Top 5 Dehydrators

The Best and Most Recommended Dehydrator List

Each year there are new features being added to dehydrators from respected manufacturers, but time and again advances turn out to be mere marketing gimmicks. When we fail to do good research, buying a new dehydrator can lead to a disappointing purchase, despite what the manufacturers claim the dehydrators can do.

We all have expectations and features we are looking for which makes it even more difficult to decide which dehydrator will work best for you. Despite this, there are some dehydrators that will give you a product that’s a step above the rest. These are dehydrators that can give you fresh vegetables, fruits and meats that live up to your expectations. These units have repeatedly and consistently proven to be an ideal choice not just for the Pick My Dehydrator Team but for tens of thousands of people that use these on a regular basis.

2018 Top Rated Dehydrators

Nesco Snackmaster Pro Food Dehydrator FD-75A

Nesco Snackmaster Dehydrator

The Nesco Snackmaster will dry fruits, vegetables and meat in hours instead of days. Because of its unique design the flavors don't mix and there is no need to rotate trays. The unit has a thermostat that can be adjusted from 95 to 160 degrees. It also includes a recipe book. This is one of the highest rated and most popular dehydrators sold.

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$88.99

Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator

Excalibur Food Dehydrator

If you are looking to do more dehydrating than one of the smaller dehydrators can handle, then the Excalibur is a good choice. The model has 9 trays which add up to 15 square feet of drying area. It also includes a 10 year warranty. Another great buy if you are looking for something a little larger.

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$350.00

Aroma Professional 6 Tray Food Dehydrator

Aroma Professional 6 tray dehydrator

Another highly rated dehydrator that includes 6 removable racks an adjustable thermostat (95-155 degrees) and a drip tray to collect any drippings from the drying process. Tray height is adjustable and the fan promotes even drying and will not overheat. The Aroma includes a 5 year warranty.

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$149.99

Nesco FD-60 Snackmaster Express 4-Tray Food Dehydrator

Nesco FD-60

This small dehydrator is great for small batches or the occasional drying. It comes with 4 trays, has a top mounted fan and an adjustable thermostat. It includes an unique airflow system that forces air through an external pressurized chamber instead of through the trays which results in a more even flow. It comes with a 1 year warranty.

$79.99

STX INTERNATIONAL Dehydra STX-DEH-1200W-XLS

STX International Dehydra Dehydrator

If you are super serious about dehydrating and want results that rival store bought dehydrated fruits, vegetables and meats then look no further. This dehydrator features 1200 watts of power, 10 stainless steel trays and 16 square feet of drying space. It also comes with 2 silicone mats for fruit roll-ups. The STX comes with a 1 year fix or replace warranty and is highly rated.

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$529.90

Dehydrator FAQs

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What kinds of foods can I dehydrate?

There are many types of foods that can be dehydrated. These include fruits, vegetables, meats, spices, flowers for crafts, etc. You can make soup mixes, create your own trail mix, jerky and many other tasty treats. A great way to explore all the possibilities is to read some books on the subject. You’ll be surprised at all the food, and other things, you can dehydrate.

Is the food I dehydrate better than those purchased at the store?

I would say unequivocally, YES! It costs much less to dehydrate foods than to buy something similar from the grocery store. Most people justify the cost of a dehydrator, depending on how often you use it, in a few months. Also, you know what is going into your foods. There are no preservatives or other chemicals. So you’re eating much healthier and the food will taste better too!

How does the dehydration process work?

Dehydration works by raising the temperature of the food with a combination of controlled heat and air essentially moving the heated air over the food and also removing the moisture from the food. By using this controlled method, the food is able to retain most of the vital enzymes, vitamins and minerals.

Will the dehydration process destroy the enzymes in the food?

There have been many studies related to this question. If the food being dehydrated gets to a temperature of 120F or above for a period of time, the enzymes will be destroyed. The recommendation to preserve the most enzymes is to set the temperature at 105F for the entire dehydration cycle.

