Don’t Mix Sweet & Savory

Tips, Tricks, and Hacks for Loading Dehydrator Properly √ Because the air circulates in a dehydrator, flavors can transfer. While you can dry similar items at the same time — strawberries and peaches, for example — don’t mix fruit with aromatics like herbs or onions.. __________________________________ √ Do not mix foods processed… Read more“Don’t Mix Sweet & Savory”

5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods

Just 5 EASY steps to unprocessed, chemical-and-preservative-free, pronounceable ingredient freedom for MUCH less cost. When you compare boxed baking mixes vs. homemade baking mixes, you will see that you are paying almost 40% more money for the convenience. And the time involved? Well, follow me for a moment in this… Read more“5 Steps to Creating Homemade Convenience Foods”

When is it Fully Dehydrated?

Answers to everyone’s question, “How long will it take to dehydrate?” Using a food dehydrator is one of those kitchen activities that’s part cooking, part science project. With a gentle blast of warm air, you can turn slices of fresh fruits and vegetables into crispy, crunchy, vitamin-packed snacks. However, it… Read more“When is it Fully Dehydrated?”

Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating

~Make your dehydrating easier with these handy tools!~ In addition to your dehydrator think about getting some of these tools to make dehydrating easier. NOTE: The following information in this article contains affiliate links. 21st Century Simple Living is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to… Read more“Equipment Labor-Savers for Dehydrating”

What CAN You Dehydrate at Home?

For the HOME dehydrator, there are many options available in foods you can dehydrate. Although you can dehydrate just about anything, shelf stability and SAFETY are key to deciding what I will put my work and time into. After much research and experimenting, I have found that I am most successful… Read more“What CAN You Dehydrate at Home?”

Optimizing Dehydrator Airflow for Faster Drying

With Options for Trays, Tools, & Tips A food dehydrator uses a heat source and airflow to reduce the water content of foods. In order to dry foods successfully, these two components must be present. Before buying your machine make sure it has both; not all dryers on the market contain a… Read more“Optimizing Dehydrator Airflow for Faster Drying”

Using the Oven for Dry Canning—Is it Safe?

Many people replace vacuum sealing or oxygen absorbers with this storage prep method, but is it really safe? Dry oven canning is the process of canning dry goods (such as flour, beans, oats, and dehydrated foods) in a 200°F/95°C oven. The standard instructions are to place items in glass canning… Read more“Using the Oven for Dry Canning—Is it Safe?”

Nutritional/Dietary Considerations of Dehydrated Food

~Learn how dehydration affects nutrition in your foods~ Nutrients: Although the drying process is a good way to keep many nutrients, including fiber, vitamin A and iron, some nutrients can be stripped from dehydrated foods. Vitamin C is almost completely destroyed in the process. In addition, the B-vitamin and mineral content… Read more“Nutritional/Dietary Considerations of Dehydrated Food”

Storage Considerations for Dried Foods

  ~What you need to know to store dried foods~ After foods are dehydrated, they need to be stored properly. Four major factors will affect the shelf life of long-term storage of home dehydrated food; temperature, moisture, oxygen, and light. To be able to store your dried foods making sure you… Read more“Storage Considerations for Dried Foods”

Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?

Learn how to prevent—or solve—this problem Do you have trouble getting your dehydrated foods off the trays? Food high in sugars can be the worse to remove from our trays when dry. Try these simple hacks. _____________________________________ To Preventing Sticking: √ Do not slice your food or spread too thin…. Read more“Food Stuck to Dehydrator Trays?”