Have you ever wondered what causes food to spoil? Part of the cause is water; more accurately the bacteria within the water.
When you dehydrate food, all water is removed, and bacteria can no longer survive and multiply. This means dehydrated items have a much longer shelf life than raw food items. Fruits, vegetables, and meat can easily and safely be stored, providing safe, healthy treats.
Prior to refrigeration, dehydration was the only safe way to preserve food, usually by using the sun; prehistoric people used the sun to dry seeds. North American Indians preserved meat by sun drying slices; the Chinese dried eggs, and the Japanese dried fish and rice.
In 1795, hot-air dehydration was developed by the French. The need to transport large shipments of food over great distances during WWII provided the impetus to perfect dehydration processes.
Dried meat has been a staple for years, and a tasty snack found on the counter of most convenience stores. Although lately, dried fruits and vegetables are more popular than ever. Dried plums and dried grapes have been around in the form of prunes and raisins for decades.
More exotic dried fruits are becoming more popular now; dried papaya, pineapple, and banana chips are readily found in the grocery store food aisle.
Are you tired of the same old snacks and food? Using special seasonings and marinades with your home food dehydrator can spice up your life, so to speak. A nice teriyaki marinade on chicken or beef makes for delicious meat jerky for snack time.
Live a little and experiment with different seasonings and flavors; you might just find dried cinnamon apples are tastier than any candy bar.
Can you think of more uses for a home food dehydrator? Whether you simply want more snack options or you are a serious survivalist preserving food for any eventuality, this is a product you cannot do without.
Save money buying in bulk or stocking up on sale items, keep your food longer and provide the family with healthier alternatives to fast food and vending machines with your very own food dehydrator.
Thanks to the ever-expanding company “Just Tomatoes” you can find just about any dried vegetable option too, from peppers to corn. Drying vegetables and spices is nothing new either; we have had dried garlic, onion, and spices for centuries.
So, what is new? In the past, the idea of dehydrating foods was mostly for hippies and health food fanatics, but now food dehydrating is moving into the mainstream.
More than ever, people are becoming aware of the things that matter most, and with a shaky economy, what matters most is having something to eat.
Having a way to store and preserve food is a wonderful thing, and dehydrating makes it very easy. With a dehydrator, you can condense 16 pounds of apples into one lightweight easy to store package.
People are also becoming more health conscience and want natural fruit and vegetables without additives and preservatives. Dehydrating is a great way to eat natural organic produce all year long, without spending a lot.
You can dehydrate using homemade screens and the sun, or any other device that will blow hot air onto your produce for an extended period. You can also purchase many different dehydrators, from the cheap as seen on TV, to high-end commercial models and everything in between.
When you are looking to buy a dehydrator, you can choose from the 5- or 9-tray model. The drying trays are usually square, and the heat and fan are located at the back of the unit so the heat is evenly distributed, and you don’t have to turn the trays.
This is a cut above most other dehydrator units. You can also get a temperature control and a 26-hour timer. So, all you have to do is add your ingredients, set the timer, and wake up to wonderful dehydrated goods.