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There is more to freshly preserving food at home than just canning and freezing. Dehydration is a straightforward process that produces easy to use foods. Unlike the canning method and the freezing method, finding the ideal dehydrated food technique requires some trial-and- error. A number of factors determine the finished product, such as food drying method, quality of produce, pretreatment techniques and even climate. Reference the food dehydrator recipes as a starting point and then make adjustments as you become more familiar with the process.
The success of home food dehydration depends on three basic principles:
A useful method of preservation, dehydration removes 80-95% of moisture to deactivate spoilage processes while retaining abundant nutrients.
TIP: Dehydrated food, especially fruits, can make for a great snack. However, there may be times you will want to rehydrate the food for cooking, eating, and serving. To rehydrate, add just enough boiling water to cover the food, wait 10 minutes, and serve immediately or use in a favorite recipe.
As a simple and effective method of food preservation, dehydrating food unlocks new preserving possibilities within your kitchen. By using the three basic principles of controlled heat, dry air, and proper air circulation, you can successfully remove 80-95% of moisture from various ingredients while preserving the nutrients and taste of dehydrated foods. Armed with the right food dehydration tools like the kitchen utensils in our Ball® accessories collection and quality storage containers like Ball® canning jars, you can begin to dehydrate food like a seasoned pro in eight easy steps. From reviewing food dehydration recipes and prepping ingredients to drying, packing, and storing, each stage brings you closer to a pantry filled with delicious, long-lasting provisions. And don't forget the versatility of dehydrated foods, whether enjoyed as a healthy snack or rehydrated for use in your favorite food dehydrator recipes. So go ahead, give it a try. With a little time and effort, you'll savor the rewards of dehydrating, transforming everyday ingredients into delights that nourish for seasons to come.