Originally Posted by Saddlebag
A hunter dropped off some groceries yesterday he doesn't want to pack on a long trip hom. Packages of fruit cups were part of the loot. China was printed on the label. One was fruit cocktail, another fruit in thick gelatin. The third, from Walmart was Canadian - peach/apple snack. We have strict good processing guidelines here with gov't inspections. What of food imported from China, which includes frozen fish products? Oh, and check the Green Giant frozen veg. Labels. They may be another. Other than frozen veggies I don't buy processed foods. Oh, and I plan on checking the fresh garlic tags, in fact everything before I buy. What my little garden can't produce I can buy from our farmer's market. Instead of hot and steamy canning I learned how to do some veggies in a brine, and am learning to make the best use of a dehydrator. Some veggies are frozen. So far I have dehydrated carrots, celery, cabbage and onions. A great pot of soup took only 15 min last night and at least I know what's in it.
I started having to read labels about 8 years ago and am so glad I did!
Finding out where things really come, what things are made of, and which country parts are imported from has been very eye opening.
Like you, I use a dehydrator because I prefer it to canning.There are some great dehydrator books out there and pretty much sky's the limit on what a person can dry in one.
I Love mine!