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June 9, 2010 on 11:41 pm

Excalibur food dehydratorWhat do beef jerky and fruit roll ups have in common? One thing, of course, is that they are both dehydrated food products that have a long shelf lives and are very easy and convenient to store at home and take with you on the go.

But they also share another thing in common – you can make them both at home yourself with a Excalibur food dehydrator.  In fact, you can use a home food dehydrator to make a number of different snacks and healthy foods.

So how do food dehydrator’s work?  You might be wondering why a person might need a food dehydrator in the first place. Can’t you simply leave the food on the counter to dry? Though the process of dehydrating food is relatively straightforward, simply leaving it out to dry won’t work.

Food dehydration involves taking anything later wore thin slices of the food to be tried, and placing it in a dry environment that is warm enough to keep bacteria from growing, but not so warm as to cook the food. It is also essential that the moisture coming off the food surface has somewhere to go.

This is why you usually can’t simply use your oven for food dehydration — even with the door of an door slightly ajar, it’s difficult for the food to dry properly.  Not to mention the fact that dehydrating food is sometimes a lengthy process, and you probably don’t want to tie up your oven for so long. In fact, sometimes dehydrating a batch of fruit can take 20 hours or more.

A benefits to you and your family are clear.  Rather than always smacking on processed and potentially unhealthy foods, you can eat the jerky or tried fruits and vegetables that you made yourself. Using dehydrated vegetables by adding them to your soups and stews can be a great way to increase the number of vitamin-rich foods in your diet.

Also, using a Excalibur food dehydrator is a great way to take advantage of sales at your grocery store for seasonal produce.  Whenever there’s a great sale on your favorite type of apple, you can buy any few pounds (or more) and make a large batch of dehydrated apple snacks.  This way you’ll be able to enjoy them long after the apples have gone out of season.

Storing dehydrated fruit and vegetables is easy. Simply place them in an airtight container, and they should last on your shelf for many months (or more).

Finally, if you have kids, a food dehydrator can be another great way to get them more and interested in the food they eat.  Studies have shown that the more kids understand about their food, and the more they are involved in preparing, the more likely they are to make healthy food choices into their adult years.

May 29, 2010 on 4:17 pm

tribest food dehydratorIf you grow your own garden and are about to embark on a raw food diet or simply want to maintain as much nutritional value from your homegrown foods as possible then you might want to consider investing in a food dehydrator.

Preserving that excess garden produce means that you will save money on your winter grocery bills and provide healthy food for your family all winter long.

While home canned fruits and vegetables are certainly healthier than the store bought ones, they really can’t be considered raw and you do lose a lot of the vitamins and nutrients from the high temperatures needed for canning.

Dehydrating your food gives you the benefit of keeping those fruits and vegetables close to the raw state and preserving more of the nutritional value of your produce because dehydrators use low temperatures and fans to remove the water from the food while maintaining a raw state.

These foods can then be used in soups, stews, and casseroles, eaten as snacks, or used to top salads. In addition, these handy machines can be used to make your own healthy snacks such as Kale chips or healthy fruit roll ups. They are just one more way of living healthier.

 

Sun Dried Tomatoes

  • 1 pint of petite or cherry tomatoes cut in half

Place in dehydrator 6 – 10 hours depending on what temperature you put them on and how dry you would like them. I don’t like them crisp but more chewy.

I then put them in a jar of olive oil and use them on pasta, stir fry or just as is. They are sweet as can be.

February 23, 2010 on 4:16 pm

Recipe: Homemade Granola

Summary: Here’s a recipe I put together using ingredients I had on hand. You can alter by adding ingredients you have and like.homemade granola

Ingredients

  • 4 cups uncooked oats
  • 1 c walnuts chopped
  • 1 c unsweetened coconut
  • 1/2 c sunflower seeds
  • 1/3 c pepita seeds
  • 1/3 c ground flax seed
  • 1/3 c dried cranberries
  • 1/3 c raisins
  • 1/3 c wheatgerm
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 c filtered water
  • 1/2 c agave, maple syrup or honey (more if you like it sweeter)
  • 1 T oil
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Stir all dry ingredients in large bowl. Mix water, honey, oil and vanilla extract. Drizzle on dry ingredients and mix until evenly moistened. Scoop out onto dehydrator trays that are lined with dryer sheets. spread evenly.I use about 2 cups per tray. Place in food dehydrator. I use the Excalibur food dehydrator, but any brand will do. You can even bake on low in your oven.Dry at 115 degrees for at least 6 hours or to desired texture. This makes about 6 cups granola.

Quick Notes

You can add or subtract ingredients to make is to your likings. I don’t like it sweet while others may find this not sweet enough. I’m a huge nut person so I add tons of different nuts. Be creative you can’t mess this up.

Preparation time (duration): 15 mins.

Diet type: Vegan

Diet (other): Raw

Number of servings (yield): 12

Meal type: breakfast

My rating: 4 stars:  ★★★★☆ 1 review(s)


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