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The Benefits Of Having And Using A Food Dehydrator

by Denis K Dresser

posted in Food and Drink

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Most food items that you buy in the supermarket and other shops are laden with artificial ingredients that can be bad for your health. These harmful additives include MSG, too much salt and sugar. Consuming too much of these substances can cause a person to develop different types of health issues or illnesses such as diabetes, obesity and even kidney, liver and cardio-related diseases.
Because of these scary facts, a lot of people today are choosing to prepare their food in their own way. They want to make sure that the foods they eat are not injected with harmful artificial ingredients and they do this by growing the vegetables and fruits themselves. Preparing their food is also a good way of making sure that everything they eat are still natural and not full of harmful additives.
One of the natural ways you can preserve some food items and make them tastier is through the use of a food dehydrator. A food dehydrator removes the water from the food but it retains its flavor. When you use a food dehydrator, the result is a convenient food with a taste that, depending on your personal preference, may be better than the original.
Below are the specific benefits of using a food dehydrator:
You can make sure the foods you eat are free from preservatives and chemical additives - Food dehydration needs just one ingredient: the food you will be drying. The end product is 100% natural food that will stay tasty and nutritious for many months. If you want your food to have a brighter color and don't mind some acid, you can put some lemon juice in your food dehydration projects.
It makes storing food more efficient - Dehydrated foods tend to take less than one sixth of their original storage space. As such, it does not require the ongoing electrical drain of a refrigerator or freezer. For example, after drying a case of peaches, you can easily fit them into a handful of sandwich bags and these can sit neatly in your pantry where you can eat them at your pleasure.
It helps you save money - Dehydrating your food is a cost-effective option. You get to eat dried foods that cost less than those you can buy in a shops or supermarkets. You can also save money when you go for this option when you buy foods on sale or in bulk and preserve them for later. Using a food dehydrator to dry your own herbs and make homemade treats that you can give out as presents can also allow you to save some money.
You can reduce waste - Finally, a food dehydrator will help you preserve food that would otherwise go to waste. You will be able to manage a larger garden, accept more produce from your friends' gardens, rescue food in the back of your refrigerator, and buy a case of ripe bananas on sale.
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