4 Reasons to Buy and Use a Dehydrator
February 20, 2015
My dehydrator is one of my most used and valued kitchen appliances. My parents gifted it to our family last year and it has been buzzing in the kitchen ever since! During the Summer months it runs on a weekly basis to process the abundant produce that our backyard vegetable garden produces. A large harvest from the garden is a wonderful thing but it can also induce a little anxiety if it is a continuously large harvest of the same vegetable! For a small family, after a few days it can be overwhelming to have 5 zucchini still remaining on the kitchen bench (with more ripening in the garden).
I aim to make the best use of the beautiful fresh produce that we grow and I would be devastated to waste any of it. The dehydrator removes the stress of having to cook all of the produce at this busy time of the year.
A dehydrator is equally useful across the other seasons but Summer is the prime production time in my garden, thus I tend to use it more often at this time. My aim this year is to use it more often across the other seasons to take advantage of in season fruit at those times.
Water is removed from the food item by a continuous circulation of thermostatically controlled air.
Examples of things you can preserve to use later: tomatoes, eggplant, mushrooms, stone fruit, apples, figs, – almost any fruit or vegetable can be dehydrated.
Dried fruit or fruit leathers are a great lunch box treat for the kids, or to take to work, especially when you have run out of fresh fruit.
This reason is linked with the one above. When you have a larger quantity of fruit or vegetables than you can not easily eat it can be processed in the dehydrator for use later. There is no need to discard the excess you can not eat.
Using a dehydrator is simple process, so I admit that this encourages me to use it to process many items that sometimes overwhelmed me in the past. A dehydrator is a set and forget method of food storage. Simply slice, set the timer and walk away from the machine until it is finished.
Take tomatoes as an example of the variety of applications. Using the dehydrator they can be semi dried and placed in oil (or not), dried, powdered, or pureed for reconstitution.
Examples of things you can make include:
Vegetables may be reconstituted for use in meals at a later time. They will return to almost their original size, form and appearance with minimal loss of vitamins and minerals* (Source: Excalibut dehydration guide)
Here are some of the things that I discovered when researching machines. You may like to consider some of these things:
Dehydrators can do these very cool things that you may not be aware of. Do you know that they can be used to:
Thanks to the fabulous A Fresh Legacy Facebook community for contributing some of the inventive ways that they use their dehydrators. If you have not joined the conversation yet on Facebook I’d love to meet you there.
My machine is an Excalibur 5 drawer with timer. I am very happy with the machine to date. This post is not sponsored by Excalibur I am simply sharing my experiences as an owner.
Are you thinking about purchasing a dehydrator?
Or if you own one do you have any other tips to share with someone who is contemplating the purchase of one?
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