The Ronco Food Dehydrator is advertised as a good ‘starter’ unit and is very well known. However, individuals who have some experience in dehydrating foods may shy away from the very long drying times and the fact there is no fan, thermostat, or timer. It has been reported in reviews that foods can take up […]
Dehydrating Food is becoming another favorite way of preserving our harvest. I don't know that I'll ever give up canning but drying has some advantages.
3 advantages to dehydrating your food.
- The main advantage is space. Dried foods take up hardly any space at all compared to both freezing and canning. A quart size jar holds a lot of food!
- It also is better for the nutritional value of your foods. I hate to admit it but yes…. canned food does lose more nutrition than dried. (of course, there are other advantages to home-canned food)
- The other is energy. No energy is expended to store dried foods. You do use electricity to run an electric dehydrator but it is still efficient. If you have a way to dry foods with solar energy that is even better!
I've been canning a long time, and I'm sure I'll continue. But I've been on a mission to learn more … especially since my husband built me a solar dehydrator. (very big smile!)
Here is a list of our dehydrating articles by category.
Dehydrator Reviews and Other Information
Nesco Food Dehydrator is one of the leading names in food dehydration and has been for more than 30 years. Nesco Food Dehydrators do not require any tray rotation, because of the Converge-a-Flow technology used to evenly dry food. This circulates the air, and then the air is forced out across the trays in a […]
The Magic Chef Food Dehydrator has both a fan and a heater. The unit itself is created from plastic and there are 5 trays included, giving it a good capacity, but still keeping the size of the dehydrator manageable. The Magic Chef Food Dehydrator measures 7.4 inches x 13 inches and, thanks to the fan, […]
Learn how to dehydrate carrots! Step-by-step directions for dehydrating carrots and other vegetables
Most vegetables will dry to a crisp state. The veggie should snap and not bend when fully dry. The more evenly you cut your foods the more evenly they will dry. Vegetables are better to be cut smaller. This speeds up the drying time. Drying times can vary from 4 hours up to 14 or […]
Dehydrating green beans: Learn how to dry green beans, including step-by-step directions from picking and blanching to storage.