How and Why to Dehydrate Food

How and Why to Dehydrate Food

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How and Why to Dehydrate Food
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Have you been thinking about buying a food dehydrator but aren’t sure if it will be beneficial? Here are some things to know about dehydrating food, what you can put in a dehydrator, and the benefits of this.

What is a Food Dehydrator?

First of all, let’s go over what exactly a food dehydrator is. This is a type of appliance you can keep in your kitchen that dehydrates food. What does that mean? It is going to dry your foods over a long period of time at a very low temperature, which helps to boost the flavor and nutrients of those foods. They will then store for much longer than if they were in their natural form with all that moisture.

From dried fruits to jerky or banana chips, dehydrating food turns it into a handy snack that is perfect for food preservation.

What are the Benefits of Dehydrated Food?

Why get a food dehydrator? There are actually many benefits you might not have considered yet. The first and most obvious benefit is that you get the foods you really enjoy eating. Maybe you aren’t a big steak eater, but you love beef jerky. The food dehydrator allows you to make your own beef jerky right at home. You save money and get to experiment with different flavor combinations.

Food preservation is a big benefit of dehydrating food. You might not always use your fruit before it goes bad and has to be thrown away, giving you 3 options: can the fruit, freeze it, or dehydrate it to be used as snacks.

Dehydrating food is also going to intensify the flavors since the moisture is removed all that is left is the natural flavors of the foods.

What Types of Foods Can Be Dehydrated?

There is a wide range of foods that can be dehydrated, but here are some popular options:

Fruits like mango, dates, apples, bananas, and berries. You can turn them into small pieces of fruits, fruit leather, or make chips from them.

Meats for jerky snacks, such as beef jerky or turkey jerky.

Herbs if you want to have dried herbs from your own fresh herbs, in order to help them last longer and not go to waste.

The good news is that food dehydrators come with simple instructions, so it is easy to get started and dehydrate your food. Experiment with different varieties to see what handy snacks you can come up with!