Humans have been drying food for preservation use since 12,000 BC. However, the trend had become somewhat outmoded after the invention of the refrigerator. And now, it has come full circle with more people realizing the significance of dehydrating food staples (mainly vegetables and fruits) and consuming them. Dehydration enriches the taste profile of any food by removing the moisture content that “waters down” its flavor to some extent. If you are not sure about the dried food items available in the market, get yourself a food dehydrator. It won’t just save you from extra grocery trips, but you will also know the freshness and quality of the fruits/vegetables you are going to dehydrate/dry. Food dehydrators also come in really useful to prevent food waste and to streamline the production of your backyard garden.
For instance, you don’t have to throw away the fruit and vegetable leftovers. Dehydrate them and make them consumable for years, yes years. A perfectly dried fruit and vegetable item remains healthy for human consumption for up to two years. Similarly, if your vegetation spaces have yielded a fruit/vegetable batch more than what you expected, you can have the excess produce dehydrated for later use. The primary benefit of using a top-quality food dehydrator is it dries your food with zero use of any chemical and preservative, unlike the off-the-shelve packaged dried staples that often use sulfur dioxide to prevent discoloration. The traces of sulfur dioxide in food have been studied to cause stomachache, skin allergy, and rashes. The other functional benefit of buying a food dehydrator is the cost-effectiveness it delivers.
Food dehydrators are not a high-end kitchen appliance. You can get a quality dehydrator with good capacity around and under $50. Moreover, the recurrent cost of a food dehydrator is not much either. It consumes very little energy. And if you compare the overheads of a food dehydrator with an organic dried item available in the market, you will realize how good of a deal buying your own food dehydrator is. Besides simple dehydration of fruits and vegetables, you can also get creative with a good dehydrator device. For example, you can use the dehydrator to ferment yogurt. Fruit leather recipes are delicious and healthy, but really cumbersome to make. You can also put your food dehydrator to good use to make fruit leathers. Use nonstick sheets to obtain better results. If you want to try a jerky recipe at home, a top-quality food dehydrator can come in useful in properly and uniformly drying the meat strips.