What are food dehydrators?
Food dehydrators are a great way to reduce your cost of food, increase your nutritional intake and speed up your cooking.
In the past our ancestors relied on the sun to dry out food, but these days it is a process where moisture is removed from foods by circulating air at a very low temperature in an oven-like device including two main designs: stacked shelves and pull out shelves.
In this article we will cover the benefits of using food dehydration plus some great tips on deciding the best machine for your home or business, all backed by Vitality 4 Life’s 30 day return policy, 24/7 customer support and extended warranties.
What are the main benefits of dehydrating food?
There are many benefits to dehydrating your food and getting a food hydrator machine.
Increases your fibre intake
Studies have shown that food dehydration helps to i
Dried meat has been popular for thousands of years and it's not hard to see why. It's delicious, virtually fat free, a great source of protein and best of all homemade jerky doesn't have the addition of preservatives or chemical additives so you can be sure that you are eating healthy whole food.
There is no science behind making any meat jerky, all you have to do is know what flavours you like, use the freshest of fresh meat and you can be assured of a yummy snack.
One of the things we get asked for most frequently is how to make meat jerky. Here is a selection of recipes, tried and tested and completely delicious, which you can create using your own food dehydrator!
Homemade Jerky: The Basics
No one else will think of this one, a truly unique gift for pet lovers... make your own healthy dog treats.
We all know someone who loves their dog more than people. If you want to find a unique gift for pet lovers that no one else will think of start here with our food dehydrators. Sound boring? It definitely won't be for them when they are making their own healthy dog treats. Or how about buying one for yourself and giving the treats as a gift! Either way they will love it.
Pet lovers love to know exactly what their doggy treats are made of. With unhealthy treats everywhere at the moment and overseas companies taking over some of our own brands what is in the doggy bag may not be such a treat.
Trying to maintain a healthy diet, but still love to snack on sweet things? Homemade Fruit Leather may be a great addition to your raw food diet. Not only are these delicious home-made 'roll-ups' a healthy alternative to commercial snack foods, but they taste fantastic! Perfect for a mid-afternoon snack to tackle those sugar cravings and the kid's lunch boxes. Plus, they're so quick and easy to make!
A fruit leather or fruit roll up is basically blended fruit which is poured out into a thin consistency and dried out. You can think of it like making a smoothie and drying it out! Fruit leathers generally consist of blended fruit however other ingredients can be added to enhance flavours and make unique combinations including yoghurt - to give the roll ups a creamy texture
How to Sprout Whole Grains and Make Sprouted Flour
Making your own sprouted flour is definitely a labor of love, however the end result and the nutritional value makes it absolutely worth it!
The traditional way to prepare grains back in the day was to soak them until they had begun to form little sprouts, this was done for easier digestability and to increase the essential vitamins like vitamins B and C. It was also done to reduce the bad phytic acid which can actually decrease the body’s ability to absorb iron, magnesium, zinc, copper and calcium. All vital nutrients that our bodies need! This method of grain preparation can even help break down the gluten in the wheat berry making it possible for people with a gluten intolerance to enjoy grains again!
Sprouted grain flour has seen a resurgence in popularity of late and is fast becoming popular in many home kitchens and cafes. Many healthy home enthusiasts are returning to these traditional preparation methods.
We have all heard 'breakfast is the most important meal of the day', but why? Having breakfast doesn't only provides key 'fuel' for the body and brain, but also kick-starts your metabolism for the day ahead!
If you are beginning a Raw Food Diet or even beginning to experiment with Raw Food Recipes, you may be wondering what to eat as a Raw Breakfast. It is not just smoothies and fruit which are easily made on the go, try these quick and easy Raw Breakfast Recipes, packed with everything you need to start the day in the right way!
Vitality 4 Life's Raw Breakfast Recipes:
Raw Banana Pancakes
Serving for 1
- 1 banana
- 2 tablespoons coconut meal or dried coconut flakes
Mash the banana with a fork in a bowl until smooth. Add the coconut meal and some cinnamon, mix well. Flatten the banana/coconut dough and make small pancakes of them. Put the pancakes in a Food
As well as being high in vitamins A, C & K, kale helps to fight heart disease, cancer, mental illness and high blood pressure. These kale chips are a great healthy snack to fight those cravings.
You can make this healthy snack in a food dehydrator or an oven.
- 1 head kale, washed and dried thoroughly
- 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or flax seed oil
- Sea salt for light seasoning
Procedure for oven:
- Preheat oven to 120ºC
- Remove the ‘ribs’ from the kale and cut into 2 inch pieces
- Toss with olive oil and salt
- Lay on a baking tray and bake in the oven for 20mins until crisp, making sure to turn half way through
- Serve hot or allow to cool and eat as a healthy snack or add to salads
Procedure for food dehydrator:
- 1. Chop Kale into 2 inch pieces. Remember they