BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

Today I share the next author interview and giveaway in the Backdoor Survival Book Festival 7.

Tammy Gangloff, Steven Gangloff, and SeptemFber Ferguson, the authors of Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, are here to answer the Book Festival questions and of course, to award one lucky reader with a copy of their book.

What do I think of their book? The simplest way to describe Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook is to say that even though I have had nothing but major fails in my dehydrator efforts, I am now ready to start anew. I love how the authors feature each fruit, nut, and veggie on its own page and clearly shows the temperature, prep, testing, and storage criteria for each item. They make it look foolproof!

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Also impressive are the recipes for using your home-dehydrated food products. You know what I mean: now that I have dehydrated broccoli, what the heck can I do with it besides eating it plain? Many of the recipes are well-suited to the survival pantry and take advantage of food storage items. That, coupled with gorgeous photos, make this book a real winner,

Enjoy the interview and be sure to check out the details of this week’s giveaway below.

An Interview with the Authors of the Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

Tell me about your book, ‘The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook’. What is it about?

‘The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook’ is a step by step guide to food dehydration and storage, along with 398 recipes!

We cover everything from fruits, veggies, nuts, seeds, meats, tofu, easy backpacking meals and ‘meals in a jar’. We also include fun extras such as fruit leathers, gifts, infused waters and oils. We walk you through the entire process, from what to look for when buying a dehydrator through prepping and dehydration and then follow through with proper long term storage techniques. Also offering tips, tricks and troubleshooting, we have comprised 398 recipes for using your dehydrated food in everyday meals from breakfast through desserts.

What type of research did you have to do while writing your book?

Years of our own home dehydrating has taught us many things. It is through our own trial and errors that we have come up with the best possible results of dehydrating and storage techniques.

How long did it take to write?

We were approached to write our own book in the Spring of 2013, we had 6 months to create the first draft and then there were multiple editing rounds which followed. It was a huge undertaking but we did it as a family and that was the most invaluable part of the whole process.

Every book, fiction and non-fiction, includes a message. What message do you hope my readers will take with them after reading ‘The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook’?

Our hope is that people will learn how easily they can dehydrate and store their food. There are so many reasons why dehydrating food is a great option for every household.

Dehydrating food, first and foremost, allows for less waste. It preserves your food so that it won’t spoil before you have the chance to use it, which in turn will help to save you money. It can help you be prepared for the “ups and downs” of life, whether that be loss of job or a natural disaster.

It is also important that people know that dehydration offers the highest nutritional value of its food preservation counterparts, with canning losing 60-80% and freezing losing 40-60%, food will only lose 3-5% of its nutritional value when dehydrated.

Can you tell us a little bit more about yourselves?

Well, since there are 3 authors I will give you a bit of insight by person:

Tammy Gangloff is an expert and leading authority on food dehydration. She is the face of, and the knowledge and information behind, Dehydrate2Store, a leading online resource in food dehydration education.

A stay at home mother of four, she is a strong believer in self-reliance and home preparedness, and avidly researched and practiced food canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Most interested in food dehydration, and unsatisfied with the resources available to her to learn the art, she began dehydrating foods full time and developing her own techniques. With her four dehydrators running day and night, Tammy has attempted to dehydrate nearly every available fruit, vegetable, and herb sold in the United States.


Steven Gangloff is a currently pursuing his MD at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He graduated top of his class with a degree in Biology and Chemistry with Research Thesis Honors distinction from SUNY Fredonia, and has extensive research experience in genetics and molecular cell biology at SUNY Fredonia and Harvard Medical School. Having additional interests in business, web design, and food science, Steven became the founder/CEO of Dehydrate2Store. Along with Tammy, he served as an expert Technical Editor for The Complete Idiot’s Guide: Dehydrating Foods.


September Ferguson is a stay at home mother of 3 rowdy boys, and holds a degree in Fashion Technologies with interests in business management. Through her mother, September gained a strong interest in food dehydration, particularly in food processing, storage, and dehydration tools and equipment. September is also involved in recipe development and testing for the home food dehydrator.

As an author in the survival, prepping and/or homesteading niche, what are you personally preparing for?

As a mother, my first priority is always to care for my family. By dehydrating and storing food I am preparing to be able to take care of the nutritional needs of my family for years to come.

Do you have plans for another book?

Right now we are focused on getting the word out about ‘The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook’ but in time we would love to do a follow up book.

Is there anything else you would like to share with my readers?

