Dehydrating Potatoes How-To

Potatoes can be a problem to dehydrate if you are not aware that they can and do turn black if not processed properly. The key is cooking the potatoes before dehydrating. If your potatoes turn black (or other colors) after they are boiled, you may be using an aluminum or reactive… Read more“Dehydrating Potatoes How-To”

How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality

Start with the best produce to get the best dried foods √ Start with the fresh produce in your garden or choose organic, non-GMO foods from the grocery store or farmer’s markets if you can afford them. Look for foods that are free of blemishes. √ Use the best fruit… Read more“How to Achieve Good Dehydrated Food Quality”

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”

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?”

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?”

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”

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?”

What is Case Hardening?

Why is understanding Case Hardening important? As moisture is removed from fruits, meat, or vegetables, their cellular structure begins to collapse and the cells become smaller. The result of this is the shrinking of the product as it dries. If the heat is too high, in hopes of a faster… Read more“What is Case Hardening?”