Why can’t I dehydrate foods in my oven?

Typical ovens don’t have a temperature setting low enough to dehydrate foods properly. Most ovens also don’t heat evenly enough for effective food dehydration. The cost of heating an oven is very expensive compared to the very cheap cost of running a dehydrator which is around 5 cents per hour. Dehydrators are much more efficient. You also have many more trays and the ability to dehydrate more food at once.

Is dehydrating the best way to preserve foods?

Dehydrating is a great way to preserve foods without destroying enzymes, vitamins and minerals. Other forms of preservation, such as canning destroy some of these vital nutrients. Especially since the foods being preserved reach a temperature higher than 120F. It is also easier to store dehydrated foods.

Is dehydrating meats safe?

Dehydrating meats is safe as long as the temperature is set to at least 155F. The temperature on most dehydrators will vary during the drying cycle both above and below the setting. The USDA recommends a temperature of 160F to be safe. If you plan to dehydrate meats be sure the dehydrator you buy has a temperature setting of at least 155F otherwise it may not be safe to dehydrate meats.

Dehydrating Herbs in a Food Dehydrator

Drying herbs in a dehydratorThere are several reasons why you might want to dehydrate herbs and the reasons swing between saving money to seeking a better flavor quality by using dried herbs in your recipes. A preference for using an organic product you have dried yourself using a herb dehydrator, is also right up there for health reasons.

Drying herbs in a dehydrator is fast, as well as an excellent way to store what your garden has provided. You will always have fresh herbs, unlike the dried herbs you find in a supermarket. Moving your food herbs from your garden and into storage mode as quickly as possible will ensure their high quality.

How to Dehydrate Herbs in a Food Dehydrator

The first thing you will need to do is to give the leaves and flowers of your herbs a quick rinse, followed by gently shaking them to remove excess water. Rinsing seeds is not necessary. After rinsing, you can lay your herbs out flat so they dry in the air for a half an hour or so.

When this is done, you should set the temperature of your herb dehydrator to between 95 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit. While heating, you can take the trays and place the herbs carefully in a single layer on each tray. It will take between one and four hours for the herbs to dry, depending on the herb. It is important to remember that only one type of herb should be placed on a tray in order to preserve the integrity of the flavor.

You can tell when the herbs are properly dried by checking that the leaves crumble and the stems break when you try to bend them. This method works especially well for herbs such as mint, oregano, tarragon and basil. If you do not want the stems, simply remove the leaves and place them on your trays and wait for them to reach their crumbling point.

Drying Oregano in a Dehydrator

You can proceed as above, with the addition of turning the stems of the oregano a few times while they are drying. This ensures that drying occurs evenly and gives you the best result. A tip to use when checking to see if the oregano is ready is to pinch the bottom of the stem, before pulling upwards. The leaves should easily fall off and crumble.

If you want to keep the oregano stems, but not use them for cooking (they can be woody and bitter), then use them to create an interesting aroma by adding them to an open fire or a smoker.

What To Look For In A Dehydrator

As you would expect, there are many choices of dehydrators available for you to purchase with differing price points and features. The best dehydrator for herbs is one which will get the job done quickly and is approved for home use.

Your dehydrator should fit comfortably in the location you intend to use it and have special removable trays specifically for herbs. It should also be easy to clean and have a basic thermostat so the drying temperature can be controlled.

If your budget allows a model that includes a timer, go for it, but you can easily use other timer options, such as the timer on your stove for example. If you don’t already own a food dehydrator, it’s important to remember not to buy one with features you are not likely to need.

Storing Dried Herbs

After you have finished dehydrating herbs, it is important to store them quickly so they retain their full flavor. The best way to do this is to keep them in a dry place, preferably in the dark. You should place the dried herbs in a glass bottle, or a plastic container which is airtight will also do the job. My personal preference is glass bottles. This is also a great opportunity to use a vacuum sealer.

