5 Delicious Recipes Using A Food Dehydrator

Food preservation is an essential routine that ultimately saves some pennies and reduces food wastage. One of the most longstanding techniques of preserving foodstuffs is by drying. When food is divested of its moisture content, it does not go bad quickly. A food dehydrator achieves that therefore offering various benefits. Despite the common conviction in most people that food from a dehydrator is not yummy, that will be objected by these delicious recipes provided in this article. Therefore, it is time to get your food in that small food dehydrator you have neglected for a while and take pleasure in these recipes.

  1. Eggplant Bacon

Eggplants, often considered as a vegetable, usually contain abundant nutrients. It has a copious amount of minerals and vitamins, and it is also rich in fibers. Dehydrating eggplant could enhance the palate. While preparing dehydrated eggplant bacon, the following are the required ingredients:

– A medium-sized eggplant (s)

– Lime juice, 1 cup

– Black pepper, ½ cup

– Apple cedar vinegar, ¼ cup

– Maple syrup, ¼ cup

– Bragg’s Amino liquid, ¼ cup

– Chili powder, two teaspoons

– Garlic powder, one teaspoon

– Smoked paprika, ½ teaspoon

– Olive oil, one tablespoon

Procedure

  • Slice the eggplant into small bacon-like slivers
  • Add the ingredients in a bowl and whirl them for proper mixing; The dish should be sizeable enough to allow for dipping of the eggplant slices
  • Immerse the slices in the mixture and let it thoroughly coat all the slices. Place them in a plate to allow them to dowse for a while, say like 30 minutes.
  • Put the slices in the dehydrator tray and then into the dehydrator. Let them dehydrate for about an hour or two at about 55o Celsius.
  • After that, overturn the slices and return them to dehydrate at about 45o Celsius for 8 hours or more until they attain the crispiness you would fancy
  1. Raw onion rings

Onion rings are spicy if prepared appropriately as they offer a whole new level of snacks. Here is a recipe for preparing dehydrated curried onion rings; these are the ingredients you need:

– 1 or more large, round onions

– Ground cumin, two tablespoons

– Himalayan pink salt, ½ tablespoon

– Cayenne pepper, ½ tablespoon

– Chili powder, four tablespoons

– Coconut or almond milk, ½ cup

– Raw cashew nuts, 1 cup

– Mesquite flour, 1 cup

Procedure

  • Put mesquite flour and coconut milk in different bowls which are large enough to allow dipping of the onion rings
  • Dip the onion rings in the flour bowl until it covers the entire surface. Even if not much of the flour will stick on the rings, it gives adherence to the other ingredients
  • Dip the rings in the coconut or almond milk and then remove them using a fork or chopsticks
  • Combine all other ingredients in a bowl, crushing the cashew nuts into fine particles and mix them properly
  • Place the rings in the dehydrator for 1 hour at 60o C and then reduce to 45O C for about 16 hours
  1. Strawberry fruit leather

Here are the ingredients needed for the preparation of dehydrated strawberry fruit.

– Shucked strawberries, one or more cups

– Chia seeds, one tablespoon

– Lemon juice, ¼ cup

– Stevia, ¼ tablespoon

Procedure

  • Put all the ingredients, including the hulled strawberries, in a blender. Add a little stevia to add sugariness and blend them.
  • Pour on a tray that has a laid specific material like a parchment or leather sheet
  • Put it in the dehydrator for 6 hours at 70o Celsius; the ultimate resultant material is sticky but not to your hands
  1. Peanut-butter banana chips

Ingredients

– 5 or more bananas

– Peanut butter, ½ cup

Procedure

  • Slice the bananas into small round pieces and peel them off
  • Put the banana pieces in a bowl together with the peanut butter, mix them well to ensure that the bananas are coated with the butter
  • Place them on the tray and then into the dehydrator
  • Let it dehydrate for 8 hours at 70o C then remove them for consumption or storage
  1. Macaroons

Ingredients

– Grounded coconut, 3 cups

– Sea salt, ¼ teaspoon

– Maple syrup, 1 cup

– Vanilla extract, two teaspoons

Procedure

  • Blend the grounded coconut into a smooth cream
  • Mix the cream with the other ingredients and stir until properly mixed
  • Pour the mixture onto a dehydrator screen for 24 hours at 45o Celsius. You can extend it to up to 36 hours depending on the texture you desire

Conclusion

Food dehydrator does not only add palate but also provide a means of preservation. It is not clear how long dehydrated food can last before getting putrefied, but if you put it in an airtight container, it can last for up to several days.