So I’ve had my dehydrator for about a month now and I have to say there have been some pretty interesting results!
- because items are dehydrated at low temperatures they are still considered raw (if they went into the dehydrator that way to begin with) and maintain their nutritional value
- you can add some nice flavours to nuts (ie; tamari, garlic, chili flakes, honey) and they’re still nutritious
- raisins and cranberries (I made sure that I blanched them in water to burst their skins before dehydrating) are a lot cheaper if you do them yourself
- kale chips are amazing and much cheaper to make as well (they are however so delicious you may find yourself eating a whole head of kale in one night while watching a good movie!)
- dehydrating is a great way to have fresh herbs on hand, I find now that I dehydrate and store them I no longer have to discard wilted refrigerated herbs
- dehydrated kiwis are delicious!
Not so good things:
- dehydrated chicken livers for dog snacks really stink! (but dogs go cuckoo for them)
- dehydrating can take ages, so time accordingly, I’ve had things in my dehydrator for days (ie; cranberries)
- dehydrators are big and take up a lot of room
My dehydrator is from Lee Valley Tools on King St. between Spadina and Bathurst and cost $60.
It’s a pretty good entry level dehydrator to determine if it’s something you want to continue to do without spending the money to purchase an Excalibur.