FOOD DEHYDRATOR, YOUR FAMILY NEEDS ONE FOR OPTIMAL HEALTH
With today’s recession looming ever longer and no real end in sight, family’s food budgets are stretched to the max. We are all looking for cheaper sources for healthy food. The problem is, cheap and healthy are two goals that just do not seem to fit together in the marketplace, until now…enter stage right…the food dehydrator. Food dehydration has been around in one form or another for centuries. Due to the world wide economic meltdown food dehydrators are once again gaining popularity. The reasons vary from economics to a family friendly activity.
Stay tuned for future articles where we will talk about how to choose just the right food dehydrator for you and your family's needs. From box units to cylindrical column machines we will sort through and make sense of all the choices. In more upcoming articles we will also discuss the benefits, controversies and uses of health and wellness kitchen machines such as juicers, yogurt makers, blenders and even ice cream makers.
FOOD DEHYDRATOR, ESSENTIALS YOU MUST KNOW BEFORE PURCHASING
Food dehydration or food drying for preserving purposes has been around in one way or another for centuries if not millennia. Until the last hundred years the food drying process has been relegated to finding a flat, dry surface that happens to be in direct sunlight. You can only imagine the hazards involved with this outdoor process ranging from bug infestation to inclement weather. Fast forward around a hundred years later and what you have got in today’s marketplace is a healthy diversity of self contained, electronic food dryers or dehydrators. As you might guess, they are not all created equal and vary widely. This article is one of several that will walk you through some of these differences.
YOUR FOOD DEHYDRATOR EQUALS A FAMILY EXPERIENCE
This title may seem like a stretch of the imagination and at the very least a gross over statement but you will have to admit that today’s family is being challenged from a variety of angles. Not the least of these angles would simply be quality time spent together. Family budgets are stretched the max. School and school activities are taking increasing amounts of valuable family time. Mom and Dad have to work more hours in the day just to make ends meet and the family sit down dinner is a concept that seems to have disappeared with the Cleavers. With all of these challenges and more happening every day to America’s families what is a parent to do? This may sound incredibly simplistic but here is one answer to this dilemma…purchase a food dehydrator.
Never before in our country’s history have our children been so far removed from the origins of their food. A recent poll showed that more than 87% of today’s urban, American school children have never set foot on a farm. When asked where there milk came from over half of the kids polled said “the supermarket”. You will have to admit this is the rather pathetic outcome of our modern, urban, socio-economic family state. A home, kitchen food dehydrator can be an easy to use and very effective catalyst in this education gap. With a food dehydrator kids can have a literal, safe, hands-on experience with their food. This experience can undoubtedly open up a variety of other avenues to educate them about that specific food source that you may be working with. Food dehydration can be an inexpensive, visual in home or in classroom lesson on where our foods come from, how we get them and even how they, the kids themselves can prepare and eat them. By the way, the nutritional values of these foods that can be dried in a food dehydrator are without question far superior to much of the foods you will find in your supermarket. The various foods that can be dried in a modern food dehydrator range from fruits and vegetables to many different meat varieties.
Remember when we were kids and we played with our easy bake ovens or our creepy crawly ovens. We didn’t know it at the time but (maybe our parents did) we were learning to take a simple basic ingredient and transform it into an actual edible muffin or spider. These may have lacked nutritional quality and taste appeal but we didn’t care…we were creating and it was fun. This was an experience that we could share with our parents or the neighbor kids living around us. A food dehydrator can be a continuation of that experience. If you are fortunate enough to have a back yard garden, just think how satisfying it could be for you and your kids to take some of those garden goodies that they may have actually planted and turn them into great tasting snacks. You really don’t have to have a garden to experience this. Even if you have one tomato vine or a single mint plant growing somewhere around the house you can use your food dehydrator to transform this into a delicious, nutritious eating experience. Family time doesn’t have to be about trips to the mall or expensive theme parks. Quality family time, that is, the stuff your kids or grandkids will remember forever can be nothing more than creating tasty, nutritious memories with the help of your food dehydrator. These food dehydrators take up a minimal amount of kitchen counter space. They run at very low heat from 85 to 145 degrees therefore creating a very safe and low wattage cooking environment. Food prep may be as little as slicing the veggie or meat you are about to dehydrate and clean up can take no more than a minute or two.
One of the biggest complaints (if you could call it that) from back yard gardeners is that there is just too much. The bounty of their garden is more than they could ever eat themselves. This abundance is not unusual. It is more often than not, the norm. Once again, as a teaching tool for families and classrooms the food dehydrator could be used as a teaching catalyst to teach your kids how to give back to the less fortunate of society. Take a small portion of that garden’s abundance, from tomato slices to kale leaves (which can be dried into a delicious salted, crispy chip) and from apple slices to green pepper rings. All of these can be quickly, easily and cheaply dehydrated, put into a zip lock bag and given to your local Salvation Army or church food kitchen. This family teaching tool and giving experience can be priceless. Not to mention the appreciation and thankfulness of the organization you donate your box of healthy, dehydrated foods to.
