The food that was processed in a dehydrator can also be stored for a long time. These devices are not the cheapest, but the benefits they offer exceed their prices. You should always put your health in front everything else.
Even though using these devices is pretty simple and straightforward, you should know that there are some things you have to stick by. Otherwise, you may end up with unwanted results, and your unit can stop working as it should.
Here are the basic rules of food dehydration.
- Don’t Mix Herbs And Fruits In The Drying Process
- Cut The Veggies And Fruits Into Similar Sizes
- Dry Similar Foods Together
- Blanche The Foods Before Dehydrating To Get The Best Results
- Don’t Overlap Vegetables And Fruits
- Don’t Use The Device In Rooms With No Air Circulation
- Don’t Add Any Sugar
- Don’t Sprinkle Lemon Juice Over All The Vegetables
- If The Food Is Marinated In Alcohol, Don’t Dehydrate It
- Never Store Dehydrated Foods In The Open
- Don’t Touch Any Hot Parts of Your Dehydrator With Bare Hands
Don’t Mix Herbs And Fruits In The Drying Process
Cut The Veggies And Fruits Into Similar Sizes
If you put apples and bananas into the unit at the same time, you should also monitor the progress because they don’t dry the same. Keep an eye on the progress and take the fruit that’s dried first out in time.
Dry Similar Foods Together
For example, if you dry hot peppers and tomatoes, the tomatoes will end up tasting spicy. The same goes for garlic, onions, and other similar veggies. Ingredients with a strong aroma must be dried separately.
Blanche The Foods Before Dehydrating To Get The Best Results
The food also tastes fresher in case you want to rehydrate it later on. Blanching is done by boiling the ingredients for a couple of minutes and putting them in cold water after that.
Don’t Overlap Vegetables And Fruits
The dehydrating process will take more time this way. That means that they will use more power and increase your electricity bill. Make sure you place the trays with even spaces between them, and everything should work out just fine.
Don’t Use The Device In Rooms With No Air Circulation
Don’t Add Any Sugar
Don’t Sprinkle Lemon Juice Over All The Vegetables
If The Food Is Marinated In Alcohol, Don’t Dehydrate It
Never Store Dehydrated Foods In The Open
Store everything in sealed plastic or glass jars. Also, make sure you check on the stored food once in a while, to make sure it is still safe for consumption.
Don’t Touch Any Hot Parts of Your Dehydrator With Bare Hands
Get a couple of mitts before you remove a tray from your dehydrator because they can be very hot and you can hurt yourself.
Having a dehydrator around the house is great because you can always make sure you’re stocked up with healthy foods. These simple tricks will help you get the best results and the tastiest dehydrated ingredients you can later use in your cooking. You’ll keep the flavor, but you will also get a much longer life with one of these devices.