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Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Using a Food Dehydrator

Food dehydrators are great to use for preserving foods. They work by removing the moisture from the food, which allows it to last longer before it goes bad.

You can find many ideas online about foods that can be dehydrated. And some of those instructions will tell you to dry fruits until they are leathery, so what does that mean exactly?

To fruit until it is leathery means that your fruit should not be sticky to the touch. It should peel up from the plastic and maintain its shape. If it can do this, then it is dry.

When you are slicing your food to dry it, keep in mind that thinner slices dry more quickly. So be sure to keep your slices for drying as uniform as possible.

When you are done with your food drying for the season, you might just want to leave your dehydrator out, as it can also be used for proofing breads, making yogurt, cheeses, drying seeds, curing nuts, decrystalizing honey, and drying crafts.
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