Why Buy a Dehydrator?
Making your very own dehydrated food has many benefits. If you use your food dehydrator regularly, it can save you money give you many health benefits. If you’re thinking about buying a food dehydrator, you need to be aware of the basics of making your own dehydrated food.
Advantages of Using a Food Dehydrator
If you are interested in dehydrating your foods but do not have the recommended equipment, it is possible to use the oven to dehydrate the foods using low temperatures for long periods of time. However, there are many advantages to using a dehydrator instead.
- The food will have a much longer shelf life.
- All the moisture from the food properly
- Your food will store about one year longer
- Dehydrators don’t cost a lot
- They end up paying for themselves several times over if used frequently
- Small appliances that use very little electricity.
- Heating an entire oven to dehydrate your food is expensive.
How to Dehydrate Food
The correct food dehydration method depends on what you are dehydrating.
Most of the foods don’t really need any preparation. However, it is recommended that you make sure your greens are blanched before putting them in the dehydrator. Blanching greens, briefly boiled and then plunged into ice water, will make them dehydrate more quickly and will also set the color so they don’t look faded and undesirable once they’re finished.
When it comes to actually dehydrating, you should always follow the directions for the specific food dehydrator that you have.
Benefits of making Dehydrated Food
1. Retains the Nutrients
A food dehydrator benefits you by retaining the original vitamins, minerals, and natural enzymes of foods far better than other forms of food preservation or cooking. In fact, a study in Journal of the American College of Nutrition in 2005 showed dried fruits like dried cranberries, grapes, and plums had twice the amount of antioxidants as their fresh versions!
2. No Nastie Chemical in Drying
Dehydrated food contains only one ingredient: the food you’re dehydrating. No need to worry about extra pesky chemicals or ingredients you can’t pronounce being added to it.
3. Saves Money
Make sun-dried tomatoes or kale chips—without any added oils, preservatives, salts, or sugars— for a fraction of the packaged prices.
Look at what you can do with a dehydrator…
- Dried fruit snacks or chips from apples, bananas, oranges, pears, prunes, or lemons
- Veggie chips from zucchini, kale, carrots, green beans, or sweet potatoes
- Jerky from beef, salmon, chicken, or lamb
- Fruit leathers made from pureed dried fruits
- Sun-dried (dehydrated) tomatoes
- Granola and crispy nuts and seeds
- Raw crackers or breads
- Dried herbs
- Herbal teas
- Potpourri and dried flowers
- Fire starters
- Dog treats
- Paper (from drying the pulp of recycled items)
- And so much more!
Fruits and veggies are obviously staples on a plant-based diet and looking at dehydrated foods the majority of them are plants.
6. Reduces Waste
dehydrating extends shelf life so well, you can avoid ever having to throw out extra foods and eliminate unnecessary waste. You’ll be getting the most out of food you purchase.
If you don’t have a dehydrator yet, there are some great ones out there to pick from. You can buy a dehydrator for as little as $50 and as much as several hundred.
All dehydrators available at Kuvings Australia are made in South Korea by LeQuip and come with an unbeatable 7 Year Warranty!!!