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"Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

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"Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby mkcr5921 » Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:59 pm

How do you condition freshly dehydrated food prior to sealing in mylar with oxygen absorbers in a humid environment? I laughed when my electric dehydrator instr. book said to condition for one week in a cool, dry place before sealing. If I left dehydrated food sitting out for a week (there's no cool dry place in my house), it would rehydrate on its own. I live in Hawaii and currently it is raining and the humidity is 99% and the indoor temp is 70. The average year-round humidity is between 68 -87% and rises to 100 on even a light rainy day.

Is conditioning absolutely necessary? Couldn't I just dry it a long time, let it cool, and seal in Mylar right away? I guess I should have thought of the humidity problem before investing in this machine.

I'm new to canning and preserving so I don't know what to do. Should I send the dehydrator back and just pressure-can my food? I just got the dehydrator yesterday so it is still in the box.
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Re: "Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby IceFire » Sun Oct 01, 2017 7:35 pm

I've been using a dehydrator for several years, and I've never heard of "conditioning" the food after dehydrating. I usually just remove it from the dehydrator, put it in Ziploc bags or canning jars (depending on what it is) and putting it up.
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Re: "Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby PatrioticStabilist » Sun Oct 01, 2017 9:38 pm

I never heard of that either. I take it out of the dehydrator and vacuum seal it. The End!
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Re: "Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby daaswampman » Sun Oct 01, 2017 11:19 pm

Same here in Louisiana! Swamp
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Re: "Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby Illini Warrior » Mon Oct 02, 2017 7:33 am

you got environmental problem to the max - it's not only DIY dehydrated that you have a problem - it's dry goods foods in general .... bulk bought rice stored in an unconditioned environment - for example - would be toooo high to pack directly ....

for your dehydrated foods - you'll have to 2nd Step using a contained chamber and more dehydrating - like a sealed bucket with desiccant packs to soak up more moisture - then include desiccant packs with your final canned foods ....

you aren't alone being in Hawaii - the southern US states during the summer have similar high humidity problems ....
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Re: "Conditioning" dehydrated food in hi-humidity..how?

Postby LetsPrep11 » Mon Oct 02, 2017 11:39 am

We live in Florida, a few miles in from the coast, so we have extremely high humidity. After the dehydrated food cools, I throw a desiccant pack (very inexpensive) in the Mason jar. A day or two latter, the jar gets vacuum sealed. Have never had a problem.

Note: Used desiccant can be dried by placing the packs in a 275-300 deg. oven for about an hour.
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