The reason for storing herbs in a dark, dry place is to maintain and preserve the flavor of the herbs. Light and air tend to weaken the strength of the herb. Stored in this manner, your dried herbs should retain quality and flavor for approximately six months.

You can see now that dehydrating herbs is not difficult and if you already have a dehydrator, you are halfway there. Herbs you dry yourself are more flavorful than supermarket dried herbs and the organic benefits are attractive. Aside from using your dried herbs for cooking, there are a number other things you can do with them to take full advantage of your herb garden. Small bottles of dried herbs can be packaged to make a homemade gift or placed in a sachet. You could even sell them. So if you are looking for an interesting hobby, growing, dehydrating and storing dried herbs for your own use, or to sell, is one you should consider.


How to Make Beef Jerky

Dehydrating Beef jerkyThere are different reasons that people decide to start making their own beef jerky. Some are looking for a healthier snack for the kids rather than the junk food that is full of empty calories and additives. Others use dehydration as a form of preservation for foods they can take along on camping trips. Many people who have never tried dehydrating foods question whether there are any real benefits to making their own beef jerky instead of just buying it commercially.

Why make beef jerky when I can buy it at the store?

It isn’t just that the taste of homemade jerky is better; it’s why it’s better that encourages many people to make homemade beef jerky regularly. They rely on the dehydration process to preserve the meat and use the seasonings of choice to enhance the natural flavor. The ingredients of most beef jerky in the stores include a long list of additives including preservatives, corn syrup, and flavor enhancers. When you make your own, you determine exactly what goes into the snacks you and your family will be eating. The end result is a healthier, better tasting jerky.

Cost is another consideration, especially when the jerky is eaten as more than an occasional snack. This is especially true if you purchase jerky made from grass-fed beef. You can also make the jerky to fit any special dietary needs by purchasing the quality of meat and using the type of marinade that has only the ingredients you want to eat.

What to look for in a dehydrator

The dehydrator is the most important tool for making good quality, safe, nutritious beef jerky. Although taste may be the first concern on your mind, safety is always an important consideration when preserving meat. Choosing the right dehydrator will determine how effectively the meat is dried and preserved.

There are two basic types of dehydrators including those with vertical and horizontal air flow. Vertical air flow dehydrators usually have a heat base and fan at the bottom but some are placed at the top of the unit. The fan moves the heated air up and down through the dehydrator. The air flows vertically and not across the food trays so that some areas are exposed to less air than others, often resulting in uneven drying of the food. Most will have to have the trays turned throughout the drying process and the end results can still be unpredictable.

In general, vertical flow dehydrators cost less than those that use horizontal air flow. Some beginners may be tempted to purchase a cheaper dehydrator until they decide if making their own beef jerky is something they want to do regularly. Using the wrong dehydrator will cause you to get poor results that may prevent you from ever wanting to make jerky again. Although vertical air flow dehydrators are fine for dehydrating some types of foods, such as fruits or herbs, they are not the best choice for making beef jerky.

Horizontal air flow dehydrators have a fan in the rear and distribute air evenly across the drying trays. Regardless of the number of trays in the dehydrator, the food at every level and position will turn out the same without the need to rotate trays during the drying process. When dehydrating meat, removing all of the moisture is essential for producing a safe product. You never want to leave moisture behind when making jerky to prevent the potential for bacterial growth.

Another important feature to look for on a dehydrator is an adjustable thermostat. All types of foods have a specific optimum temperature that should be used. People used to use low temperatures to make beef jerky but experts realize today that higher temperatures are needed to destroy any bacteria in the meat.

Although horizontal flow dehydrators are typically more expensive than vertical flow units, you don’t have to invest in the largest, best dehydrator to get good results. There are many affordable models with adequate capacity to handle large batches of jerky safely and efficiently.

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How does a dehydrator dry meat?

The right temperature and airflow work together to provide the ideal conditions for jerky and any other type of food you want to dehydrate. A heating element produces the heat that pulls the moisture from the food and into the atmosphere of the dehydrator. Then the fan pulls the moisturized air out of the unit. When making beef jerky, it is especially important to reach the appropriate temperature to kill dangerous bacteria in the meat. Meats are dehydrated at higher temperatures than other foods and the air flow should be consistent to remove the moisture from the dehydrator.

