Chef & Divine Nathome Home Use Food Dehydrator
- Temperature controls for 40 - 75 degree celsius
- Extra big capacity with 5 levels of food for dehydration
- Make your own healthy snacks with no preservatives and no chemicals
- Dehydrate fruits, vegetables, meat and herbs for longer storage
- Suitable for people on raw food diet, for pets, for little teething children
- Home-made healthy meat jerky for pets
- Low noise
- Food grade
A food dehydrator delivers the vast majority of foods with the same vitamins and minerals as their fresh counterparts, in a remarkable array of concentrated flavors, nutrients and enzymes. According to the Energise for Life website, "The dehydration process retains almost 100% of the nutritional content of the food, retains the alkalinity of fresh produce and actually inhibits the growth of microforms such as bacteria."
Benefits of dehydrating food includes
Dehydation produces basically the same food with about 75 percent of its moisture removed. The only threat to deterioration is the remaining moisture. When dehydrating food, it is better to over-dry than under-dry. Once dehydrated, food is best preserved further when packed inside airtight moisture-proof jars, vacuum sealed bags or containers. Dehydrated food should be stored in a cool, dark area such as a pantry or cupboard. According to the Department of Nutrition, Dietetics and Food Science at Brigham Young University, rice, corn, wheat and grains that have been properly dehydrated, canned and stored can last 30 years or more. Dehydrated vegetables, fruits, and pastas have a shelf life of up to 30 years. Powdered milks or milk substitutes can last up to 20 years.
According to the Living Journal, "Living foods are uncooked foods," and "dehydrating food dates back to Biblical times when it was a necessity." Modern dehydrators produce a thin food material with its vitamins and minerals still present. Dried vegetables and sprouts, naturally low in "high-cholesterol" fats, are high in fiber. Almost no Vitamin C is lost in dehydration, and all Vitamin A, Beta Carotene, in plant foods is retained. Minerals such as selenium, potassium and magnesium are preserved. Many supporters of the raw foods diet still use dehydrated foods as main food sources due to the rich concentration of nutrition and enzymes.
Cost savings & Convenience
Dried foods can be rather pricey in a store. A food dehydrator enables you to preserve fresh, nutritious foods in your own home at a fraction of the cost. The shelf lives of dehydrated foods can be decades long. Add your favourite nuts to dehydrated apples, pineapples, grapes, or cranberries for a tasty and healthy trail mix. Make genuine meat jerky from beef, poultry and pork. Banana chips are examples of what can be made by dehydrating to 3-5 percent moisture content. It's usually a good idea to soak dehydrated foods prior to consumption, preferably in distilled water. This promotes the absorption of just enough water for optimal taste. Another popular method is placing dehydrated food in a steamer. Absorbing steam plumps it up beautifully.
In recent times, dehydrators have been popularly used to made DIY pet meat jerkys as commercial ones can be very costly and contains more salt and preservatives than desired for pets' health.
26 x 24 x 22 cm