Dehydrating is a natural process by which we preserve foods. Blowing hot dry air over certain foods will dehydrate and remove the moist out of the food product, leaving the preserved enzymes, vitamins, and minerals intact, to be used at a later time.

A few reasons one should add dehydrating to one’s life style

  1. Soaking and drying of grains and nuts deactivate enzyme inhibitors.

“Whole grains also contain enzyme inhibitors that can interfere with digestion. Traditional societies usually soak and ferment their grains before eating them, processes that neutralize phytates and enzyme inhibitors …”P25, NOURISING TRADITIONS, Sally Fallon

  • To store and preserve a food source that is in abundance at a given time, especially home grown vine ripened fruits,thus not spoiling excess foods..
  • To produce unleavened dried bread crackers or sticks.

Typical foods that could be dehydrated:

  • Figs
  • Berries
  • Most vegetables
  • Apricots, peaches
  • Mushrooms
  • Tomatoes
  • Cherries
  • Nuts
  • Grains
  • Mango’s etc.

Important Dehydrating considerations:

1. Mould

If any moisture remains, store these foods in the freezer and/or refrigerator to prevent mould.

2. Temperature

Ensure that your selected dehydrator have accurate temperature control. Always select a temperature below 43 deg C (113deg F), to prevent enzyme loss during dying.

3. Timer

It is always useful for the experienced healthy-living individual to plan ahead. If past dehydrating records have been kept, and one is familiar with drying times of different foods, one can accurately estimate and set the dehydrating time to complete dehydration and not waste unnecessary power.

4. Vacuum packed – Storage

To keep valuable dehydrated foods tasty and nutritious for even longer, this modern process is of real value. Having said all that, there is a healthy, very economical alternative to conventional dehydrating, and that is the SUN! A fantastic cost saving option. A good oven with an accurate and proper temperature control could also serve the same purpose.


    



 

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