Prepping: Ten ways to use your dehydrator
My girls love to snack. So many of the snack foods at the market are either so full of toxic ingredients, preservatives or GMO’s and they are packaged in plastic or they are Organic and ridiculously expensive. As my family goes more ‘Off the Grid’ I try to find more ways to make and store my own healthy organic treats. They love dried fruit, veggies and jerky and all you need is a dehydrator to make them. As we relinquish our need for electricity we will start only using a Solar Dehydrator. Food Dehydrators are so awesome to have in your kitchen. There are so many healthy treats you can make for your family. The dehydrator allows the food to retain 100 % of its nutritional value of vitamins, enzymes and nutrients. This is a great way to store extra food for long periods of time.
1. Dried Fruit ~ such as apples, bananas, mangos, pineapples, berries, raisins
2. Dried Veggies ~ such as Kale Chips, carrot chips, green beans,
3. Crispy Nuts and Seeds ~ Soaking and drying nuts and seeds reduces phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors which can prevent absorption of nutrients. Many nuts soaked for 12-24 hours until nice and crispy. Soaking them until you see a sprout growing increases the nutritional value and the seeds and nuts oven taste better. Ex. Sprouted Sunflower seeds, Walnuts, sprouted Almonds, etc.
4. Sprouted Flour ~ Make you very own Sprouted flour by sprouting grain kernels and drying them at a low temperature prior to be ground into flour.
5. Jerky/South African Biltong ~ Slice the meat to your liking and place on trays. If using ground meat, I recommend using non-stick sheets or unbleached parchment paper. You can also make jerky out of tofu and
even Kombucha SCOBYs!
6. Fruit Leather ~ I recommend using some sort of non-stick sheet to make
re-moving the fruit leather easier. Simply spread purreed fruit onto sheets on the dehydrator tray.
7. Granola ~ Make yummy soaked then sprouted granola with your
dehydrator. You can use any seed or nut like almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, Recipe to come.
8. Tempeh ~ Tempeh is a traditional Indonesian food made from fermented soybeans which binds the soy beans into a cake like form. It is a good source of protein, fiber and vitamins.
9. Natto ~ Natto is a traditional Japanese food made from fermented
soybeans. It is a rich source of protein, K2 and beneficial bacteria. It must be fermented at 100 degrees F for 22-24 hours.
10.Pemmican ~ Pemmican is a traditional food often made by Native Americans. It normally consists of ground meat, animal fat (such as tallow), dried fruit and salt.
(Source: Earthiemama.com; June 15, 2015; http://tinyurl.com/ndglqxr)