Dehydrating at Home is a practical guide to transforming perishable fruits, vegetables, meats, as well as nuts, seeds, herbs and spices into a pantry of nutritional wonders with a long shelf life. The book takes readers through the entire process for each type of dehydrating with delicious recipes and handy hints and tips. Practical step-by-step instructions ensure that dehydrations are perfect the first time and every time, and invative flavor combinations will inspire dehydrated delicacies. The book gives experienced advice on all aspects of food dehydrating, including:
The advantages of dehydrating at home
How a food dehydrator works its magic while preventing bacteria growth
Notes on food safety and retaining favor and color
Foods best suited to dehydration
Variables that affect drying time, such as humidity, food thickness, fat and sugar content
Preparing food for dehydration
How to prevent unwanted browning of fruits
How to purchase and maintain a dehydrator, plus the best accessories.
Seven chapters cover all foods that can be dehydrated:
Fruits -- Quick and easy recipes include Double-Dehydrated Coconut Bananas, Apple Pie Cookies, Watermelon Chips with Lime
Vegetables -- Savory snacks and recipes for preserving a harvest include Kale Chips, Maple-Dipped Fiddleheads, Garlic Zucchini Chips, Honey Orange Beet Chips, Jalapes
Leathers -- Roll Ups that children (and adults) will love include Strawberry and Apple, Blueberry with Lemon Curd, Polka Dot Fruit
Jerky -- Easy recipes for meat, poultry, and fish jerky include Classic Beef, Teriyaki Beef, Turkey, Smoked Salmon, Chinese Pork
Nuts and Seeds -- Delicious high-protein snacks full of healthy fats include Cajun Pecans, Tamari Almonds, Flaxseed Crackers
Herbs and Seasonings -- Delicious, long-lasting ingredients for aromatic additions to every meal include Herbs (Parsley, Chives, Thyme, etc.), Vegetable Powders, Ginger, Hot Chili Flakes
Pet Treats -- The easy ways to watch the health of a pet include Sweet Potato Treats, Chicken Treats, Salmon Skin Nip.
Dehydrating At Home is the ideal reference for cooks with beginning and extensive dehydrating experience alike.
Michelle Keogh is an author, chef, recipe developer, and food stylist from Australia. She has over twenty years experience as a chef, seven of which have been spent writing recipes and styling food for various publishers and advertising, and food packaging clients. Karielyn Tillman is the creator of The Healthy Family and Home website where her focus is on simple recipes, using real food and clean ingredients.