Choosing the best cuts of meat

To make good beef jerky, you have to start with the best cuts of meat. Although you would normally choose a steak with the right amount of fat and marbling to give the meat the desired flavor as it is cooked, the opposite is true when making beef jerky. You will need to choose a lean cut with as little marbling and fat as possible. Fat will turn rancid and prevent your jerky from having the long lasting quality that you want from the dehydration process. Some popular choices are flank steak and round steak. You can also use London broil cuts and organic meats. Whatever cut you go with, make sure they are fresh and have a deep red color with no brown spots visible.

Marinades/Seasonings

Marinades and seasonings come in a wide variety of pre-mixes and recipes you can use to make your own. Salt and sugar are often added to improve the preservation process but there are also low-sodium, sugar-free recipes available for those who are on restricted diets.

Marinades are typically dry rub or wet and they are used to add seasoning to the meat. Once you choose your recipe, it is added to the beef and refrigerated in a glass container or sealable plastic bag and refrigerated. To get the full impact of the marinade, let it refrigerate for about 24-hours. You do not have to rinse the meat once it has finished marinating but do shake off any extra liquid or lumps of rub.

The choice in marinade and seasoning is the one that you can always change if you are not completely satisfied with the taste of the beef jerky. Leaving the meat to marinade for 24-hours may result in a too-salty taste that you may want to change for the next batch, or you may simply decide that you want to taste more of the meat and less of the spice. If you can pinpoint the undesirable ingredient, you can try the same recipe without it. Otherwise, you may want to switch to an entirely different recipe. It may take a few batches before you find the perfect taste or the first one might be the one that sticks.

Steps to prepare for dehydration

Trim any excess fat or silverskin from the meat. This includes any pockets of fat that may appear throughout or layers on the surface. It is virtually impossible to remove all traces of fat, but you should remove as much as possible.

Once the fat has been trimmed away, cut the meat into 1/4-inch slices. You can either slice with the grain and get chewier jerky or against the grain to get jerky that is more tender, but which may fall apart. The grain is the direction that the muscle fibers, or white lines. While you probably like your steak to be tender, most people prefer a chewier jerky that stays intact so they cut the meat with the grain.

Place the jerky on the dehydrator trays in a single layer without overlapping any pieces. Set the temperature to 155-160°F. Depending on the dehydrator you use and the recommendations for drying the jerky, you may be able to set the timer for the appropriate drying time and leave it until the process is completed. After the dehydration process has completed, heat the jerky in an oven at a minimum temperature of 160°F (60°C) for at least 30 minutes as a precaution against the risk of salmonella.

How to store your jerky

The method of storage is nearly as important as the dehydration process. The main idea is to prevent moisture and air from coming into contact with the meat. Otherwise, mold or bacterial growth will spoil the jerky.

Let the jerky cool completely before putting into storage. If the jerky seems too moist, you may need to use a desiccant bag to help remove the moisture. Desiccant is readily available online or you can simply use a paper bag to wick moisture away from the jerky. The jerky should be thoroughly dry before putting into storage containers.

Air-tight containers made of glass or food-grade plastic are the best. If using sealable plastic bags, get a brand name that is good quality and heavy duty. Some people like to use a vacuum packing system to keep the jerky perfectly sealed for an even longer shelf life by providing a better airtight seal than you will get from any container. There are many who believe that jerky should be kept in the refrigerator or freezer to extend the shelf life but nearly as many who advise against it. As long as the jerky is thoroughly dehydrated and stored properly, it should last for many months without refrigeration.

How Long Does Dehydrated Food Last?

How long does dehydrated food last
How Long Does it Last?

