Food dehydrators can be used to preserve meats and vegetables, especially when you have limited freezer space and are worried about using canning methods because of the dangers of botulism and other food-borne illnesses from improper preservation. And you probably also know that dehydrators can be used on fruits, although many only do so for making desserts or other fruit dishes.
Have you ever considered that food dehydrators can be used to make healthy snacks? After all, what are great treats such as raisins, shreds of coconut and other items used in trail mix, and other snack foods except dehydrated fruits? In addition, some potato chip products are made using dehydrated potatoes.
By using a food dehydrator, you can buy large quantities of grapes, plums, and other fruits when they are in season or a store is offering a good buy on them. Then, when you dry fruit for later use in desserts and other dishes, you only need to throw a few more slices on the dehydrator tray and put them aside for adding to snack bags.
You can even dehydrate lean cuts of meat, especially if your kids like things such as jerky or other dried meat products. By making your own, you can control the amount of salt and other seasonings that are used so that the resulting product is more healthy.
When you use a dehydrator to make healthy snacks, you save money. Anyone who has priced snack food lately knows that prices can be outrageous, and unfortunately, many processed snack foods just aren’t that healthy. By making snacks yourself using dehydrated foods, you can make sure your children are eating the things they should without having to sacrifice sweetness, crunchiness, and all the other elements that make snacks so enjoyable. And, of course, that will make everyone in the family happy.