Monday, March 8, 2010

Food Dehydrators for a Raw Food Diet

Tomato slices ready to be dried in a food dehy...Image via Wikipedia

Making dried fruit and fruit leathers isn’t hard and it doesn’t have to be expensive either. While some food processors and juicers can get really pricey, a dehydrator isn’t going to cost that much and it’s a lifesaver to have fruit leathers, dried fruit or fruit jerky on hand when you can’t get out to the store for fresh food.

When buying a dehydrator, some things to consider are the materials and construction used to manufacture the product, the size, heating elements, fans and guarantees. Make sure you have room for the dehydrator in the space you have planned for it. Look for one that’s multi-purpose, with multiple trays and special trays for fruits and herbs. A side-mounted or horizontal fan is best when choosing a food dehydrator.

Here are some food dehydrators to consider. But do a little research to find just the right one for you!

If you're looking for an 'entry level' type of dehydrator, you can't go wrong with the Nesco American Harvest – an inexpensive food dehydrator with five trays that don’t have to be rotated. Priced approximately $55-65

Or if you're serious and ready to invest a bit more, the Excalibur Dehydrator has over 12 square feet of drying space. Comes with 9 polycarbonate trays and has a horizontal fan for maximum drying efficiency. Fast drying times, no tray rotation needed and fast cleanup. Price approximately $200-$220.

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