Whether you grow your own food, are looking to become more frugal, or simply enjoy taking a DIY approach to food preservation, you might be considering buying a dehydrator. You may also be wondering if they’re worth the time and expense.
I’ve had my dehydrator for over a decade, and it’s one of my most-used kitchen appliances. Over the years, I’ve enjoyed the following benefits:
Simple Way to Preserve Food
Dehydrating is one of the simplest and easiest ways to preserve food. Sure, it takes several hours to dry out the food, but most of the process is completely hands-off. Simply slice and prep the food, place it on the trays, turn on the machine, and go about your day. And because the food is dried at such low temperatures, there’s little-to-no risk of fire.
Create Healthy Snacks
Have you ever stopped to read the ingredient list on the dried foods in your local grocery store? Most have added preservatives and/or sugar, which turns an otherwise healthy snack into junk food. With a dehydrator, you can create healthy snacks right in your own kitchen. No added sugar required.
From peaches, strawberries, bananas and apples to tomatoes, bell peppers, carrots, and sweet potatoes, you can create nutritious, delicious snacks that will make you look and feel good.
Leave Nutrients Intact
Cooking – even steaming – fruits and vegetables can destroy enzymes and vital essential oils that offer health and nutritional benefits. Dehydrators dry foods gently at very low temperatures to keep these nutrients intact. The end result? Snacks and foods that are more healthful and nutritious.
Dry a Lot or a Little – It’s Up to You
Whether you have an extra pint of strawberries or five pounds of tomatoes, your dehydrator will help you preserve as much or as little as you want. Most models come with at least four trays and room to add additional trays if necessary.
Dehydrators offer maximum flexibility, so you can preserve as much food as you want whenever you want.
Cost Effective and Convenient
Commercial dried fruits and vegetables can be expensive – especially if you choose organic foods. Dehydrators offer a cost-effective way to dry and preserve foods and are a smart option for anyone with a backyard garden.
The best part is that you can dry foods whenever you want. It’s a convenient and simple way to stock your home with nutritious, shelf-stable snacks and foods the whole family will love.
A Foolproof Way to Preserve
Unlike canning and other methods of preserving, dehydrating is foolproof. Because foods are dried at such low temperatures, it’s virtually impossible to over-dry. And if you happen to forget about your batch and they partially rehydrate, just place them back on the trays and dehydrate again. It couldn’t be easier.
There are so many great benefits to having a dehydrator in your home. From homemade fruit roll-ups to preserves, snacks and dried seasonings, dehydrators are versatile, cost-effective and convenient. If you’re on the fence about buying one, I highly recommend that you take the plunge and go for it. You won’t regret it.