As a man who likes to keep fit and know what he puts into his system, I have been doing extensive research on the ways I can prepare my food so that it’s as nutritious and natural as possible.
This led to my stacking up on all the kitchen appliances we consider essential for a healthy lifestyle nowadays: blenders, juice extractors, rice cookers, you name it.
In doing so the comparatively large size of my kitchen helped, meaning that some of the utensils I possess take up considerable amount of space—something you need to keep in mind before doing a purchase of this sort. Another important question you should ask yourself is: Do I really need it?
I know people who buy something because it’s trendy or their friends got it and then have it collect dust in a cupboard for years.
If you have the extra cash and room, go for it, but I would advise against it.
We live in an overly consumerist world and we should start thinking a little more globally about our actions and their long-term effects on the environment.
That being said, I also own a dehydrator. I feel there is still confusion about what you can do with one and how it helps you in your pursuit of a balanced diet.
You could use it to dry bananas and sweet potatoes as a treat for your dog, knowing that there is no extra sugar.
If you are into herbs, then this would be a great way to dry and preserve them. You can dry mushrooms, tomatoes and other vegetables and store them in jars, where they could last long enough to add them to salads or spaghetti in the winter.
I use my dehydrator mostly for making beef jerky. I am a seasoned homemade jerky maker and as such I find the help of a dehydrator invaluable.
When I was looking at first getting a dehydrator I didn't really know which one to go for, so I ended up finding this dehydrator review website: http://www.food-dehydrator-reviews.com
Go check that website out of you need some helpful advice on which one to get.
When I choose meat for homemade jerky I select only the leanest cuts and remove all the visible fat.
Then I prepare brine to refrigerate the meat in. I place it in a zipper bag and squeeze out the air before sealing it.
After being in the fridge for 4-5 hours, I freeze the meat for 30 to 45 minutes, which helps me with the slicing.
When the strips are ready, I add spices and simply place them in the dehydrator in a single layer. I know that some people put the meat in a hot oven before they use the dehydrator.
The temperature in the oven is higher and it’s supposed to kill the bacteria. I personally don’t do that because I think it’s redundant if you trust the quality of the meat you’re using.
I do recommend dehydrators because they preserve vitamins, minerals and enzymes in your food while giving it a rich taste. They are relatively small, easy to use and store.
Also, they allow you to be creative and having fun while you cook makes for a better meal. Always.