American Outdoor Guide|October 2021
Michael D’Angona

The world is an unpredictable place. There might come a time when regular shopping at the local grocery store could be interrupted by an unforeseen food shortage or other natural or man-made crisis occurs (again). All it takes is one hiccup in the supply chain to disrupt the normal flow of food and those who are unprepared will be in trouble when it comes to feeding their families.

One solution is to have plenty of food on hand in case such a scenario occurs, and this can be done partly by preserving fresh foods to make them last far longer than the norm.

Canning, food dehydration, vacuum sealing and other methods of food preservation can all extend the life of foods exponentially while keeping their flavors and nutrition intact.

To win this food storage battle, you need some tools of the trade. This group of food processing essentials can help you make today’s fresh food last well into the uncertain future.

Brød and Taylor Sahara Food Dehydrator


This uniquely designed food dehydrator features a plethora of benefits for food preservation and folds down to a compact size when it’s not in use. Use this space-saving wonder to extend the life of fruits, vegetables, meats, fish, herbs and more, enabling you to have food on hand in case of a crisis or food shortage. Its seven-tray capacity allows for large amounts of food processing, while its powerful performance mechanics will ensure food preservation for years to come. It even makes healthy treats for your dog!


• Simple, slice-and-dry operation

• Quiet, highly efficient radial fan

• Washable and reusable air filter

• Produces long-shelf-life foods

• Includes seven silicone drying mats

MSRP $395


FoodSaver 5800 Series 2-in-1 Automatic Bag-Making Vacuum Sealer


When it comes to big and bold, this vacuum sealer takes the prize. It features a simplified system that makes custom-sized bags so you can pack the perfect protein in the perfect-sized bag every time. Additionally, this unit enables you to marinate foods in minutes, instead of hours, via its “rapid marinate” mode. One press of a button is all it takes for you to vacuum seal your food to last up to five times longer than it otherwise would, while its “smart” indicator lights provide process status notifications.


• Air-tight vacuum seal system • Automatic bag dispenser and rewinder

• One-touch marinate and vacuum modes

• Indicator lights for quick troubleshooting

• Dishwasher-safe drip tray

MSRP $369.99


FoodSaver GameSaver Wingman Plus


This is the ultimate fisherman’s or hunter’s sidekick when it comes to preserving their harvest. Its power and performance allow you to process a vast amount of protein, keeping it sealed and preserved for the long haul. Its sleek and compact design goes just about anywhere and can continually seal up to 60 bags—up to 180 pounds of game at one sitting. Included with the Wingman are two sizes of heat-seal rolls, two bag sizes and an accessory hose.


• Compact size for manual use

• Removable, dishwasher-safe drip tray

• Moist/dry food settings for optimal sealing

• Ideal for hunters and fishermen

• 5-year limited warranty

MSRP $174.99


FoodSaver FM2000 Vacuum Sealer System


If large-scale processing isn’t needed but you still need a vacuum sealer to preserve your food, this model fits the bill. The FM2000 features a powerful vacuum that allows you to preserve meat, vegetables, fish, chicken and other fresh foods up to five times longer than with regular packaging. Furthermore, freezer burn will be a thing of the past with the included heavy-duty bags. Save counter and cabinet space, as well as money, with this compact option.


• New technology minimizes material usage

• Helps prevent freezer burn

• Seals with regular and custom-sized bags

• Easy-lock latch secures bag for strongest vacuum seal

• Includes five bags, vacuum-seal roll and accessory hose

MSRP $99.99


Lehman’s Fermented Vegetables


Fermenting is a great way to preserve vegetables, and this book will guide you on that journey. No matter if you’re a novice to the world of fermenting or a seasoned pro looking for new recipes, this book covers all the basics and expands on detailed processes for such items as golden beets, pickled green coriander, carrot kraut and many others. It’s written by fermenting experts Kirsten K. Shockey and Christopher Shockey, so you’ll have their expertise handy while you’re producing all your favorites in your own kitchen.


• More than 120 recipes for fermented vegetables

• Easy-to-carry paperback edition

• Loaded with additional useful information

• Useful for producing krauts, pickles, chutneys, relishes and pastes

• Book size: 8x9 inches

MSRP $24.95


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