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BDS Book Festival 7: The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook

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

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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. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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