Bacteria, yeast and mold are types of microorganisms that consume nutrients and water in foods, leading to spoilage. The process of dehydration removes moisture so these microorganisms cannot survive. Unlike other methods of food preservation, such as freeze-drying or canning, dehydration does not require you to add high levels of sodium to food or significantly deplete the nutrients fruits and vegetables naturally contain.

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables may last for many years. When meat is preserved as jerky, it should be kept no more than six months. You may also want to consider keeping jerky in the refrigerator after one month to keep it fresh.

Many people use dehydrators to preserve herbs for year around cooking. These spices can last for many years without losing their potency. Choosing a dehydrator that dries food thoroughly and storing the food properly are the two key factors that will make the food last long-term.

Choosing a Dehydrator

Dehydrators come in a wide range of sizes, designs, brands, and prices. Many people trying out dehydration for the first time will invest in a less expensive model. Keep in mind that your primary goal is to get all of the moisture out of the food.

Different types of foods require different drying times and temperatures to achieve optimal results. A dehydrator should have an adjustable thermostat so you can set it to the appropriate temperature for each food you dry.

One significant difference between dehydrators is that of vertical or horizontal air flow. Most of the lower priced round dehydrators on the market use vertical air flow. These units are sometimes less effective at getting the food evenly dried on every tray.

Horizontal air flow dehydrators are more consistent and often do a better job of removing all the moisture from all types of food. These dehydrators tend to be more expensive than the vertical air flow models. Often, consumers who enjoy dehydrating food will invest in a horizontal air flow dehydrator to get better results.

How to Store Dehydrated Foods

A dimly lit pantry is the ideal place to store dehydrated food. Pantries are typically cool and dry, protecting dehydrated food from heat or light. When choosing containers, bags that zip closed are a better choice than plastic bowls with snap-on lids since bags are flexible and allow you to press the air out of them before sealing. You should use only heavy-duty bags that are food-grade to ensure the food is tightly and safely sealed. Better yet is a vacuum sealer.

The type of dehydrator you use, the way food is stored, and the sterility of the process you use will determine how long dehydrated food will last. Oxygen absorbers and Mylar bags are tools that can be used to increase shelf life if the dehydration process is performed properly. In spite of your best efforts, there is the possibility that bugs or mold may get into the food. Any time that there are obvious signs of spoilage or mold on the food, it should be discarded for safety. Otherwise, you should be able to enjoy most of the food you preserve for years to come.

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Solar Food Dehydrators vs Electric Food Dehydrators

Solar or Air dehydrator
Solar dehydrator

Dehydration is an ages-old method of preserving food that is simple and effective. A dehydrator allows you to remove the moisture from food that causes spoilage while retaining the taste and nutrition of the food. Dehydrated food is also highly portable so you can take it with you wherever you go. Foods like beef jerky or dried fruits and vegetables can be enjoyed as a healthy snack at home, camping trips, or any place where fresh food isn’t readily available.

Food dehydrators are becoming increasingly popular kitchen appliances since more people are becoming aware of the health implications of eating food prepared with additives. Dehydrating food lets you preserve healthy seasonal fruits and vegetables to enjoy all year long.

Solar vs Electric Dehydrators

The biggest difference between an electric and solar dehydrator is the energy source. While the electric unit requires electricity to operate, a solar powered dehydrator uses heat from the sun and surrounding air to dry food. That means that the best time to use a solar food dryer will be when sunshine is available. The dehydration process can also be affected by the amount of humidity in the air. Food will dehydrate faster in areas with low humidity.

Both electric and solar dehydrators are available in a variety of styles. Electric dehydrators come in a variety of sizes and capacities and include a variety of features that make dehydrating food more precise and convenient. Automatic timers and temperature controls allow users to dehydrate a wide variety of foods without repeatedly checking to see if the food is dry. More expensive models that use a horizontal air flow system dry foods more evenly than those with vertical air flow without requiring the trays to be rotated throughout the drying process.