Yes, we have a website to help with troubleshooting, resources, videos, recipes, a blog and even a shop page. We have numerous instructional videos on YouTube and we have a Facebook fan page that we share recipes, have giveaways and interact with others. Please ‘like’ us on Facebook so you don’t miss out on the fun!!

The Final Word

I feel so blessed to have an opportunity to preview such wonderful books and to offer giveaway copies in the weekly Book Festivals. Please show your interest and support by entering the giveaway. The authors and their publishers are anxious to receive your feedback and the more entries, the better!

Good luck, everyone. You are definitely going to want this one in your survival and preparedness kitchen.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Spotlight: Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals

The dehydrator is an incredibly useful tool for long-term food storage and making the most of your garden harvest. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook contains everything you need to know to get the greatest value from a home dehydrator.

  • Includes tips on selecting a dehydrator, as well as proper sanitation, storage, and rehydration techniques
  • Individual entries on how to dehydrate all manner of berries, fruits, vegetables, greens, herbs, and edible flowers include information on how to prep, dehydration temperatures, and times
  • Includes recipes for making your own teas, herb blends and rubs, flavored oils, instant baby food, jerky, and fruit leathers
  • Includes nearly 400 recipes for cooking from your dehydrator pantry. There is an entire chapter dedicated to slow cooker recipes using dehydrated ingredients and one on dehydrated meals for backpackers and campers

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage. The eBook print version is available.

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128 Responses to “BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook”

  1. Wow i hope i win but if ii don’t i think i need to get this book .I Recently purchased a nesco american harvester based on your recommendations.

  2. I’ve never dehydrated my food and would love to learn how. I feel this cookbook would benefit me in alot of ways. I would love to learn how to dehydrate as many different foods as I can.

  3. I have never dehydrated, but I would love to learn how and beef up my admittedly still sparse emergency supplies.

  4. I’ve been trying to decide if I want to purchase a dehydrator. This book should give me the info I need.

  5. I think this is another of the many skills I need to learn. Will have to grab this book – have a great day and Keep Looking UP

  6. I recently bought a dehydrator and am looking forward to drying my fruits and vegetables. This book would be a great help.

  7. I tried dehydrating bananas one time, but the result wasn’t the best. It’s hard slicing bananas thin enough for dehydrating. I suspect the store bought banana chips use bananas that aren’t fully ripe.

  8. I’ve made a lot of fruit leather whenever I’ve had a bounty of fruit, as we wouldn’t use a ton of jam. We love fruit leather. I keep it in the refrigerator, and never have a problem with it spoiling. I’m interested in dehydrating as I’ve been learning a lot about it. This book would be a great way to get started! Thanks for the chance to win it.

  9. I have 2 dehydrator and have found d them to be very useful. Nothing goes to waste You just pop it in the dehydrator. It comes in very handy for making soups and casseroles. I hope to win the book as I would like to learn more about drying and then using fruit in recipes. Thank you.

  10. I have never used a dehydrator but really would like one. I would like to learn how to do meat and vegtables and fruit.

  11. I would also like to add the Cabela’s 10-tray Deluxe is only #189.00. I was lucky to get it at a Christmas sale for $89.99. Last week it was on sale for $129.00. Great dehydrator w/glass door! I used it 2x already and you cannot even hear it running! I highly recommend it!

  12. I’ve dehydrated a number of fruits, vegetables, and jerky, and also use my dehydrator for bread dough rising, but I’ve never had much luck with leathers. I keep my dehydrator out on the back patio because it’s noisy. I would love to read more ways to use what I’ve dehydrated!

  13. I have a dehydrator but have never used it. I know I have to take the 1st step, but I’ve not taken it yet. I’m going to read hints & tips here.

  14. I have 2 Excalibur dehydrators and love them. My youngest son borrows the five tray one for making jerky. I have dehydrated for years. I have large gardens and use the 9 tray dehydrator a lot. I also use the dehydrator for making home made yogurt, works well. Even though I have dehydrated for years there is always something new to learn. If I won the book I would share it with my son

  15. I’ve never dehydrated anything ( at least on purpose, ha). I want to learn to make fruit rollups and jerky. Thanks for the opportunity to win this book.

  16. I’ve been trying to dehydrate on my own for about four years using various methods that my dad has taught and that I’ve read about, and truthfully, that I’ve just “winged it” with. Having such a heavily researched book with the wisdom and knowledge of three obviously experienced people is a real advantage. If I don’t win this book, I will definitely be looking to purchase it in the coming months!

