Everything You Need To Know About Food Dehydrators

January 29, 2019

What Is A Food Dehydrator?

A food dehydrator is an appliance that extracts water from food to aid in the preservation of that food item. Food dehydration, or food drying, is a great method for preserving a variety of fruits, vegetables and meats. Foods are mostly comprised of water, with most fruits and vegetables containing up to 95% water and most meats being comprised of up to 75% water. The water is what causes food to spoil. Removing a substantial amount of the food’s water content will extend the life of the food by restricting the bacteria from growing.

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A food dehydrator works using a heating element, fan and air ventilation. These three elements works simultaneously to remove moisture from the food items placed inside. The heating element warms the food. The warmth causes the moisture to be brought to the food’s surface, where the unit’s fan blows the moist air through the dehydrator’s vents. This process goes on for several hours until the food is dried to a level sufficient for its intended use.

Benefits of Dehydrated Food

There are several wonderful benefits that come from food dehydration. Dehydrated food is economical, healthy and great tasting. The following are some of the most readily apparent benefits that come from using a food dehydrator in your home:

Saving Money

If you habitually purchase dried foods from the grocery store you will immediately realize its costs a heck of a lot less to dry the foods yourself at home. Additionally, you can save money by buying food items in bulk, and then preserving the food for later use. You will also save money by reducing the amount of food lost to spoliation. Finally, you will realize a cost savings by enjoying healthier, cheaper snack foods to replace the expensive snack options found in stores.

Avoid Harmful Preservatives

The only thing contained in your dehydrated food is the food itself. There are no harmful preservatives or chemical additives necessary to extend the foods life, and therefore you eliminate the health risk that comes along with these harmful substances.

Great Tasting Food

Dehydrated food tastes awesome. The flavor of the food item becomes concentrated when you remove the moisture, so if you love the flavor of say, bananas, then your dehydrated banana will provide a concentrated banana flavor explosion.

Space Saving

Dehydrated foods weight much less, and take up less space, than the same food in its pre-dehydrated state. Additionally, items that previously required precious refrigerator space can now be stored away in a pantry, contained neatly in a ziplock sandwhich bag.

Easy Transportation

Dried food are fantastic for bringing along on camping trips, extended hikes, long marathon training runs, and long-distance car rides. Since the dried food is lightweight and compact, it is the perfect fuel source to have when food storage would otherwise be inconvenient or impractical.

Enjoy Seasonal Food Year Round

Preserving food through dehydration will allow you to enjoy your favorite seasonal foods at all times of the year. Simply buy excess during the food’s peak season, and dehydrate what is not used to save for the times of the year you otherwise cannot enjoy your favorite seasonal foods.

Maximize Nutritional Value of Food

Dried food provides a higher nutrient per calorie by volume ratio than non-dried food. For example, 5 raisins will have the same calories as 5 grapes however 1 cup of raisins will contain approximately 400 calories while 1 cup of grapes will have about 60 calories.

Best Soda Makers

January 11, 2019

Right in time for the holiday season, soda makers are producing more and more options for families and they just keep getting better and less expensive. Today, we will look at the best soda maker 2019. This guide will help you make someone happy and knock a gift off the Nice list.

                        iSoda Drink Mate Hand Held Carbonated Soda Maker:

            One of the best soda makers right now is this nice hand-held soda maker. They are very small and inexpensive too. This soda maker is considered the best for those of you looking for a cheaper option. You can bring this along with you to parties, outings, and picnics.  The cartridges are recyclable, which helps everyone. It makes up to one-liter drinks each time.

                        Best Overall: SodaStream Crystal Starter Kit:

            This is a compact, efficient, and functional soda maker. It is from the guys that make SodaStream and it uses a glass carafe which is very easy to use and clean. The carafe is dishwasher safe as well. There is also a way to get a rebate when you purchase this.

                        Hamilton Beach Fizzini Hand-Held Carbonated Soda Maker:

            This hand-held device is the second cheapest on the list, however, its price does not reflect its quality. Its portable and small, but it does the job and very well. The carbonating unit simply fits on a bottle and then makes your beverage. It has great fizz control and with one simple turn of a knob, your drinks are made. Easy and simple.

                        DrinkMate Carbonated Soda Maker:

            This is voted the best multitasker on the market today. This soda maker is designed to carbonate any liquid. The others only carbonate water. This has a quick connect bottle that is marked with lines to show the volume. You can control your carbonation levels by pushing a button. You can always add more bubbles. IT uses iSoda bottles. It costs about $100 on Amazon.

                        Drinkmate Portable Carbonation Maker:

            The best portable soda machine was voted the best portable machine and has a great amount of carbonation, which generally comes with larger machines. It fits in your satchel, briefcase, or a picnic basket, so you can put it anywhere. This machine does not need power, so take it hiking or camping.  Check it out at Home Depot.

                        Innovee Soda Siphone:

            Voted best soda maker for small places. This can be purchased on Amazon for about $40. This device is great for those lacking counterspace and would like fizzy water. The siphon does not include any extra parts and it’s also very lightweight. The siphon uses 1 liter of liquid and you can put it in the dishwasher too. Its extremely easy and quick to clean up especially when you are on the go. Water only goes into the container; therefore, you just need to rinse quickly. It comes with a nice and free e-book for cocktail recipes. Who doesn’t want something free? This is a very affordable device and you’ll enjoy it.

Hand Mixer or Stand Mixer

January 2, 2019

Mixing ingredients are very doable by hand. So why bother buying expensive mixers? Baking is a very tedious job. It takes a lot of time and energy to have a précised outcome. With the help of a mixer, baking becomes more precise, faster and quicker. So if you are buying a new one as a first-timer or getting a new one to replace the old one, here is a quick guide for you.

There are different types of mixers in the market, the hand mixers, and the stand mixers. As to which is the best one for you actually depends on what you need.

Hand Mixers

For affordability, the hand mixer is the best option.  A hand mixer has a price range from $15.00 to $100.00 or more depending on the brand. With a hand mixer, you can choose for a manual or an electric one. A manual hand mixer or also known as rotary egg beater is ideal in places where there is no electricity like in a camp, while an electric hand mixer has an enclosure where the motor is placed. One of the many advantages of a hand-held mixer is that it is easy to clean and store. There are not many attachments to clean and it does not occupy much space in the kitchen drawer or cabinet. However, it should be kept in mind that the hand mixer has limitations when it comes to precision, speed and loads to bear.

Stand Mixers

It is known to many that a stand mixer can make the life in the kitchen easy. They are very handy especially when baking. Kneading dough does not have to be a tiring and long process, with just a push of a button, the dough will be ready in no time. Who could have thought that shredding chicken and mashing potatoes could be possible in a stand mixer?  With the right attachment, anything can be possible with the very versatile stand mixer.

Just like anything else, there are advantages and disadvantages this kitchen appliance has. A stand mixer is more powerful than a hand mixer. It can knead big batches of dough quicker and more precise. High-end mixers have timers hence you can leave it for a moment while it is doing its magic. More so, because it is heavier and bulkier, you do not have to worry about making a lot of mess in your kitchen because of its stability. And speaking of weight, on the other side, storing it would be of inconvenience especially if you will place it on the cupboard. You have to carry the weight up and down the cabinet if you do not want it constant on your countertop. However, if you want to place it on the countertop, it would take up much space because of its size not unless if you have a wide countertop. Furthermore, because of the size, the motor, and the attachments, a stand mixer can cost a lot more than a hand mixer.

A novice or an expert in baking would surely agree that once you get hold of a mixer, there is no reason to mix manually. There are lots of best hand mixers and best stand mixers in the market that you get your hands into.