Food dryer – the best tool for dehydrating your food for a long time preservation
What are food dryers?
A food dryer often referred to as a food dehydrator, is a kitchen tool used to dry out foods such as fruits, vegetables, mushrooms, herbs, and meats. Food is preserved by being dried, which also increases the food's shelf life and prevents the formation of germs, mould, and yeast.
Food dryers frequently consist of a series of stacked shelves or trays with a heating element and a fan placed at the bottom or top of the appliance. To evenly dry the food on the trays, heat is produced by the heating element and circulated by the fan.
All you need to do is to arrange sliced or chopped food items on the trays and set the temperature and duration. The drying time depends on the type and thickness of the food being dried so to get the best results, make sure you follow the manufacturer's instructions.
An alternative to air drying is sun drying but it takes much longer (even several days to fully dry) and for food to dry you need a sunny area with low humidity and a minimum temperature of 30°C. If you don't want to buy any additional appliances you can also try to dry food in the oven at a temperature of 60°C.
In Kulina, you will find some versatile electric dehydrators made by reputable companies like WMF.
Is dehydrated food as healthy as fresh?
Dehydrated food can be a nutritious and healthy alternative. However, it is not as beneficial as fresh food. Still, drying food can reduce food waste and can offer a healthier alternative to unhealthy snacks like chips or popcorn. However, it's crucial to use high-quality ingredients and keep away from added sugars and preservatives.
What are the benefits of using an electric food dryer?
- Dehydrating food can prevent the growth of harmful contaminants thus extending its shelf-life and year-round availability
- Drying food also alters the taste and texture of products, often giving dried foods like fruits a sweeter, more concentrated flavour
- It reduces the weight and bulk of foods which are easier to store
- you can easily make some healthy snacks for your kids (dried apples with cinnamon, etc,) and even Xmas decorations such as dried orange slices