So I am very new to dehydrating and long term storage of food and water. Anybody have any tips to all those beginners out there like myself that are spending way too much time on the internet trying to find good information?
Yes, I have some.
First, try going to www.dehydrate2store.com the lady there has all kinds of useful advice for beginners. She's not as active as she once was, her husband passed away last fall.
Also, check out homesteading today that site has a section devoted to preserving the harvest.