[Fabio M Costa] The benefits of food preservation by dehydration

Food Dehydrator allows food drying gently which has the advantage of preserving both all the taste and vitamins for a long time. Check out this sweet dehydration process and its benefits.

How does it work ?

 

The food Dehydrator allows you to simply and effectively dry all types of fresh food: fruit, vegetable, sauce, herb or even soup.

Simply wash and cut the food you want to dry in slices and not too thick (0.5cm maximum) then arrange on the plates of the food dehydrator.

The device will then propel evenly heated air between 40 ° C and 45 ° C for several hours. The dryers are equipped with an automatic timer: Once the programmed drying time, they take care of everything.

The temperature reached by the dehydrator is very soft and does not exceed 50 ° C. This temperature does not cook food but is sufficient to evaporate all the water they contain. Food is then slowly and totally dehydrated.

Keep your food longer

Fresh vegetables dehydrated using a food dehydrator

The advantage of such a process is that it gradually and completely dries food. For better food preservation, dehydration can be supplemented by a vacuum and / or freezing, for example, you can use best vacuum sealer to protect your food. Indeed, water is not the only factor responsible for the oxidation of foods: the temperature and the presence of air are also determining factors. Even in the absence of moisture, vitamins and enzymes oxidise in air.

Dehydration of fruits

APRICOT

Wash the apricots, cut them in half to extract the kernel. Arrange the apricot halves skin side down on the plate drier.

Drying time> 24 to 30 hours

PINEAPPLE

Peel the pineapple and remove the eyes and heart of the pineapple. Cut the fruit into slices or small pieces with a thickness of 0.5 cm.

Drying time> 14 to 20 hours

BANANAS

Peel the bananas and cut them into slices or rings of 0.3 to 0.5 cm thick.

drying time> 8 to 12 hours

HERRIES

Wash, remove the stalks and stone the cherries. Cut in half and place them on food dehydrator plate face down.

Drying time> 18 to 22 hours

FIGUES

Wash the figs. You can leave them whole (longer drying time) or cut into slices.

Drying time> 25 to 30 hours

STRAWBERRIES

Wash and hull strawberries. Cut into thin slices 0.5 cm thick.

Drying time> 10 to 15 hours

KIWI

Peel the kiwis and cut into slices 0.5 cm thick.

drying time> 10h till 18h

BLACKBERRY

Wash the blackberries and arrange them on the food dehydrator tray.

Drying time> 14 to 20 hours

PEARS

Wash, seed and cut the pears into slices of 0.5 cm. You can also split the four.

Drying time> 12 to 20 hours

APPLES

Peel the apples and remove the seeds. Cut into slices of 0.5 cm in thickness.

Drying time> 15 to 20 hours

PLUM

Wash the plums and cut them in half to remove the kernel. Incise the skin of the fruit to encourage dehydration.

Drying time> 24 to 30 hours

GRAPES

Wash the grapes and remove the stalks them.

Drying time> 25 to 30 hours

TOMATOES

Wash and hull the tomatoes. Cut into 0.5 cm thick. For the cherry tomatoes cut them just two and arrange on the plate of food drying the skin side down.

Drying time> 10 to 12 hours

Conservation dehydrated foods

A healthy diet

Drying food in the food dehydrator is at a mild temperature. Unlike a furnace, the drier does not submit the food to a temperature above 50 ° C. In this way all the flavors and vitamins, enzymes and nutrients minerals are perfectly conserved.

Dehydrated fruits and vegetables are the same nutritional benefit than raw food; the use of a dehydrator is particularly recommended for a raw food diet or to fill vitamin deficiencies.

Did you know ?

Most vitamins are very sensitive to heat. This is the case of water soluble vitamins are saying that are destroyed from 60 ° C. Water-soluble vitamins are vitamin C, the B vitamins and niacin (PP).

The failure of one of these vitamins can have harmful consequences for your health, so it is advisable to eat a variety of fruits and vegetables throughout the year.

Use a food dehydrator can effectively keep fruits and vegetables in season to enjoy their benefits all year.

Our advice to dehydrate your fruit

The drying time depends directly on the amount of water contained in the fruit, and thus may vary depending on the product quality.

You can also adjust the drying time depending on the rendering more or less crispy expected.

Recommended temperature: 45 ° C