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Fancy gadgets: Dehydrator

I’ve written a few posts lately with dehydrator recipes or use.

Kale miso chips.

fruit leather

So I thought it might be helpful to write about the dehydrator.

Now the average Dutch kitchen is tiny. And I’m generally gadget phobic because storage can be a big challenge. But I’m curious about food and in particular vegetarian options. Anything I do buy needs to be multi-use too if possible.

Dehydrators have become very fashionable in the raw food trend. But that’s not why I bought one.

In my interest in food I’m primarily focused on ways I can use the food we grow. Any successful process has the following criteria:
1. Low cost
2. Low energy
3. Tasty
4. Low effort and simple
5. Low waste

There’s a lot going on and I don’t have much time so if I stumble across a process that ticks those boxes I’m very happy.

We learned that drying food was a good option about three years ago and we used our oven on the lowest heat to do some ‘sun-dried’ tomatoes. They were good but it took ten hours. I wasn’t happy with leaving our oven on for that long.

Then two years ago I decided to investigate dehydrators. I had a very low budget and I found one on the internet that was small, lightweight and a great price.

the Kitchn has an interesting shirt piece on dehydrators here.

And here’s an inspiring list of forty uses for a dehydrator to give some ideas. Though I personally wouldn’t spend $240 on one. (Mine IS a dinky round one but €25 was my limit. Plus my garden produce is about enough for what I have.

It’s also more flexible than it sounds. I’ve learnt that it can be used for making yogurt for example so that could be an interesting experiment.

It’s also interesting to explore some of the uses to get inspiration for other things we may be growing.

I’ve used it to dry sliced lemons for soap making and will be putting some of those pears in it too. Then there’s drying herbs as another great option.

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It looks a bit odd but this strawberry and rhubarb fruit leather was the tastiest we’ve ever made and it was a ‘waste’ by product of some juice that would’ve been destined for the compost!

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10 comments on “Fancy gadgets: Dehydrator

  1. lindaswildlifegarden
    August 24, 2014

    Reblogged this on Linda's wildlife garden and commented:
    Awesome that will be the next thing I save up for have a blessed day

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  2. cheergerm
    August 24, 2014

    Very cool!

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  3. sheenmeem
    August 24, 2014

    I always had a wish to buy a dehydrator. Reading your post has remotivated me to search for one.

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  4. wscottling
    August 24, 2014

    I love my dehydrator! I don’t have a garden but I can buy fresh fruits and veggies and dehydrate them. It’s a neat thing to have around.

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  5. downmyfront
    August 24, 2014

    Added to my Christmas list! Thanks for the tip

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    • lizard100
      August 25, 2014

      No worries. It’s worth it. Apparently it’s good for making yogurt too. It really helps with the garden produce.

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  6. suchled
    August 25, 2014

    Hi, thanks for the comment. I have a dehydrator. Just dried a basketful of Parsley and sent it to my daughter it was the size of a thick Christmas card. I’ll check out more of your blog later.

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    • lizard100
      August 25, 2014

      Brilliant. I’m hoping to do more hers this year too.

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