The other week I was asked if I wanted to review the Tribest Sedona Dehydrator AND give one of them away! I of course jumped at the chance and immediately ordered The Dehydrator Bible for some ‘raw food’ inspiration!
If you’ve never heard of a dehydrator before, they look like a large microwave and use low temperatures to ‘fan dry’ food. They remove water and moisture from food which essentially increases the food’s shelf-life and creates delicious and nutritious, tasty ‘dried’ snacks that are perfect for on-the-go. Dried apple rings are one of my all time favourite snacks and now I could finally make them at home too!
Dehydrators can be used to dehydrate herbs and seasonings such as basil, lavender and mint; fruits such as apples, strawberries, bananas, apricots, mangos and pineapple; and vegetables such as kale, sweet potato and asparagus.
Dried foods such as fruit make an ideal snack on their own or in a dried fruit & nut trail mix, cucumber slices can be used with dips and other vegetables can be rehydrated before eating (by simply putting them in water as you do with dried mushrooms from the packet!). Dried vegetables keep for much longer than fresh and foods such as dried tomatoes are ideal for adding to stews.
*Image from MyRecipes.Com
Dehydrated foods retain almost 100% of their nutritional content whilst creating an environment where bacteria cannot grow. Once dehydrated (and 75% of the moisture is removed) food must be stored in an airtight jar or container, in a cool dark place; dehydrated fruits and vegetables can have a shelf life of up to 30 years! Dried foods can be costly at the supermarket so dehydrating foods at home means you can save money on your shopping bill too!
Foods are typically dehydrated at 46-55 degrees C or 115-130 degrees F for several hours (see below for variances) .. I used The Dehydrator Bible as a reference for what temperatures to use and for how long to dehydrate the foods for (as well as good old Google!!).
And here is what I’ve dehydrated so far 🙂
- Apple Rings – Peel (optional), slice & dip in lemon juice to prevent browning. Dehydrate at 130 degrees F/55 degrees C for 6 hours. The dried apple rings tasted amazing and made such a convenient snack to take in your bag!
- Tip – Before they go in the dehydrator use an all in one apple corer, peeler & slicer to make life easy!!
- Strawberry Halves – Slice off the tops, slice in half & dip in lemon juice to prevent browning. Dehydrate at 130 degrees F/55 degrees C for 8 hours. The strawberries halves tasted amazing, super sweet & would be perfect as a snack or with porridge or yoghurt!
- Banana Chips – Peel, slice & dip in lemon juice to prevent browning. Dehydrate at 130 degrees F/55 degrees C for 8-10 hours. I loved the banana chips, they are chewy and taste amazing. Don’t expect ‘hard’ chips though – you would have to deep fry them for that!!
- Tip – Use a banana slicer to get even sized pieces!
- Kale Crisps – I have already posted about how to kale crisps in the oven, but here is what you do for ‘dehydrated’ kale crisps! Using a whole bunch of kale peel off bite-sized leaf pieces from the stem, wash and dry (I used a paper towel). Mix together 2 tbsp oil with seasonings e.g. 1 tbsp paprika, 1 tsp salt and 1 tsp chilli flakes and pour over the kale, massaging the leaves with your hands until they are all coated. Dehydrate at 135 degrees F/57 degrees C for 3-4 hours or until crispy. I stored mine in an empty jar to keep them airtight!
And the “pièce de résistance” ….
- Fruit Leather Roll-Ups! These beauties taste like those ‘roll up sweets’ and are so easy to make.. simply blend your fruit until it becomes a ‘pourable pulp’ consistency – I used 1 mango and 3 strawberries (the strawberries made the consistency just perfect), then pour onto a drying sheet and spread out until 1/4 inch thick. Dehydrate at 46 degrees C/115 degrees F for 10 hours. Carefully peel off the drying sheet and cut into strips. Roll up with baking parchment and tie with string (optional!).
- Each Fruit Leather (x 7) provides: 22 calories, 0.1g fat, 5.9g carbs and 0.3g protein.
Do you have a dehydrator?! I would love to know what you make in it and can’t wait to start making ‘recipes’ in it too.. the ‘Raw Chocolate Cookies’ on Tribest’s website look AMAZING (click ‘recipes’ then ‘desserts’!).
**March/April 2014 Giveaway**
Tribest have been kind enough to offer you the chance to win a Tribest Sedona Dehydrator for yourself.. before you enter though please consider if you have the space for one. Ideally you need a large kitchen or utility room. The dimensions are; width: 19.7″, height: 14.6″ & depth: 17″.
To enter this giveaway all you have to do is:
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This giveaway will stay open for 3 weeks (from Saturday March 15th until Saturday April 5th 2014) and the winner will be picked at random using the widget. The winner’s name will be displayed within the widget and I will contact them directly to arrange delivery. Due to postal reasons this giveaway is open to UK residents only (so sorry!).
Thank you for your support & good luck!!
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