Why dehydrating food at home makes sense
Dehydrating food is one of the oldest methods of preserving food. By removing the water, you prevent bateria from growing and spoiling the food. With the use of a dehydrator, it's easy to dry food at home.
Drying is the oldest way, and now there's canning and freezing. Those two are better because they keep the foods from losing more in looks and nutrition. Canning at home is a labor-intensive activity. It's expensive too, because jars and cans aren't cheap. Freezing is easy, but there are problems with doing that at home. It takes up a lot of space. Also, freezer burn ruins everything. You need to quick freeze to do it right, and that's going to cost a lot.
Do it at home
Dehydrating on the counter top is affordable and easy. For less than $100, you can get a decent machine that'll help you make the best homemade jerky and banana chips. Also, dehydrated foods taste good and take up little space. It's easy to store. If you're an outdoors person, you know packing dried meat and fruit is a lot lighter than packing fresh meat and fruit.
You can sun dry or use a homemade dehydrator, but a commercial one is recommended. Sun drying is difficult because not everyone lives in weather that's suitable. You need plenty of sun and a low humidity. Plus, the air might be unclean outside.
Build a food dehydrator?
As for the homemade ones, they're fun to play with and they work, but they look ridiculous. Do you want something made with a cardboard box, tin foil, and a brick in the kitchen? Personally, I want something that fits in with the rest of the appliances. If you can get over the ugliness of homemade dehydrators, there are other benefits to buying a commerical one.
- Convenient to use
- You can leave it out (it's not ugly)
- Accurate control of the environment
- Uniform drying
Sensible, Healthy, Tasty
Some might say it's silly to be dehydrating foods because fresh is always available. That's silly, because drying transforms food into something else. It makes it very tasty, light and easy to travel with, and prevents spoilage.
If you're thinking about drying food, try it with a dehydrator. It's the best way to preserve your excess food at home, and also a great way to prepare for meals.
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