You already use them. Now learn more about making them.
People ask me all the time what I use my powders for. I point out that they use them too but just don’t see the correlation. Do you use onion powder? Garlic powder? Chick pea flour? How about that wonderful tomato bouillon you buy in the store?
Fruit Powders can be used to make jellies and breads or can be added to sugar to give a fruity taste and cut the amount of sugar being used. Powdered fruits can be put in oatmeal, yogurts, smoothies, shakes, desserts, sauces, teas, pies and drinks. Some fruit powders can also be used as natural meat tenderizers.
Vegetables, grains and legumes can be powdered to produce flours, thicken foods, and flavor just about anything where you want a smooth consistency. Think of all the cans of tomato products sitting in your cupboards. Tomato powder can replace most of those cans and take a lot less room to store. Tomato sauces, pastes, even juices can all be made from tomato powder.
When you dehydrate on your own powders, the flavor and nutrients are better because you get to pick the quality of the product. No fillers, chemicals, or additives! They are easy to store and take up much less room in the cupboards than canned goods or frozen foods.
With fruit and vegetable powder’s nutritional power, you can more easily get your recommended three to five servings of fruits and vegetables. According to Centers for Disease Control, three quarters of adults in this country eat fruits and vegetables less than three times per day. Without the nutritional power of fruits and vegetables, you’re not getting the nutrients you need to feel energized throughout the day.
The powder retains all the fiber from the actual fruit or vegetable. It fills you up and helps you feel fuller longer throughout the day without the need to start reaching for sugar or carbs.
And, as a dehydrator, you already probably have the basics in your pantry. All it takes to make powders is your fruits or vegetables and a coffee/spice grinder, food mill, or high-powered blender. Throw some onions you have dehydrated into one of these machines and you have your own onion powder that will be so good that you will never buy that stuff that sits on the grocery store shelves again!
You can also use up the pieces of the vegetables that you normally throw away. Things like banana peels, lemon peels, orange peels, peach peels, tomato peels, carrot peels, mushroom stems, etc., can be utilized as powders. Zero waste saves money and adds nutrients to your cooking!
To learn more, check out “Why I Love Fruit & Vegetable Powders“.
To make your own fruit and vegetable powders,check out our instructional.
To find articles on how-tos for powders, read our article on Dried Powders: How-tos and Hacks.
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