Drying foods is one of the oldest and safest ways to preserve food. And while that often conjures up images of tough beef jerky; there are more gourmet dried foods appearing in fancy restaurants these days, such as "sun-dried" tomatoes!
A food dehydrator is a small electrical appliance for drying foods indoors. A food dehydrator has an electric element, similar to a a hair dryer) for heat and a fan and vents for air circulation. Dehydrators are efficiently designed to dry foods fast at 140ºF.
Costs vary depending on features, from a low of about £35 to a high of £200. Most models are expandable and you can purchase additional trays later. Twelve square feet of drying space dries about a half-bushel of produce. The major disadvantage ofmany dehydrators is their limited capacity.
There are two basic designs for dehydrators. One has horizontal air flow and the other has vertical air flow. In the units with horizontal flow, the heating element and fan are located on the side of the unit. The major advantages of horizontal flow are: it reduces flavor mixture so several different foods can be dried at one time; all trays receive equal heat penetration. Vertical air flow dehydrators have the heating element and fan located at the base, which is normally on the top, so that liquids will not drip into the electric components. If different foods are dried, flavors can mix.
Here are a variety of food dehydrators, at the best prices I could find. Scroll down this page for photos, descriptions, prices and ordering information. For more information about drying food see our directions here and this pdf file from UGA. Also, see this page for Canners (all types).
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Aroma Food Dehydrator
|Won’t overheat||Five reversible, rotating stackable trays||One roll-up sheet for fruit leathers||One drying screen||Instructional cookbook|
Well, it's inexpensive, but since the temperature is not adjustable, I'd recommend one of the ones below if you can afford them.
About £60 to £65 (click links at left for current price or more information)
About £65 to £70 (click links at left for current price or more information)
Blake: I think this one is the best value!
About £130 (click links at left for current price or more information)
About £180 (click links at left for current price or more information)
OK, this is the professional model. If you plan to do a lot of drying, this the the creme de la creme!
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This is THE book on canning! My grandmother used this book when I was a child. It tells you in simple instructions how to can almost anything; complete with recipes for jam, jellies, pickles, sauces, canning vegetables, meats, etc. If it can be canned, this book likely tells you how! Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
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by United States Dept. of AgriculturePractical, easy-to-follow guide contains virtually everything consumers need to know about home canning: how to select, prepare, and can fruits, vegetables, poultry, red meats and seafoods; how to preserve fruit spreads, fermented foods and pickled vegetables; how to prepare foods for special diets, and much more. Also includes scores of simply written recipes that even beginners can handle (smoked fish, turkey-tamale pie, chicken croquettes, more. It's the second book to get, after the Ball Guide. Click on the link below for more information and / or to buy (no obligation to buy)
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