Drying Foods at
Home: Everything You Need to Know about Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried
Foods, Complete Guide
Publishing Group, Inc.
Soft cover, 288
pages, published 2012
By: Terri Paajanen
dehydration is not just for prunes and raisins any more; a recent U.S. study
revealed that the dried and dehydrated food industry made more than $6 billion
in revenue in 2009 alone. Thanks to advances in technology, dehydrating foods
at home has become easier than ever, allowing you to lock in food s nutritional
value while eliminating the water content that causes foods to grow bacteria
and mold. Drying foods also gives you a source of raw, nutrient-rich food that
is easily available and requires no additional preparation.
Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home provides you with all the information
necessary for drying fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, grains, and even dairy
products. This book will provide you with instructions on how to dry foods
using a food dehydrator and will also offer you simpler alternatives for how to
dehydrate foods using an oven, microwave, or even the sun. You will learn what
equipment you need to get started and how to properly store your food to ensure
optimal freshness. This book also provides you with recipes for any meal of the
day, whether you are looking for an easy breakfast alternative or a quick soup
you can prepare for lunch. You will even learn how to prepare foods for young
children and pets. Drying your foods will not only provide you with timesaving
options for ways to prepare your meals, it will also allow you to reduce the
amount of food you throw out each month. Researchers at the University of
Arizona found that the average family wastes 14 percent of their food
purchases; learning how to dehydrate and store dry foods can ensure the money
you spend on groceries will not be thrown out with the trash. We have spent
hundreds of hours interviewing dozens of experts who will provide you with all
the information you need to start dehydrating your foods. We ve spoken with
nutritionists and busy parents who advocate drying foods as a way to save time
and still prepare healthy meals.
book is filled with delicious recipes and practical tips to help you and your
family enjoy the economic and health benefits that dehydrated foods offer.
Whether you are looking for money-saving dinner options or a quick recipe for a
high-protein trail mix, The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home offers you
all the information you need to start cooking and eating smarter.