Reviewing the Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
Summertime is here and the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables is upon us! Let's review how to enjoy all of this goodness now and later too! Food Dehydrators are not new, but they may be new to you!
If you are a gardener, I'm sure that your little (or big) plot is starting to show signs that there will be a good crop of some fruits and vegetables coming soon. If you are anything like me, you can hardly wait for that first ripe tomato. Everyday you go to the garden to see its growth. Then it starts to turn red and the excitement is almost palpable. Okay, I'm a little crazy for my fresh fruits and veggies.
Right now we are in the height of strawberry season, so you know where I will be. Off to my closest "pick your own" patch to indulge in early summer sweetness. After I have eaten my fill, made some jam and eaten some more, there will still be strawberries that I need to process somehow.
Now this is where my product review starts!
Have you ever thought about buying a Food Dehydrator and drying the rest? There are several ways that you can make the freshness of this seasons fruits and vegetables last through the year. Making jams, jellies and chutneys are one way. Preserving and canning is another. But wait, there is still the other option and that is to dry the goodness for use later! Easy and quick too! No more wasting your food dollars.
We purchased a Food Dehydrator a couple of years ago, when my other half decided to make his own beef jerky. Yes, you can make your own beef jerky, but that is not what I do.
I use this dehydrator to keep all my herbs, tomatoes, carrots, peppers and all other manner of fruits and vegetables for my winter time cooking. I get the same flavor as I would if I had just harvested my garden. I can also take advantage of the farmer's markets and buy more fresh produce, both for use now and for dehydration and use for later.
These pictures show you how I just finished drying a whole bunch of parley and basil. It took less than an hour and my parsley flakes are beautiful in color and smell. The basil dried to a light brown, but the smell is incredible. I will use these throughout the fall and winter in my recipes.
No more buying fruit roll ups with their questionable ingredients. Make your own and you will know exactly what is in that delicious dried fruit. To make fruit roll ups you will need to purchase some non-stick sheets that fit into the dehydrator. This will keep the fruit from falling through the grids in the different layers. You can make different fruit bars all at the same time. Fresh and flavorful with no additives and preservatives. Just plain really good fruit!
Save money by letting less of your food dollars go to waste!
Food Dehydrator and Recipe Book included!
Don't be afraid to try new things. This food dehydrator will have you saving all those fruits, vegetables and spices without thinking twice. No more buying fresh herbs for a recipe and then throwing away the rest. Dry it instead, so that next time you need it, it is there for you! Once you get the hang of it, you will find that you will waste less and really enjoy the fresh taste of homemade!
The only Accessory you might need:
If you are making fruit roll ups, you will need the non-stick mats that fit right into the trays. Because of the sugar content in fresh fruit, you will have a sticky mess without these sheets. They are inexpensive and will help you make better use use of the dehydrator!
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