Solar dehydrators vary more in structure and materials and lack the features that make dehydrating different foods precise. Most are made of light mesh that allow the warmth of the sun and the surrounding air to dehydrate the food. There are also more elaborate models that use an indirect heat source and/or glass to create higher temperatures within the unit. A number of factors will determine whether a solar dehydrator or a more conventional electric model is best.

Pros and Cons of Solar Dehydrators

electric dehydrator
Electric Dehydrator

A solar food dehydrator brings simplicity and energy-efficiency to the practice of dehydrating foods. The units are lightweight and more affordable than the electric models. Solar dehydrators work outdoors without the heat and noise electric dehydrators often produce in the kitchen. Since a solar food dryer uses the sun’s energy to dehydrate foods, the units are highly energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly.

There are also some drawbacks to using a solar dehydrator. The drying process is not precise and there is no controlling the heat from the sun so meat and poultry cannot be safely dried. For some foods, drying may take several days and you have to bring the food indoors to prevent the absorption of moisture at night. Due to their lightweight construction, a solar food dehydrator doesn’t last as long as an electric unit made from metal.

What About Electric Dehydrators?

Electric dehydrators are more robust and allow the user precise control over the dehydrating process. Variable temperature settings make it possible to dry foods at optimum temperatures, including meat and poultry. Stackable trays allow users to dehydrate large quantities of food at one time, keeping energy use to a minimum and requiring less time and effort to dehydrate large batches of food.

The drawbacks of electric dehydrators include a higher cost, use of electricity and noisy operation. Some users lack the necessary counter space to keep an electric dehydrator in their kitchen. The decision between solar vs electric comes down to the preferences of the user and the types of foods that will be dried.

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Horizontal Flow vs Vertical Flow Dehydrators

Food dehydrators are versatile machines that allow you to preserve food while retaining more nutrients and natural flavor. Dehydration is a safe and simple method of preserving that many people find easier and less time consuming than other methods such as freezing or canning. The dehydration process works by removing the moisture in the food that supports the growth of bacteria, mold and yeast. Thoroughly drying the food prevents the growth of these microorganisms which would otherwise lead to spoilage. It is important that all of the moisture is removed from the food during the dehydration process.

A dehydrator relies on heat, dry air, and air flow to remove moisture from food. The amount of heat and dry air inside the machine is determined by the setting of an adjustable thermostat. This setting will differ according to the food being dried. Foods that are denser, like meat, require higher temperatures and more dry air to efficiently remove all of the moisture.

The flow of air is what carries the moisture away from the food. Dehydrators come with either horizontal or vertical air flow systems. Each type of air flow has advantages and disadvantages.

Advantages of Vertical Air Flow

Vertical air flow dehydrators are usually made with a heat element in the base and fan at the bottom of the unit although some units have the heating element mounted at the top. Machines made with a vertical air flow system tend to be less expensive than those with horizontal air flow. These units are more suited to drying fragile items like fruit, herbs and fish than they are for meats such as beef, chicken and wild game. While larger volumes of air can result in these delicate items becoming over-dried and crumbly, the lower exposure in a vertical flow dehydrator is just right to maintain the integrity of delicate foods and craft items.

Disadvantages of Vertical Air Flow

Dehydrators with vertical air flow often cause uneven heating. The position of the heat base and fan often lead to an uneven distribution of air across the trays. Trays must be rotated during the dehydration process to ensure more even drying and these units are less likely to dry meat and dense food like bananas evenly. Drying meat thoroughly is especially important to prevent the potential growth of bacteria, making vertical flow dehydrators a less desirable choice for this type of dehydrating.

Advantages of Horizontal Air Flow

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Shelf model air-flow

In a horizontal air flow dehydrator, the air flows evenly across every tray. Stackable models that can be expanded to a larger number of trays will get the same efficient results as models that have a fixed number of trays. The even flow of air allows you to set the dehydrator for the appropriate drying time and go about your business while the machine does its job. There is no need to rotate trays and all types of food can be perfectly dried, even when every tray is filled.

