Dehydrators -Do I Need One?

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My initial reaction is to write –  “this is the time of the year to think about preserving food for the winter and spring. And that is true, but I really want to tell you why I like my dehydrator in every season.”

The season really started out last November when we needed dry bread for dressing. The bread was ready so quickly. It is very useful for making raw cookies and crackers. The dehydrator furnished a great steady source of controlled heat during the cold weather for making  yogurt.

This year we started either late last winter or early last spring for summer eating!

We like sweet potatoes and they have a tendency to get woody. When that happens we bake an oven full, let them cool and slice, mash or cut small cubes and  dry. Sometimes we mash them and dry blobs.

Granddaughter sent homegrown lemons so we have homegrown organic dried zest and frozen lemon  juice ready for use.

Since we lived in a tropical area for a while we really enjoy mangoes, pineapple and papaya. When there is a good buy we buy some extra fruit to dry and enjoy later.

When the store has a good buy on cantaloupe and watermelon  I dry some of  both. Everyone is amazed by the dehydrated watermelon and unbelievable that cantaloupe can be dried. They will eat all there is available. (There is a flavor change if cantaloupe is kept for too long but is great for a few months. ( I am still figuring out how many months before the flavor changes. I will put it up when I know.)

All deciduous fruit tastes great when dried – peaches, apricots, plums, Asian pears, pears and cherries. There only two ways to eat Asian pears as far as we are concerned. One is fresh and the other is dried. When they are dried they are so sweet. They are fantastic to eat out of hand.

Dried onions are delicious. The drying seems to bring out the sugar just a bit so they are just good to eat out of hand as well as cook with them or grind coarsely and add to salad.

Liver! If you have extra and want to make your dog a treat just slice it and dry.  Your happy dog will eat it plain but might enjoy a little spice on it. Of course if you like liver you can have liver jerky!

And speaking of jerky, any meat can be trimmed of fat, sliced, marinated and dehydrated. Grass or range fed beef would be good as there is less extra fat but any lean lean meat will do. It’s a good way to use some left over Thanksgiving turkey. Keep the finished product wrapped and in cool place or the refrigerator for not more than 6 months.

Finally, if you grow your own herbs be sure to dry some of the extra to make into gifts.

As you can see, and dream up more uses, a dehydrator is a very fun, creative, thrifty useful tool to add to your kitchen.

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