A little while ago I purchased a food dehydrator from Amazon U.K.
Being new to dehydrating food, I also decided to buy a copy of The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Dehydrating Foods, by Jeanette Hurt.
It is a great book and the recipes are very easy to follow.
The only downside for us in Europe is that it uses American measurements, but it is simple enough to scribble a quick conversion chart on the inside of the cover.
I’ve been wanting a food hydrator for quite a while, and so far I’m impressed with everything I’ve dehydrated. I’m really pleased with my purchase.
Apart from dehydrating foods for my wife and I to enjoy, another reason for wanting, and purchasing a food dehydrator, was so I could make tasty and healthy treats for our two dogs.
Admittedly both of the dogs will pretty much eat anything we give them, but the dehydrated sweet potato is a favourite.
Here are some photos of my food dehydrating:
Onions, Mushrooms, and Tomatoes
Oranges and Lemons
For yonks I’ve wanted a dehydrator, and this year I decided to spend the birthday money that my Mother gave me, on purchasing one.
Being a newbie to all things dehydrating, I opted for a budget dehydrator, as I didn’t want to waste money on something that may end up collecting dust in a cupboard.
I ordered a Digital Food Dryer & Dehydrator, which cost a penny under £40, from Amazon UK.
The dehydrator arrived the next day, but I was unable to get dehydrating because I still needed to purchase some citric acid, which I also ordered via Amazon UK.
When the citric acid finally arrived I thought I would start simple, so I dehydrated some apples.
To start the process I peeled and sliced the apples, and then left them to soak in a water and citric acid bath for 10 minutes.
I then drained the apple slices, and placed them on the trays in the dehydrator.
I put the lid on the dehydrator, set the timer to 12 hours and the temperature to 60 centigrade, and left it to do its magic over night.
The next morning I had a look at the apples. Some of the slices still seemed a bit soft, so I put the dehydrator back on for a further 2 hours, and that did the trick. The apple slices were perfectly dry and ready to eat.
My first attempt at dehydrating turned out very well, and I will be trying various other fruits, and also some savoury foods including tomatoes and mushrooms in the next few days.