  17. I’ve never tried dehydrating but have enjoyed the fruits (no pun intended) of others labors. I very much want to add this to my food storage so as to have more fruits and vegetables to round out my supplies. I love that this appears to be a great step by step guide with pictures.

  18. Gaye,
    I can’t get into the Rafflecopter. Home pc is ok, lap top is ok but it’s not opening up.
    So I’m commenting just the same. Love this sight.
    I just received a dehydrator. I could use this to get started, especially since I am still “catching” up with things I need to learn.

  19. I have owned an Excalibur Dehydrator for 4 years but have been disappointed with my results. I would love to learn from the experts!

  20. I buy bananas and strawberries in bulk. I have 2 fruit leather trays that came with my Nesco. I do 2 trays of banana chips, 2 trays of strawberry chips, and the last two trays become either banana or strawberry or a combo of the two in fruit leathers. The bananas the grocery marks down because they’ve started to turn are perfect for the leathers. Unless I hide the dehydrated goodies, they disappear almost faster than I can make them. I’ve really only done fruits. My one attempt at jerky was a major fail.

  21. This would be so great. I have used my dehydrator before for snack making…(jerky, dried banana chips, etc..) but I am ready to take it to the next level to help create whole meals. Most of my food storage is home canned or frozen stuff and I would really like to have a whole section of dehydrated prep food. The idea of taking some dehydrated food and tossing into slow cooker on a hot summer day sounds pretty good to me but I don’t have the first clue how to get it done.

  22. I have an Excalibur and I’ve used it for fruits only. I’d love to try veggies and meats. My tip is to follow time and temperature directions faithfully.

  23. I also have a dehydrator have had it for 2-3 years. Have tried a few veggies and certainly would not call them a “great” success. Would love to have this book and try again. This would be one more layer of storage, if I could master it. Thanks for all you do.

  24. I dehydrate fruits and veggies all the time,but am afraid to do meats, jerkies or eggs. Maybe this book will push me along!!

  25. My tip is to follow times and temperature instructions faithfully. I have an Excalibur, but all I’ve done is fruits. I’d love to try veggies and meats.

  26. I have a decades old dehydrator (Ronco brand, lol) that still works but of course does not have a temperature setting. Just dries out the food basically, but hey, it works. I would love to get a new one and just have the dehydrator book it came with, although it was very helpful. It takes practice to find what works with your dehydrator so I would pass along the tip to be patient and try different recipes to find what works the best.

  27. I love your site and appreciate the info you put out. I could really use this as I plan to get serious about dehydrating this year. Thank you.

  28. I tried dehydrating green peppers on an old round unit without thermostat and it was a disaster! I have since bought a small Excalibur that I look forward to using.

  29. I have a el-cheep-o dehydrator and each time I try to use it, I fail big time. Maybe if I knew the proper way to do it I may have success.

  30. I don’t really have any tips. I’m fairly new at dehydrating. I love playing with jerky recipes and fresh veggies. I have three dehydrators and boy are they all different. I would recommend investing in one with proven reviews…

  31. I have dehydrated some stuff. I got a new dehydrater last summer. My most successful item was fruit leather. I juiced my apples, ran the pulp through my food mill; added a touch of raw honey and spread on sheets. Everyone loved them!

  32. I started dehydrating last summer,and have mainly done vegetables, and I learned that apparently you CAN’T dehydrate pickles 🙁

  33. We dehydrate every year. We utilize the hot July/August sun and deydrate fresh fruits and vegetables as well as herb, quickly. With the sun blazing down on them, within hours, they’re fully dehydrated and ready to be vacuum sealed for the winter. Plus, it’s free energy!

  34. I puree then dehydrate my green onion tops to use in cooking. I like that they are renewable since they grow back after cutting. I have not bought onion powder in over two years.

  35. Another skill I need to learn. Should I win this book I will need to invest in a dehydrator perhaps the one that you recommend.

  36. I have only dehydrated onions, tomatoes, celery, and carrots. The only tip I can give is don’t over dehydrate! If you leave it in the dehydrator too long you can, basically, burn whatever you are dehydrating. I know, some of those onions ain’t no good!! 🙂

  37. My husband likes to dehydrate beef jerky! I would love this book so I would know what to dehydrate and how long! It would be great to have recipes of things to make!!

  38. Yes I have a dehydrator and have tried to use it a few times. I found I need to rotate the trays several times over the time period needed to get even drying of the items. My unit seems to be a lot hotter on one side than the other. So I have a few things stored in mason jars, but have not used them in cooking yet.

