Recently I have written a lot about my food dehydrator, about what I make and what I do with the machine that my friends almost thought I was obsessed with it. But in the other side, I also received a lot of questions whether food dehydrator can be that useful? Or something relevant. Thus, I thought I would share (again) other voted-by-my-family recipes, with the hope that they will truly inspire any of you who reads this post, to create your own signature for your beloved. However, to make it more interesting, this time, I want to introduce different kinds of foods I can make with my ‘magical’ food making machine.
Vegetable And Fruit
Let’s start with my mother’s favorite food: Vegetable and Fruit. These kinds of food are best served when they are freshly picked from our little garden, but it is really not easy at all to keep them in a long time but retain the vitamins and initial flavor, especially with bruised fruit like strawberry or tomato. In normal condition, fresh vegetable will be withered very quickly, even you keep it on fridge. Fortunately, these problems can be solved with Dehydrator machine easily; all kind of vegetable or fruit after dehydrate at temperature of 50 to 60 degrees Celsius will be dried appropriately with no moisture, can be keep them for a long time but also reduce the decrease of nutrients by the time.
Meat And Fish
Mentioning about Meat and Fish, they can be cooked alternatively, dry fresh meat to make jerky, dry your cooked meet in the lunch for other dish in the next day. Dried meat is very addicted, you can discover many way to use this kid of food to make a delicious disk. I like to mix fresh steak with a lot of spices, after drying it can be used immediately as a very delicious snack. My husband usually eats a ton of it with beer when watching football on TV. The meat used for drying should be lean because the fat on meat will be rotten very quickly, you should use flank steak or pork. The fresh meat can be dehydrated for jerk, and the after cooking meat can be dried for the stewing dish or making sauce of pasta. Fish is not recommended in this case, it contain a lot of water and the flavor of dehydrated fish is not good. Beef, pork after drying can be used for a month in normal condition, if you keep them in fridge, the used time can be 6 month long. When you dry meat or fish in Dehydrator machine, remember to select the highest temperature mode, different from fruit and vegetable, nutrients in meat do not decreased by the high temperature much. Dehydrate in high temperature helps decimating the bacteria in meat; it’s more important when dry fresh meat. The meat or should be dried to be tough, but do not over dry it, in order to keep the flavor and vitamins.
Tea or other Herbal Drink
Then if you like Tea or other Herbal Drink, Dehydrator machine can help you make it by yourself from fresh plants or flower. Moreover, there are plenty of uses can be found, for food use, in craft, with any kind of plants or flowers. Dried flower is very a fascinated decoration, Dehydrator machine is especially useful if you often make postcard, decorate presents or Christmas tree. In order to keep flower in the best quality and color, you should use desiccant during the drying process. Desiccant will absorb the water from the flower quickly to dehydrate faster and reserve its shape including leaves and petals. Plants and flowers should be fresh, it’s best to dehydrate them immediately after harvested. The aromatic oils from the plant are affected by the temperature significantly. Therefore, if you want to keep the aromas of plants, remember to keep the temperature of 20 to 30 degrees Celsius during the process. Dehydrated process usually lasts for 1 to 2 hours.
And Many Other Kinds Of Food
I recognized the fact that the more time I use this machine, the more things I discover to do with it. It becomes my favorite device in my kitchen , there are many useful things you can’t do with other device. You can dry to keep everything for a long time, I often dehydrate pasta sauce to be powder and keep on the fridge, when I need to use it, mix sauce-powder with boiling water, done! I already have my pasta sauce made by myself in 30 seconds. Another thing you can do with this magical machine is make every food into powder, just dry them to be tough and grind. You can make vegetable, banana, apple, strawberry powder by yourself; I would like to blend banana powder with flour and use it to bake banana cupcake, and its flavor is amazing delicious. Dehydrator machine is a present for every people who like cooking! With this machine, cooking becomes easier and quicker, even with people do not have much time.
To conclude, do not feel overwhelmed with what you have read, it because I love this machine a lot and use it almost daily, so I always try to find what can I make to renew my recipes. Hence, just think it as a reference to help you to answer your own question why I called it a magical machine. Personally, I can assure it will be useful for every people who enjoy preparing meal at home. I admit the fact that this machine has changed my cooking habit and made it more fun and easy. Of course it requires a lot of time for the process to make a dish, but you do not have to watch the whole cooking process as the machine will take care for you. What I recommend you is to make a schedule about other tasks (maybe housework) you need to finish by the time you wait for your foods. I personally find it a bit annoying at first, but after that, it is very helpful! As my life even began to be more organized!