Dehydrator basics, behold the healthy delicious possibilities
Fresh vs Powder
-With fresh foods, there is moisture, which is an oxidant.
-If you pick a fruit such as an apple from the tree and don’t eat it right away the apple oxides. The apple will appear moldy and this is due to oxidation.
-If you cut the fruit into slices, place them in the dehydrator, after a few hours in the dehydrator the fruit will be ready and will last for a few weeks to months afterward.
-Nutritional value when using the dehydrator isn’t lost.
-Normally, if food is off the shelf, food will lose their nutritional value.
-Having dehydrated food is good for
-traveling on the road for hours at a time
-quick snacks for lounging at home or just for a quick pick me up.
-118°F or 45°C
-Any higher will kill the nutritional value of the food
A dehydrator is simply a box with a low-temperature coil and a fan that keeps the low heat traveling through which distributes evenly. People normally complain about not being able to afford dehydrators, but they can be very affordable. One doesn’t need to have an expensive, high-art, digital brand, a simple one can be found through research.
Another complaint that comes with a dehydrator is that sometimes the wet food is still wet. The problem is that people are not flipping the food after the first cooking desired time. An example of what to dehydrate properly is garlic naan.
-With garlic naan is that it will be needed to be placed on a wax-like sheet, not mesh. If placed on the mesh sheet the wet naan will seep through. Once garlic naan is placed on the sheet, place in dehydrator for about 90 minutes, after time completed, take out and flip over for another 90 minutes to two hours.
-Important: Flip food products over to dehydrate properly and evenly.
Faux Bacon with Coconut Meat
This is a simple recipe with only one ingredient.
-Coconut meat is very versatile and can be used for many recipes.
-Split open coconut.
-Drain water and set aside for later use.
-Scoop out coconut meat and scrape off brown things from coconut.
-Cut into slices like bacon.
-Soak coconut in tamari sauce for about 10 to 15 minutes.
-After soaking, place coconut meat on a sheet and in the dehydrator.
-Leave in the dehydrator on 115 degrees F overnight.
Easiest Healthiest Candy in the World, by Cara Brotman
Another simple recipe with only one ingredient, pineapple. A very portable snack if on the go and need a quick, healthy and tasty snack.
-Slice the pineapple.
-Place on a dehydrator sheet and place in dehydrator for approximately 3 hours.
*Optional: Dip in chocolate.
-Instructions are on page 100 in the recipe book.
Cara Brotman’s Fast Easy Raw Vegan Hummus Lettuce Wrap
-Majestic sprouted hummus
-found at Whole Foods
-doesn’t necessarily have to be this kind, just a favorite of Cara’s
-Red Leaf Lettuce
-A good substitute for any bread.
-Smear hummus on red leaf lettuce.
-Top with the tomato, onion, avocado, and cilantro
-Sprinkle a little bit of olive oil and hot pepper sauce, if desired.