Horizontal air flow dehydrators offer a big advantage to consumers who want to dry large volumes of food. These units take less time to dry foods than vertical dehydrators and are available in a variety of capacities. These features make it convenient to preserve food from the garden, make large batches of jerky, and create healthy snacks like fruit rolls with minimal effort.

Disadvantages of Horizontal Air Flow

The only real disadvantage to horizontal air flow dehydrators is the price. These units usually cost significantly more than a similar model that implements vertical air flow. If you need a dehydrator that dries faster and more evenly or you want to preserve meat, investing in a horizontal air flow dehydrator is the most convenient and safest option.

The choice between a horizontal flow and vertical flow dehydrator depends largely on the individual’s needs. These versatile machines have a broad range of uses from preserving herbs from an herb garden to preserving fruits and vegetables to use in meals and as snacks for a healthier diet year round. Once you know which type of dehydrator is best for your needs, the next step is to find a good quality machine at the lowest possible price.

Health Benefits of Food Dehydrators

dehydrated fruits - Health Benefits of Food DehydratorsDehydrating your own food is something that has become almost as popular as juicing and while there are economic and convenience reasons for doing so, the biggest motivating factor is health. In a world where chemicals reside in and on processed foods, dehydrating your own home grown produce, meats and spices, provides yet one more way for individuals to control the food they eat. I’ve outlined the benefits of dehydrating below.

Preservation of Nutrition

Preserving fresh produce is not a new concept and indeed, you can find canned and dried foods everywhere you look in a supermarket. However, the nutritional quality of those foods may be questionable when you consider the sugar and salt content, as well as a smorgasbord of preservatives to keep the food in “edible” condition.

Preserving fresh foods using dehydration conveniently in your home, ensures you will retain almost 100% of the foods’ nutrition as well as its alkalinity. Enzymes and concentrated flavors are also preserved and an unexpected bonus with dehydrating your own food is that the process prevents the growth of bacteria. Additionally, almost all the vitamin C content of dehydrated foods is retained as is vitamin A, beta carotene and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and selenium.

Dehydrated food can also form a significant part of a healthy diet specifically because of the high concentration of enzymes and other nutrients. When compared to canning for example, where the high temperatures used during the canning process causes significant loss of nutritional content, the health benefits of using a food dehydrator to preserve foods become more attractive.

Healthy Food Options

Dehydrating fruits and vegetables ensures a constant supply of low fat, high fiber food. For anyone who is trying to lose weight while maintaining good nutrition this is a desirable health benefit of dehydrating your own produce at home. You can make nutritious snacks to keep on hand to replace calorie laden snacks and foods. If you have issues with blood sugar or blood pressure, you are able to effectively control the amount of sugar and salt in your snacks by dehydrating you own produce. It is also possible to make drinks and smoothies from your dehydrated fruits and vegetables, particularly if you reduced the dried produce down to powder form.

Reduce Harmful Toxins

It is no secret that high levels of salt, sugar and other preservatives are included in preserved foods we buy as a means of making those foods last longer. The tradeoff is often seen in the number of people who after consuming those toxins for an extended period, contract illnesses such as diabetes, cholesterol issues and cancer. Preserving your own food with a dehydrator will free you from the treadmill of consuming these toxins.

Improved Nutrition for Fussy Eaters

It is well known that children can be fussy with their foods and go through periods of not eating vegetables. Dehydrating vegetables and fruits into crunchy snacks can assist in alleviating this problem while at the same time boosting their overall consumption of vitamins and minerals. Children also like to be part of the process and they will happily lay out fruits and vegetables on the drying trays when they know those foods will soon become banana chips for example… or kale crunch.

The health benefits of using a food dehydrator can be significant. It is possible to eliminate toxins and improve overall nutrition by preserving your own produce by dehydrating. Healthy, tasty fruit and vegetable snacks can improve nutrition as well as keep body weight from soaring out of control compared to unhealthy traditional snack foods. Finally, using a food dehydrator can help with the greatest health benefit of all, by assisting you to take back control of your own health.

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