Preserving Your Summer Garden Bounty

This season gardening has become more popular.
If  you have your greenhouse up and your  garden started you are most likely on your way to a wonderful bounty of fresh vegetables, and/or fruit this summer.
What do you do with all of the yield?
Well, first of all the best thing would be to give away excess to friends of family, but another option would be to preserve your produce and store it for the winter months.
The best ways to this are 1.) canning and 2.) dehydrating.
canning tomatoesPhoto Credits — Creative Commons/Some Rights Reserved Photo by Marc.
If you plan on having a lot of tomatoes, cucumbers, jalapenos, the best way to preserve them to enjoy later would be to can them. As a beginner to canning you should really start small with a batch of tomatoes or berries.
Watch this great video Canning 101 to learn how!

For more info on canning you should check out this highly-rated book on canning at for just under $14. It’s jam-packed with 175 recipes.  Use an Amazon gift card that you win on DealDash to save!
Photo Credits CC-Some Rights Reserve – by Larry Jacobsen 
Dehydrating is a process that dries out water from something and extends its life for quite a long time by doing so. You can dehydrate carrots, peas, snap peas, tomatoes (sun dried tomatoes anyone?), apples for apple chips, banana chips, peaches and more!
There’s a wide variety of dehydrators for sale on DealDash.
The  king of food dehydrators has got to be the Excalibur with stainless steel + a timer. It’s great because it has a temperature control and rectangular sheets instead of the circular dehydrator. It just works better and is great if you are into healthy eating and a raw foods lifestyle where you don’t cook your foods over 104 degrees. You can make great kale chips, flax crackers, raw burgers, dehydrator bananas, mangoes, apple, strawberries and make your own fruit leather.  The Excalibur is a one per user item, meaning it can only be one once by each bidder. And the past two auctions it has sold CHEAP with prices around $1.00 total!
As you can see below, and by using the search function to look up the food dehydrator auctions at, DealDash has a variety of dehydrators including a Nesco American Harvest 400 Watt Four Tray Dehydrator, Elite Gourmet 5-Tray Dehydrator, L’ Equip FilterPro Dehydrator, Presto Dehydro Digital Electric Dehydrator, Waring Pro DHR30 Food Dehydrator, Total Chec TCFD-05 5-Tray Food Dehydrator, a Nesco – Snackmaster Pro 700, and more. You can get alerts by clicking on “Alert Me” and DealDash will notify you when the auction becomes available for bidding. 
dehydrators at dealdash
According to the Energise for Life website, “The dehydration process retains almost 100% of the nutritional content of the food, retains the alkalinity of fresh produce and actually inhibits the growth of microforms such as bacteria.”

Do you can or dehydrate? If you would like to be sure to check out these auctions on DealDash. Good luck!