Today’s modern family is facing a myriad of difficult obstacles which are forcing family members to spend more time apart. It is becoming much harder for our children to experience meaningful, creative, safe and inexpensive food cycle education. A food dehydrator just may be your most effective and wisest kitchen equipment purchase you could ever make. For the amount of money you will spend (most quality dehydrators are selling for between $100 to $175 dollars) the experiences and memories made can be priceless.
KITCHEN FOOD DEHYDRATORS –A HISTORY STEEPED IN PIRACY
FOOD DEHYDRATOR...WHO NEEDS ONE?
With today’s seemingly instant availability of food and with literally every modern home having a refrigerator and freezer for food storage, you may ask “who needs a food dehydrator?” You might say, “If I can dash up to the local grocery store at a moment’s notice and get all of my fruits, veggies, meats etc., why would I ever need to a food dehydrator to preserve my food?” My knee jerk response to this mentality is “who wouldn’t want a food dehydrator?” A modern food dehydrator can be one of the most versatile and wisest health and wellness equipment purchases you could make. But, it is a fair question…just who does need a food dehydrator? Lest talk about that for just a bit.
I absolutely believe, without a doubt that any family of two or more people who have any size of a vegetable garden should have a kitchen food dehydrator. If you have had any experience with a garden at any time of your life you know that the abundance of your harvest is always far more than your original planting. The planting of one tomato plant can reap a dozen or more tomatoes. Your family’s ability to eat all of your gardens harvest abundance is probably pretty slim. With a food dehydrator you have the ability preserve this produce for your family’s enjoyment over the next several months. Granted, your neighbors probably won’t like you owning this dehydrator since they won’t be getting near as much free goodies out of your garden.
Today’s average American student has never before in our nation’s history been so far removed from the origins of our food supply. As a teaching tool, a food dehydrator in the classroom just makes so much sense. It will provide your students with visual and real time, hands-on experience with their raw food. For a child to take a strawberry that was picked from a classroom garden plot, dehydrate it and then have it explode with taste in their mouth is an absolutely priceless teachable moment. Whether it is related to history, science or home economics the practical uses of a classroom food dehydrator can be one of the most effective and versatile teaching tools in your classroom.
A hunter’s best friend may be more than just his trusty hunting dog. Today’s hunter needs an additional best friend in the form of an equally trusty food dehydrator. After a successful hunting excursion a hunter needs an effective and timely way to preserve the fresh meat. To turn this meat into a tasty, seasoned piece of jerky can be the gastronomical highlight of the trip. A food dehydrator at the camp site or lodge will be one of the most heavily used pieces of camping equipment. Speaking of camping, whether you are a weekend camper, hiker or hardcore survivalist, what could be more needed than an inexpensive supply of healthy, finger food and snacks to eat on the trail or at the campsite? A food dehydrator will provide you with that healthy blast of good carbohydrates and proteins that your body will crave during these physically demanding events. These dried snacks will not require any form of preparation or elaborate preservation and will be extremely light weight and easy to pack. The eating of these snacks will not require any additional food preparation. Dehydrated food can literally be a highly nutritional power snacks that can fit in your backpack or pocket.
Food engineers have said that food dehydration may be one of the most effective forms of cost efficient food preservation techniques. Churches with a theological belief system based on end times survival or feeding impoverished world populations have listened very carefully to this research. Amassing a home or community storehouse of well preserved foods with the use of a home food dehydrator is front and center in many families spiritual and family lives. Other missionary families are recognizing the efficiency of a food dehydrator and incorporating it into the feeding of their indigenous followers. These are populations who may be suffering from lack of food due to famine, natural disaster or war torn atrocities. A food dehydrator is being recognized as the catalyst that can not only meet religious requirements but allow one person to effectively feed a multitude with healthy, preserved, nutritious food.
So, here is the question. Do you see yourself in any of these examples? Are you in a family of two or more folks who have any size garden? Are you a teacher or a member of a school system that is searching for creative, cheap and effective teaching tools? Are you an outdoor lover that needs that healthy, finger food snack? Are you the member of a church that requires you to preserve at least a year’s worth of food? Does your church support a missionary in the field who is trying to effectively feed the surrounding people in order to spread the message? If you see yourself in any of these examples then YOU are the one who needs a food dehydrator. From about $50.00 to $250.00 your one time purchase of a modern home food dehydrator will last for years. You food dehydrator will provide you years of service and quickly become that piece of kitchen equipment that you will wonder how you ever lived without.