Among other appliances of the kitchen, the food dehydrator is one of the most useful and efficient appliances; the dehydrated food will remain fresh for future use. It retains the mineral content and vitamins of the food, although the nutritional value is compromised.
Dehydrated food is denser in nutrients and contains more calories. It maintains the appetizing taste after storing for a longer time, and some foods are more enjoyable to eat when they have been dried.
Have you ever thought about buying a food dehydrator? In the 1970s, my grandmother bought her first food dehydrator, and she subsequently bought one for my mom and aunt for Christmas.
This was at a time when Californians were just starting to plan for potential earthquakes and other possible world disasters. This also came during a time when healthy eating became a priority.
We dehydrated everything (fruit, raw meat, vegetables, etc.), and found that not only was it a great way to make and save nutritious food, but it was also a lot of fun. You don’t need a separate meat dehydrator, fruit dehydrator or dog food dehydrator.
All these foods can be made in the same machine, whether a household brand or commercial dehydrator. And maintaining flavor and freshness is easy since most dehydrated foods can last for years if properly stored.
Think about it, though. Foods reduced to about ¼ their original size but maintaining almost all their nutrition, remaining sweet with no added sugar. And they don’t need refrigeration, just storage in a glass jar or plastic bag in a dark, cool cupboard. Wouldn’t that help put your mind at ease?
As an adult, I started dehydrating my food, and even dehydrating nutritious pet food. Dehydrating your food is economical if you buy fresh raw foods in season (when they’re less expensive) and drying them to save for a time when those same fruits and vegetables may cost more.
Amazingly, the flavor is just as tasty, and in some cases, even better tasting than when fresh. Dried vegetables are easy to rehydrate and great to add to soups or stews. Think of how much fresh food gets wasted because it doesn’t get eaten in time.
Even leftover mashed potatoes can be spread into ¼” thick rectangles (place non-toxic plastic wrap over dehydrator drying rack first), and make your potato chips! Today, we need to do everything possible to save money, and our food dehydrator has been one of the best investments we’ve ever made.
Food can be easily dehydrated, as you just need to turn on the machine after the food you want to dehydrate has been placed in the appropriate compartment.
Check the average dehydration time for your foods. Always check for juicy foods including meat or fruits to be adequately placed in the machine; there are some models have special racks for juicier foods.
If you like to make homemade gifts for the holidays, think about making fresh chicken soup, or maybe your special spaghetti sauce, dehydrating it until crispy and then blending it to a powder form.
Put it in a glass with a nice ribbon and a tag with rehydration instructions (just add water) and you have a wonderful homemade gift for your family and friends.
Or, buy food dehydrators for those you love this Christmas to improve your family’s health, help them prepare for a disaster, or just to make great snacks or healthy dehydrated pet food.
Share with them your favorite food dehydrator recipes for dehydrated meals and how they may avoid having food go to waste to save money.
They are widely available on the market, and they come in different sizes, models, and various prices.
Dehydrated food is extremely portable; placed in a storage bag, the food can be taken with you wherever you go. It also requires less storage space, which makes it ideal for camping trips and vacations.
Additionally, dried fruits are an excellent addition to your morning cereals and you can consume them hot or cold, as you prefer.