Last year you might not have given a food dehydrator a second glance. Now, it’s one of the most coveted kitchen gadgets. Loved by foodie trendsetters the Hemsley sisters, and recommended by Gwyneth Paltrow, a food dehydrator does exactly that: dehydrate food. Whilst ovens cook food, dehydrators dry them out.
These handy kitchen gizmos work by removing moisture, which preserves the foods’ nutrients and flavour. Dry fruits, vegetables and lots more – just slice, place on one of the handy shelves and go. Easy.
If you’re still not convinced, here’s 5 reasons why you just have to have a food dehydrator…
Make the most delicious foods
Sundried tomatoes, kale chips, beetroot crisps, dried peaches, banana flakes, crisped nuts and seeds, homemade herbs and spices, mango slices and even beef jerky and biltong. Your food dehydrator can dehydrate almost anything.
Use up leftover food
If you’ve bought just a tad too many bananas or your bag of kale is going off: pop them in the dehydrator. You don’t need fresh food; save your surplus fruits and veg from the bin and make lots of tasty fruity snacks.
Make healthier, homemade food
If you love dried slices of mango, pineapple and peaches but balk if you ever dare read the ingredient list – fear not, making them homemade means there’s no added sugar or preservatives. Just lovely, nutrient-rich fruits.
Dried food lasts ages
Once you’ve dehydrated your food, they can last for up to a year. Batch dry in the summer; eat them through autumn, winter and spring.
It’s fool proof
Dehydrating foods must be one of the easiest ways to prepare food: just slice your foods, place in the dehydrator and switch on. Leave for hours, or days – you just can’t get this wrong.
Want to learn more about food dehydrators? Read the truth behind the common myths and misconceptions about dehydrating food here.