  39. I have dehydrator on loan from my mother-in-law. Been dehydrating for about 2 yrs on and off. My kids and husband can’t believe the items i dry.. even have a co-worker that wants me to take before and after pics of everythingi dehydrate. Would love to have this book.

    • I forgot to add that I’d like to dehydrate Sneaky Chef food purees to turn into powder since I never have enough space in the freezer to freeze them.

  40. I like to dehydrate food. I think it is so handy when I have little dibs and dabs of things from my garden, or produce order, that we wouldn’t otherwise eat before it went bad.

  41. I want to learn how to dehydrate various foods. I tried my hand at it a couple of times before, but it didn’t turn out so well.

  42. I have a dehydrator that has only been used for apples and bananas. And now it has been sitting on top of the fridge for about 6 months. Maybe this book will invigorate me to do more ‘daring’ experiments.

  43. I love to dehydrate but it doesn’t turn out well for me. Hope this book can help me. I want to dehydrate alot.

  44. I need a copy of this wonderful book, so I can stop calling and asking my friend to look things up in hers. LOL

  45. What a blessing this book would be! Have started dehydrating and am hooked! Dehydrating has been a blessing for our family with my husband losing his job of 30 yrs. I’ve been canning, dehydrating and freezing as much as I can from our garden. Our grandkids even ask me to please dehydrate more 🙂 I just need to learn more about it, so that we are really well set during this hard time with him out of work. Thanks so much 🙂

  46. I have dehydrated a few things, okra, tomatoes, jalapenos, some herbs. Would like to do more varieties of foods.

  47. I also have an old dehydrator given to me by my mom. I’ve not even tried it yet. The book looks intriguing and just what I need to get started. I look forward to hearing about the recipes you try!

  48. I haven’t dehydrated anything yet but have been thinking about learning. I want to start with apricots, strawberries, bananas, beets, green beans and peppers!

  49. Tammy’s YouTube videos were what got me started dehydrating, but I’ve never owned an actual book about it! This is a must have!

  50. big yellow or white onions dehydrate very easily and are useful for a lot of things. But take a tip: if you can, do them in your garage, an outbuilding, ‘anywhere’ but right in your kitchen. The volatile oils found in onions drove me out of the house for the first 3 hours and drove my cat into hiding.

  51. I have not dehydrated anything yet. My husband is wanting to do his own jerky and I will like to to do fruits and vegetables. I think this book would be a great way to get started!

  52. Oh I need this book! I have dehydrated a few things…bananas, tomatoes, mushrooms….but am never sure just exactly how to use them, other than the bananas.

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  53. I’m calling this the year of food, I’ve never attempted a garden, but this year I’m starting one using the square foot method…with any luck I’ll have some veggies that I can try to dehydrate!

    • I don’t know what happened, I tried to enter the giveaway, but when I clicked on the enter tab-it would not work. So I figured that I would leave a comment and come back to the entry, However when I scrolled back up the raffle was gone. I hope that I was able to enter.

  54. I tried to dehydrate some fruit and had frustrating results. This book looks like an amazing and practical resource from folks with lots of experience – a must buy I suspect!

  55. I still have much more to learn about dehydrating. I have done some though. The thing I was looking forward to originally was dehydrated bananas. I thought the ones you got in the store were just dehydrated but it turns out they are fried. So no banana chips:(

  56. I have been dehydrating for some time. Sliced apples covered in cinnamon sugar (LOTS). Place tin foil on bottom of dehydrator to collect syrup. (This will not work if your heater/blower is on the bottom)Half way through roll apple slices in Cinnamon Sugar again and dry to leather stage. Collect crystallized cinnamon sugar or syrup from tinfoil. Yes it is messy but they are so good

  57. we currently only dry leafy greens/plants – but –
    they say knowledge is power .. the knowledge gained by having this particular book would give us the power to properly dry store our garden harvest or market bought foods for feeding our family, for better health (no preservatives or added chemicals), longer storage periods.
    .. Just the prepping for dehydration would be a great multi-generational activity.
    .. Not to mention the book cover is great inspiration to included a dried storage section in the pantry – it’s beautiful.

  58. I learned from Tammy’s videos to dry everything to a crisp for long term storage and that would be my best tip for others.

  59. Tried dehydrating once upon a time, didn’t not work well – too much mould! Would enjoy trying again with better directions and info – look forward to winning the book !! Thanks

  60. This book is on my wish list. I recently purchased a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator and I love it. I have tried a few simple things like apple rings, pineapple and dried some herbs but I want to learn how to do so much more. What a great giveaway!

