We love dehydrating here in the Raw Blend office. It’s a fun and interesting way to preserve and make delicious snacks and treats for the whole family. There can be a little trial and error involved which is why I have compiled a list of tips if you’re just starting out or wanting to brush up on your skills. It’s always great to know some bare essentials.
Armed with this information you will be dehydrating like a pro in no time and creating tasty treats for all to enjoy. Another great thing about dehydrating is that if you have bulk produce of something, dehydrating the excess is a great way of keeping it for longer which reduces waste!
If you’re in the market for a dehydrator look no further than the Sedona Dehydrator range. They are super easy to use and look great in the kitchen and are super quiet! Once you’re armed with a new Sedona the world if your oyster! Let those creative juices start flowing! Or…. Dehydrate them into roll ups!
What is a food dehydrator?
It’s simply that! A food dehydrator is a kitchen appliance that is used to dry out / dehydrate your food by utilizing its in-built fan and low temperatures. It uses a light flow of hot air to reduce the moisture content in your fruits, veggies and meats etc.
Why dehydrate out the moisture content?
To elongate its shelf life! Once you have removed most of the food’s moisture content the food won’t spoil as quickly as it normally would. Dehydrating also preserves most of your foods nutritional value as you aren’t cooking it at high temperatures. Once you start to cook your food, you start to lose the overall nutritional value which is why dehydrating is loved by many raw Foodists. Dehydrating retains nutrients and vitamins within your food ensuring you have healthy snacks for the family.
Here are some simple dehydrating tips:
- Ensure you are using the right temperature: The temperature will obviously depend on the food you are dehydrating and how much moisture content there is. All instructions should be included in your dehydrating manual but I find dehydrating thickly cut and HIGH moisture content foods require a HIGH temperature at the start to begin with to ensure all bacteria stays away. Something like roll ups which are thin don’t require a high temperature otherwise they will crack too easily.
- Make sure foods are at least 95% dehydrated: This is to ensure that you are storing them properly and they don’ sweat or grow mold. If you’r ingredients are still sticky or spongy keep dehydrating them for a little longer. When dehydrating, ideally find a dry, warm place away from air vents and windows as humid areas can affect the dehydrating process.
- Be efficient: Make sure you turn on your dehydrator for a little while before you put the recipe in to ensure that it’s reached the correct temperature. Prepare items that require the same temperature to go in at the same time and try and slice your ingredients into even parts.
- Be prepared: Wash all ingredients well and wear gloves to avoid getting any skin oils on your food. Spritz bananas and apples with lemon juice as well to avoid browning.
Choosing the best dehydrator for you. Need some help? Why not check out our latest Dehydrator Comparison Blog!