Make your Raw Food Diet Delicious with a Food Drier
Do you find that a raw food diet can be a little harsh on your stomach and somewhat of a dull idea? Maybe you want the benefits of a raw food diet but sometimes you might feel like the idea of eating "rabbit food" is boring and plain unnatural! If you want that comfortable food feeling from your raw food, there's a chance a dehydrator or food drier might solve your problem...
What is a Dehydrator / Food Drier?
A dehydrator / food drier is a kitchen appliance that uses low temperatures and a fan to dry food. It essentially removes the water from food, but keeps the enzymes of your raw food perfect. Dehydrated foods have a nice "cooked" texture and can act as a comfort food aswell as being a raw 'super' food. Dried food made in a food drier is a concentrated food, which means it's full of flavour and nutrition so it can really add some sustenance aswell as flavour to raw food dishes. It's quick and easy to make dehydrated foods, when made at home you are guaranteed to have an all-natural product and you can add dehydrated foods to what can otherwise be dull or uninteresting dishes.
History of Food Drying Methods
Historically in olden times, food dehydration was done out of the house by storing whole or sliced foods in the sun.
More refined solar dehydration appliances have been since created, such as a gauze-covered wall-less box with selected open areas to allow weather protection of the food during the dehydration process, while utilizing the natural movement of air and solar heat to extract water from the foods. These innovative methods create irregular results with food products.
Modern dehydrators are much more predictable, because they have a consistent power source and temperature for dehydrating. Compared to solar dehydrators, electric dehydrators more evenly circulate the warm air.
The Horizontal Drying System
Horizontal air flow is a trademark of quality and food safety: the Arizona’s fan is located at the back of the unit, ensuring even and thorough drying. Horizontal and consistent air flow ensures food is dried safely inside and out, without risk of shape or organism developing in irregularly dried production.
Uses of a Food Drier
Generally dehydrated fruits include cranberries,apricots,apples, bananas, plums,cherries pineapple and grapes.
Dried fruit can be added to cereals, breads or trail mixes.
Commonly dehydrated vegetables include root vegetables, mushrooms, tomatoes, chilies, potatoes,peppers,and herbs.
Dried vegetables can be used in soups or snacks. Dried foods made in a home dehydrator are free of artificial ingredients which is another bonus to drying your own foods.
RAW KALE CHIP RECIPE
1 Bunch Kale
Juice of Half a Lemon
Pinch of Cumin
Wash the kale and then cut it into 3 inch long strips. Keep in mind that these chips will get smaller as they dehydrate.
Put the sliced kale in a large bowl and add the olive oil, sea salt, diced garlic, lemon juice, and cumin, all to taste.
Get your hands in there and massage the ingredients into the kale.
Wait for 10 to 20 minutes: the kale leaves should have shrunk a little bit.
Now place your marinated kale on a dehydrator tray and turn the dehydrator on to dry for about 7 to 8 hours at 45 degrees Celcius.
You’ll be crunching these awesome kale chips so fast you’ll need to make a second batch! Be sure to experiment with different spices and mimic your favorite chips.
How to Make Dehydrated Cherries...
Wash the cherries well in cool water and remove the stems.
This is much easier with a cherry pitter, which leaves the cherries whole, or you can cut them in half with a paring knife, and remove the pits.
Pat the cherries dry with paper towel.
Once dried, place the cherries, cut side up on the solid sheet in your Food Dehydrator. Make sure they are not touching.
In the dehydrator, preheat to 74 c degrees, for about 3 hours, or until the tops look leathery and wrinkled.
Then reduce heat to 135, for about 16-24 hours.
You can tell the cherries are done, when they start to look similar to raisins.
They should be hard, but still pliable, a little bit sticky, and when you squeeze them, no liquid should come out.
If you would like to dry your cherries in the sun, it's almost the same procedure.
Place the patted dry cherries on trays, and cover them with cheesecloth. Also, it is a good idea to put the trays on top of something, so they're not on the ground.