American Harvest Gardenmaster Dehydrator
American Harvest Dehydrator Video
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HOORAY FOR DEHYDRATORS!
I first read about drying food in the original BACK TO BASICS book from READERS DIGEST. They suggested making a dehydrator our of a card board box, lined with black plastic and keeping it on your roof so animals couldn't get at it. Believe it or not, my oldest son did just that. It took three days of drying, but we managed to dry four apples.
Next, we tried the oven method. I set it on the lowest possible setting and apples were sliced and placed on a cookie sheet. Twelve hours later - we had dried three apples.
Time has flown by, since that primitive beginning. There has been a BIG CHANGE. I have three Air Preserve dehydrators that run around the clock during harvest. We have apple, cherry and plum trees, raspberries, currants plus a 10,000sq. ft. vegetable garden. It is a huge job to preserve this amount of produce and my dehydrators do about 90% of it (the rest is frozen or canned). I've learned some tricks too. I keep the dehydrators running in the greenhouse to keep the heat and humidity out of the house. The sun heats the air in greenhouse and so less electricity in needed to dehydrate juicy vegetables like tomatoes.
A dehydrator is one of the best ways to preserve food. The low temps used dry the food without sacrificing the nutrients. Dried food will keep in air tight bags for years. With freezing, you continually paying for electricity and after while, everything gets refrigerator taste. With canning, there's a lot of up front preparation and the high heat to kill bacteria also kills off some of the nutrients.
I really like this method of preserving my harvest and think that you will too. My Grandchildren LOVE dried apples and melons!!! The dried fruits and veggies give you new ingredients to work with. Crumble dried tomatoes and sprinkle them over your salads for color, taste and nutrition. Flavor charge your soups and stews with dried squash, peppers and onions. A healthy snack that tastes like banana bread - just mix dried bananas and pecans.
American Harvest Gardenmaster
- 8 Dishwasher safe trays - 1 sq ft each
- 8 Dishwasher safe stick resistant poly-mesh trays
- 8 Dishwasher safe fruit leather / jerky sheets
- Quiet five-inch fan and 2400 RPM motor
- 1000 watt heater (temp setting will determine actual power usage)
Our Price: $169.95* + Free shipping in the Continental United States* Minnesota residents need to pay 6.875% sales tax also.