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12-16-2010, 09:48 AM
I have this particular dehydrator and love it. My friend posed a question and I was not able to answer. He enjoys what I make, (crackers, etc.), but he questions why anyone would want to dehydrate fruits and vegetables by drying all the liquid out. He says it diminishes the nutritional value of the food. He is considering getting one but can't get past this concern. I like it for many reasons including the fact that it is still a live food when consumed, but I don't know how to answer this. I'd really appreciate some input on this. Thank You
12-16-2010, 10:40 AM
It's a way of putting away food for times when that fruit is not available; easier to travel with and, takes less space.
Our ancestors would can food therefore killing ALL the nutrients. Granted, drying fruit is not as optimal as eating it fresh and raw yet, sometimes, this may not be available so, drying is the next best thing.
Also, for other things.... good for transitional foods and heating them. I rarely use my "D" but, occasionally will make bunches of kale chips to share with others so they can taste options other than store bought chips and such.
12-16-2010, 10:51 AM
Of course fresher is always better, but drying can be a great way to preserve extras, as well as a great way to prepare certain foods. I wouldn't say I do a ton of food preparing in my D (cakes and brownies and crackers and such), but as a gardener and a general do-it-yourselfer I'm always using it one way or another. It's great for thawing, quick-drying, fermenting in some cases, and I enjoy the occasional raw bread as well.
I love my D and would find myself a little handicapped without her. She spoils me.
12-16-2010, 02:30 PM
Thank you Revvell & DopeRaw for your help. I will pass along this information. My friends are not raw, but they loved my crackers and chips . I do think it's a healthier alternative to canning.
12-16-2010, 02:44 PM
Fresh is best. All said above. Some yummies need a dehy to make!
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