We all know that dehydrated food has become extremely popular over the last few years and it seems like, on every step, we’re seeing people dehydrate their groceries left and right. If you still haven’t bought into the whole dehydrating movement, maybe that’s because you haven’t learned enough about it. Dehydrating food goes a lot further than just preserving some meats and making lemon wedges for cocktails and we’re going to show it to you. Here are some benefits of dehydrating food that you may not have known before.
1. Buy in Bulk – Don’t Waste Any of It
How many times have you seen an item that you enjoy eating regularly on a major sale and you wanted to buy a lot of it but you were worried it’s all going to go to waste? Too many times, right? Well, no more. You can preserve our fruits, veggies and meats for a long time without them losing any nutritional value whatsoever. Get them in bulk while they’re cheap and eat them for months to come.
2. You’ll Spend Less Time in The Grocery Store or At A Farmer’s Market
Shopping for groceries can be very time consuming, especially if you’re strict about what you eat and what you don’t eat. That’s why it’s not uncommon for people to spend a few hours browsing the farmer’s market or the supermarket aisles looking for that one particular item or perhaps a discount. Now, that might not seem like a big deal, but those hours add up rather quickly and if you do the math, you’ll realize just how much time you waste each year.
3. Forget About the Seasons
One thing that can keep you away from your favourite meals is the seasonal fruits and veggies. We all know that some fruits and veggies are available only during the year, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your favourite dishes any time you please. Buying the seasonal foods when they’re widely available and then dehydrating and storing them for later will allow you not only to enjoy the dishes you like at any time you please, but also save money because we all know how overpriced the seasonal fruits and veggies become when they’re not readily available.
4. It’s Faster Than Canning
As you probably know, canning the food is also a great way to preserve it. However, canning isn’t as simple and straightforward as dehydrating is. In addition to that, it’s time-consuming. You have to wash and sterilize the jars or cans before use and in some instances, you have to prepare a sauce that goes with the canned goods.
On the other hand, dehydrating requires nothing but washing and slicing up the foods. Once you do that, you just place them inside a dehydrator and let it do all the work. After it’s done, you just take out the tasty treats and store them accordingly. That leads us to our next point…
5. It Saves Space
Unlike some other popular food preserving methods, dehydrating food saves space. Since you’re removing the water from the food, you instantly make it a lot smaller, which means you can store it in the tiniest of spaces. Dried food can be stored in Ziploc bags, jars, plastic containers or vacuum-sealed bags. Either way, you’ll be able to store a lot more food in those containers than you would’ve been able to do if you were preserving it any other way.
6. You’ll Get More Fibre and Antioxidants in Your Diet
Dried foods, especially fruits, have a much higher concentration of fiber and antioxidants than regular, fresh fruit. That might seem like a myth, but we assure you that that’s not the case. They’re quite healthy and good for you because none of the nutrients nor vitamins are destroyed in the dehydrating process. So, if you grab some dried oranges or peaches instead of your regular snacks, you’ll do a service to your body.
7. You’ll Get to Enjoy Richer Flavours
Since these foods are stripped of water, they become quite more flavourful than usual. Now, some people enjoy eating their dried food just as it is; some prefer to rehydrate it, some let it absorb some distilled water and some steam it and so on. Even if you’re rehydrating it, you should still feel a mouthful of flavours and if you choose to consume it dry – you’re in for a culinary journey.
As you can see, there’s a lot more to dehydrating food than just preserving, as we’ve said in the beginning. If you hop aboard this dehy-train, we’re sure you’ll experience even more benefits and find out some new, exciting stuff that we haven’t shared with you today.