We are pleased to announce that our new content manager (whom we'll introduce on the site shortly) has procured an exclusive offer for our readers on a favorite item of the CM.com staff: the Excalibur Dehydrator 3000 Series.
A dehydrator is a valuable addition to food preparedness and storage strategies. It's a great tool that enables you to preserve food from your garden or the store while minimizing nutrient loss. Extend your food supply, save money, and enjoy tasty, healthy treats — what's not to like?
Specifically, PrepareDirect is offering us:
- 5% off the PrepareDirect.com's Excalibur Sale Price
- Includes free shipping (within the Lower 48 States)
- free copy of Preserve It Naturally – New 3rd Edition valued at $24.95
This offer runs through December 31, 2011. We thought this a good offer for the holiday season as dehydrators make a very practical gift.
Click here to take advantage of this offer and use coupon code CMTake5, exclusive to PeakProsperity.com readers.
You may have seen the Excalibur Dehydrator mentioned and recommended in the What Should I Do? guide (which we strongly recommend you brush up on if it has been a while since you've last read it). Chris and the CM Staff use their dehydrators on a regular basis, not only to preserve garden produce but also for making yogurts and other fermented foods where a constant temperature is needed.
Here's the excerpt from the guide that speaks to its utility and ease of use:
Preparing & Storing Food
Whether the food is grown by us or by our CSA, our family has developed a practical plan for food storage. We have fashioned a workable root-storage cellar out of our basement bulkhead for use over the late fall and winter months. All of our various root crops (potatoes, beets, turnips, carrots, etc.) are stored there until we use them. Effective storage in a root cellar requires a bit of learning and experimenting, with the variables being the method of storage, varieties being stored, temperature and humidity control, and culling to ensure minimal spoilage.
We keep chickens (link to forum discussion), which handily convert our kitchen waste into eggs and fertilizer. We also raise a few turkeys for the freezer every year. Over the years, we have gained increasing experience with butchering and processing our own birds, and now people come to us to learn this skill. This, too, has become a point of community for us.
After several years of practice, Becca has become a master canner (link to forum discussion) and works throughout the fall to can many different kinds of fruits and vegetables. As with our informal food-storage and butchering outreach, I often find her sharing the kitchen with friends as they work side by side. This kind of sharing has the benefit of nurturing relationships within our community. It also introduces local friends to new skills that may be useful to them on their own path toward personal preparation and increased food independence.
In addition to canning our food (which has a sizable learning curve), we also dehydrate a fair portion of it (which does not). Dehydrating preserves more of the nutrients in your food, and dried food requires substantially less space to store. Dried food keeps for an exceptionally long time, as most bacteria die or become completely inactive when dried.
For dehydrating food, we highly recommend the Excalibur 3000 Deluxe Series 9 Food Tray Dehydrator
- Dries all fruits, vegetables, and meats
- Handles heavy volumes and around-the-clock use
- 10-year warranty
Click here to take advantage of this offer, exclusive to PeakProsperity.com readers.
We welcome feedback and stories from members on how they are using their Dehydrators. Tell us of the new methods and ideas on how you are preserving your harvest and how you use dehydrated foods in your everday meals.
We hope these special offers continue to arrive as a welcome boon to those looking to add to their current preps and increase their personal resiliency to what the future may hold. Based on the positive feedback received to date, we'll continue working to obtain more. If there are particular offers you'd like to see in the future, please let us know in the Comments section below.
Full disclosure: Based on our existing relationship with PrepareDirect, PeakProsperity.com will receive a small commission if you purchase through this special offer. This will not impact the price you pay (in fact, as the offer states, you're getting an exclusive price discount not available to the public-at-large). The proceeds we received will be immediately invested to fund new features and functionality for this site.
We’d also love to hear any feedback based on your first-hand experience with the products and vendors that we recommend through these special offers (and elsewhere on this site). Our goal is to ensure that we’re doing our utmost to offer the best guidance for utility, value, and service.