dehydrators to die so I can buy this one! What I really love about this dehydrator is that it expands to up to 30 (yes, 30!) trays. At 1,000 watts, it’s more powerful than the two dehydrators listed above. If you only have the means to buy one dehydrator, and have limited space to dehydrate, I recommend this one since you can dehydrate a huge amount of food at a time.
The FoodSaver Vacuum Sealing Machine is a great way to preserve the food you’ve dehydrated. The machine I use is no longer available. I chose this one because it’s a great price and includes a port that makes it possible to use the accessory kit linked to below. Since I store all my dehydrated food in mason jars, the jar sealer attachments are a must. But with this device, you can also use food storage bags if you’re short on mason jars, or prefer to seal you dehydrated food in bags.
The FoodSaver Handheld Cordless Food Vacuum Sealer is a great option for those with limited space. I keep mine charged up in my kitchen, so I can easily reseal jars every time I use some of my dehydrated food. While I still love my larger FoodSaver, from a convenience perspective, this one can’t be beat.
The FoodSaver Accessory Kit is a must if, like me, you store dehydrated food in mason jars. You can use this kit with either of the vacuum sealers linked to above. If you can’t get the one I linked to on Amazon, check out this selection of options available on Walmart.