A brief introduction to food dehydrators…
Did you know that you can dehydrate everything from fruit, vegetables, and beef jerky to eggs and milk?! Yep – eggs and milk can be dehydrated as well.
Many people don’t know this… In fact, many people don’t even realize all the benefits of food dehydration. They think spending a couple of bucks on a food dehydrator is a waste of money… Well, let’s have a look at this equation for a second:
Dehydration = Preserving food = Saving Money
Food dehydrators extract the moisture from the food and thereby eliminate the very cause of food decay. This way you can store your food for months and re-use it anytime you wish. Why throw away all the good food that you can’t eat right away? Dehydrate it!
PROS & CONS
Let’s discuss the advantages and disadvantages.
The first thing you’ll notice is its attractive visual appearance. Now, I’m not saying you should form your opinion based on appearance (can’t judge a book by its cover), but this is certainly a big plus. It’s also very rare to find a good looking food dehydrator; most of them are just plain ugly.
It is equipped with a powerful 525W top-mounted fan. This is also an advantage compared to the bottom-fan dehydrators. It is a good idea to keep the fan on top to prevent the potential damage of food juices that drip off the trays of the dehydrator.
There are 5 food trays included and they are all separately sealed so you can dehydrate fruit and vegetables in one tray and beef jerky in another, and the flavors won’t mix. When it’s time for cleaning, you can easily remove the trays and safely put them in your dishwasher (remember not to set too high temperature to avoid damage).
It has a temperature setting feature where you can manually adjust the temperature to either low, medium or high (depending on the food you’re drying and how fast you want it done). This was you can regulate both the pace and the intensity of the dehydration process. If you’re like me, you still want to check on your food every now and then. This is why it has a clear-view cover that enables you to peak through and watch the food while it’s drying.
There are some possible improvements to be made though… For example, it would be really nice if you could set the exact temperature of drying instead of having to choose between the 3 default levels. Also, an integrated timer would be nice so you could simply ‘set it and forget it’… However, considering the price and the power of this dehydrator, these minor flaws shouldn’t bother anyone…
Upon purchasing, you will also get a small booklet to help you along, and a rock-solid 5 year warranty.