Foodie Holiday Gift Idea: A Food Dehydrator

December 6, 2011

By Megan Kian

If you’re in need of a holiday gift for a foodie, a food dehydrator may be just the right thing! It may sound like a contraption from the future, but my food dehydrator is actually one of the best presents that I ever received. And it’s a great device to have in the kitchen! It works by exposing food to low temperatures of heat for a long period of time in order to remove any moisture from the food. Depending on what you want to dehydrate, temperatures can range from around 95° for drying herbs and spices to 160° for making jerky. The end result is a food that is preserved and can be consumed at a later time without worrying about spoilage.

Food Dehydrator

Food dehydrators can be used to make many Nutritioulicious snacks. Some of my favorite foods to make with my food dehydrator are dried fruits and vegetables, fruit leather, and jerky. You can also use a dehydrator to make your own dried herbs or even dried flowers for various crafts.

Have you ever used a food dehydrator? What are some of your favorite food-related holiday gift ideas?

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