  61. I am STUNNED to learn of the nutritional loss when canning or freezing foods versus dehydrating! (“…canning losing 60-80% and freezing losing 40-60%, food will only lose 3-5% of its nutritional value when dehydrated…”). I have a dehydrator that I seldom use but I do can and freeze….wow do I need to change some gears! Really hope I’ve the good fortune to win a copy of this book as clearly, I need to reprioritize and I am very encouraged that there are recipes for using the dehydrated food. VERY good! 😉

  62. We have used our Excalibur a lot in the last year and have dehydrated a lot of things but using some of them haven’t turned out very good results. I’d like to learn more about it.

  63. I pulled out the ole dehydrater about a month ago, and it’s been on everyday since… Learning and reading as I go. So far I’ve done Strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, pineapple, kiwi, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes, corn and much more.

  64. I have tried dehydrating off and on for several years with some successes and some fails. I find that dehydrating tomatoes and them adding that in to my pasta sauce I can helps give me a thicker sauce. Two years ago we had a glut of cantaloupe and I didn’t want to waste them so we tried dehydrating them and it worked great. They were wonderful sweet snacks to keep around for a long time.

  65. Would love to win this book and start dehydrating again. I haven’t done it in several years despite having a big Excalibur dehydrator.

  66. I have been dehydrating for over 40 years now and I don’t believe there is anything I haven’t tried. I still have my original ‘Harvest Maid’ dehydrator that I bought in 1976 and use it almost daily. If I cook a meal and have too many leftovers to eat up in a few meals, for the most part it goes into the dehydrator (soups are a little tricky). I am currently the proud owner of an excalibur unit that my son bought me for Christmas because my current one is so old, and I don’t want to wait if the ‘Harvest Maid’ should decide it is finished, but I have not had the heart to retire the old one!

  67. I have been wanting to dehydrate for some time! I just got a used Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator. I need to download the manual, and get THIS fabulous cookbook! What a great way to learn the joys, usefulness and preparedness of dehydrating!

  68. I would also love to be the winner of this book. If I could add dehydrating to my list of skills I would rise to new heroic levels in the eyes of my family.

  69. Since most veggies need to be blanched first buy frozen when on sale. They are already blanched and ready for the dehydrator. Found a lot of space in my freezer for other things that way.

  70. I bought a dehydrator but don’t have a lot of info about how to use it. Thanks for the chance to win this book which I think will be perfect for what I want to do. 🙂

  71. I’ve been drying veggies for years to make healthy and delicious veggie chips. I would love to learn how to store food for future use and really learn to get the best use out of my dehydrator.

  72. I’m interested in drying vegetables and possibly meat, mostly for food storage options but also for healthy snacks.

  73. In the far off past, I tried dehydrating with not so good results. I would look forward to giving it another try.

  74. It was Dehydrate2Store’s videos that got me started on my dehydrating journey! My only tip would be to hide your dehydrator if you plan on dehydrating fruit and you have kids 🙂 I have lots of veggies dried but NO fruit….it never makes it out of the dehydrator into a bag! Ha, ha!


  75. When we dehydrate meat, cut as thin as possible, marinate over night with a sauce you like, then dehydrate for jerky later.

  76. I started dehydrating foods this past summer. My family’s favorite item dehydrated has been potatoes. My tip is leaving your blanched potato slices sitting in ice cold water with a little lemon juice added in until you are ready to load your trays. No black potatoes! We add the dehydrated potatoes to soup. I’d love to win both items so I can double my drying capacity of my summer produce!

  77. I bought a lot of garlic, minced it all and stuck it in the dehydrator for a few hours. I was pleased that the house didn’t stink!

  78. I would like to win the book. I began dehydrating last summer starting with figs which my mother loved. The racks on the dehydrator I purchase were made of stainless steel which I liked but the grid pattern allowed the fruit to fall through as it dried. I need advice on purchasing a different dehydrator.

  79. I need to find ways to eat healthy and store food when it is available. To be able to dehydrate the food I find on sale would really stretch the budget and make me feel more self sufficient. It would be such a help.

  80. I have dehydrated fruit and mostly vegetables. Some from the garden and some from the market when there is a good sale. Made soup this winter using only dehydrated veggies. Made apple fruit leather from applesauce.

  81. I have only dehydrated once. I did apples, but I was a little nervous as to how well I had done them. They felt too “soft” to be properly dehydrated, so we ate them all up in the next few days.
    They were delicious. I just wish I had had more knowledge, to be sure whether they were fit to store or not.

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