Current trends in healthy food eating has people opting to go with “raw” foods – essentially eating foods uncooked. Some of the easiest ways for people to follow a raw diet – or any other healthy eating diet is to use a Food Dehydrator to prepare your dried foods. The following are my top 5 benefits of using a food dehydrator.
1. Food is Preserved
If you’re preserving your food you are essentially making it last longer. One of the issues with trying to purchase organic fruits and vegetables is their seasonality. Preserving your food gives you the opportunity to purchase the items in season – dehydrate them, then enjoy them later on after their normal growing season. This provides you with the year-round healthy benefits of individuals foods, along with the ability to enjoy a greater selection of foods. Once you have dehydrated your foods you need to pack them in airtight containers or bags and store them in a cool, dark place. Stored properly, dehydrated foods will last years (if you can wait that long to eat them!)
2. Maintains Higher Nutrition Value than Cooked Foods
The process of using a food dehydrator to prepare food is to take as much liquid/water out of the food as possible. The nutrients and vitamins in foods do not reside in the water content, but rather in the flesh and “meaty” parts of the fruits and vegetables. Using a dehydrator gives you the opportunity to maintain much more of the nutrition value of foods over their cooked counterparts.
3. Convenient and Inexpensive
A good food dehydrator will allow you to dry your favorite foods at home and for a fraction of the cost of what you would pay at a store. Dried foods are shelf-stable for potentially up to decades and give you an amazing of variety of foods to try. Dehydrating your food gives you the opportunity to purchase food in bulk – thereby making food purchases less expensive. Since you will dry the food before it spoils, there is less food to go to waste saving you money.
4. More Flavorful
Dehydrating a food concentrates its natural flavors by reducing the water content. The food dehydrating process naturally makes fruits more sweet – without added sugars or chemicals. You can enjoy your food more and cut down on unhealthy snacks and foods.
Using a food dehydrator allows you to preserve all sorts of foods. The more common dried foods are fruits and vegetables, but herbs and certain spices can be dried also. You can also make jerky using your dehydrator. Many cuts of meat are suitable for the dehydrator and can be flavored to your liking. Huge cost savings over packaged jerky at the store.
5 simple, and powerful reasons to use a food dehydrator. All combined, these benefits point to a healthier lifestyle and less wasted food and wasted money.
Do you use a food dehydrator? If so, let us know in the comments some of your favorite uses!