An experiment that actually works.
While browsing through videos, I found one at "The Purposeful Pantry" about dehydrating canned vegetables. Darcy, the lady who puts out so many helpful dehydrating videos, was using cans of vegetables from the grocery store. As most of mine are home canned in jars, I thought I would try dehydrating some of them that have been on the shelf for quite some time.
I dehydrated one pint each of corn, carrots, green beans and diced potatoes. Then I tossed the dry veggies into the crock pot along with a handful of dry onions, 4 chicken bouillon cubes, a half teaspoon of garlic powder and 2 quarts of water. About an hour before suppertime, I added a pint of shredded chicken and 1 tablespoon of beef bouillon, as I thought the broth could use just a bit more flavor.
The result was a really good chicken veggie soup that went well with some cornbread.
I have some home canned veggies that have been sitting on the shelf for several years. I think I will dry them and store them with the bouillon, onions, garlic and maybe a handful of dry parsley to make a soup mix that needs only water and canned shredded meat to make an easy meal.
It is really nice when a plan comes together. :)