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