View Full Version : Electricity and Dehydrators
12-30-2008, 04:38 AM
I'm new here, so maybe this has been discussed before (though I couldn't find it).
The recipes I see use food dehydrators a lot. And often in these recipes they are left running for hours and hours (often overnight). Isn't that a lot of energy?
I ask for 2 reasons. The first is that I am looking for an environmentally friendly way of living - and using copious amounts of electricity would surely offset and ecological benefit. The second is that where I live electricity is VERY expensive (and a lot of people run on wind and solar)... so running something overnight is not really an option.
I'd appreciate hearing people's views on this and finding a solution that will let me make some of the raw recipes.
12-30-2008, 05:45 AM
You can be RAW without using a Dehydrator. You can eat Simple Fresh Whole Foods, you can choose Recipes that do not call for Dehydration or you can use My Grandmother's Dehydrator.........THE SUN.
12-30-2008, 06:09 AM
yes-that's what I was thinking. You can get dehydrators that are made esp for hanging out in the sun. Of maybe retro fit your dehydrator with a solar powered battery of sorts?
12-30-2008, 07:48 AM
I've been raw for a year without a dehydrator and I'm doing just fine. I like my foods with the fresh, living juice still in them.
12-30-2008, 08:05 AM
Dehydrators are fans that heat the air 5-20 degrees, it isn't that much electricity.
12-30-2008, 09:13 AM
Hey phileuro, welcome :)I'm raw since 2003, haven't used a dehydrator and am not planning to: enjoy the juicy food :D Take care, Eva
12-30-2008, 09:25 AM
Nobody every asks, "doesn't it cost too much to cook and bake with a stove?". I put a slab of butcherblock counter on my stove to get more work surface. The first month I went from cooking to dehydrating, I couldn't tell a difference in my electric bill. I never cooked very much, so it's not like I am comparing some dehydrating with a lot of cooking. Actually, in September when tomatoes were ripe along with peppers and all sorts of other goodies, my dehydrator hardly stopped. As Jurence said, it's a fan and a very small heating element. I have a 5-tray Excalibur, but I don't think the 9 tray uses any more power. If you are in a Southern area, I agree to let the sun do the work. Google "sun drying" and I'm sure you can come up with instructions on how to construct screens.
12-30-2008, 09:33 AM
ckeck this link of the Rawkin radio: Revvell asks Jinjee what she thinks about dehydrated food. Here it comes:
12-31-2008, 06:12 AM
Good answers guys - I guess that I could just skip anything that needs dehydrating (I have just seen a lot of cracker/crust type recipes that mention it).
EmmaT: actually, here, we DO ask about the cost of baking. A lot of people have solar cookers and that does work great (we get 300 days of sunshine) but recently we've hit a rainy patch with no good sun for days... which means no cooking!
Thanks again guys
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