Dehydrating, or drying food is a means of preserving food by removing its water content. Almost any food with water can be dehydrated.
Cook Like a Chef: A growing trend (especially with foraging on the rise) and technique used by chefs around the country, fans of dehydrating include chefs Grant Achatz, Sarma Melngailis, Ferran Adrià, Ming Tsai, Sam Mason, Iliana Regan, Dan Barber, Rich Torrisi and Matthew Lightner. They know that dehydration intensifies and concentrates flavors, decreases marinating time, thickens sauces, softens saturated fats like coconut oil or cacao butter, ferments yogurts, cheese and other health promoting probiotic-rich foods from young coconut, nuts and seed creams.
Enjoy Out of Season Fruits and Vegetables: Everyone has their favorite seasonal produce that they wish they could enjoy year-round. Tomatoes grown (or bought) in summer, juicy peaches or fresh strawberries picked at the farm won’t go to waste if dehydrated for later use.
More Nutritious and Delicious: According to the USDA’s Agricultural Research Service (ARS), Americans Packaged foods, Americans consume a third of their daily calories from snacks. Many pre-packaged bars, cookies, dried fruit and jerky are high in salt, preservatives, sugars and additives. Dehydrating your own food allows you to swap out those pre-packaged snacks for healthy, nutrition-dense alternatives that allow the true flavors of natural foods to shine through.
Cut Down on Waste: Food waste has significant economic and environmental consequences. Often, simple changes in food purchasing, storage and preservation practices can yield significant reductions in food waste generation. Wasting less food also means saving more money, rather than throwing fruits, vegetables and hard-earned dollars in the garbage. Dehydrating allows for the preservation of food, ensuring no part of your food, or budget, is wasted.
Content Source: Excalibur Dehydrators. Since 1973, Excalibur Food Dehydrators have changed the way people all over the world prepare and preserve food. Compact enough to fit on your kitchen counter, the Excalibur Dehydrator replaced sun drying, solar drying, and oven drying. The electrical dehydrator created a more predictable dehydration method that allowed people to dry 24 hours a day, come rain or shine. Excalibur Dehydrators are the only home appliances that incorporate the Parallexx™ Horizontal-Airflow Drying System for best performance, thermostat adjustability, speed, durability, clean-ability and versatility. Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, meats and fish for jerky, herbs and nuts in the comfort of your home. Excalibur Dehydrators are up to 10-times faster than common round dehydrators, and are available in a variety of color finishes and sizes, including commercial and non-commercial grade units. www.ExcaliburDehydrator.com