Ending weight in oz.
Volume in cups frozen
Volume in cups dried
Original cost and per oz.
Cost per pound of dehydrated
Peas & carrots
If you aren't good at charts I'll explain. I bought a one pound bag of spinach, green beans, peas & carrots, and peas. I bought a two pound bag of corn and a 1 1/2 pound bag of broccoli. All these items were frozen and I bought the cheapest of each item. Most were the store's generic variety. The corn lost the least amount of weight, only about 2/3 of its original weight. The others lost 75-90% of their frozen weight.
The amount of space each items takes up was cut down to 1/3 of its original volume except for the spinach. This went to 1/6 its original space. If I wanted to compare how many canning jars each would take up the spinach wouldn't have had that much volume. It probably would have cooked down to two cups rather than the 6 it started with frozen.
What's it mean "cost per pound of dehydrated" in my chart? If you want to buy dried vegetables from the store or on line, this is the price to look for. Is it cheaper or close to the same price, by the pound, as listed in my chart? Then buy it in bulk somewhere. If it's a lot more expensive to buy it in bulk then it's cheaper to make it from frozen.
As a space saver it's definitely worth drying rather than canning. If you grow your own vegetables then you are way ahead of the game. What if you have to buy them or what if your time constraints are such that you want to purchase them in bulk? That's where this project can make a difference to determine if you want to take the time to dry frozen vegetables or if you just want to purchase #10 cans from one of the many sellers.
Let's just say you can get your frozen vegetables for about the same price I got mine. No sense in quibbling over a dime. I got on the Walton Feed website to look at their prices http://durtschi.com/pricelist.pdf. They have food available already packed in buckets but they also have it bagged and boxed, like the product the grocery store receives before putting it into the bulk bins. I was shocked at the prices. In most instances it's cheaper to buy it in bulk and repackage it at home than to dry it using frozen food! Buying it at Walton's means buying in bulk. You have to buy between 5 and 25 pounds-however they have it packaged. I have no idea what the shipping charges are and this may turn it around and make home dried cheaper. Of course, growing your own and drying it is not in this comparison but it's much cheaper since we don't charge for our labor or water.
Home price per pound
Peas & carrots
4.00 –just carrots
All these numbers are just food for thought. The spinach, green beans, and broccoli are good prices from Waltons. For me, it may be worth buying the bulk spinach. The broccoli and green beans will come from my garden. The peas and corn look to be a good deal buying frozen and drying. It's nice to have the dried vegetables available rather than them taking up a lot of freezer space. Having them dried is also good when you won't be using an entire jar.
This may be my last post for the next week and a half, until we return from New York. I may get a chance to post while I'm there, but can't promise.