5 Reasons to Own a Food Dehydrator

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Some of you know (especially if you follow my Instagram) that I have been reeeeeally into adding more raw foods to my diet -to the extent that I my favorite cookbooks at the moment are uncook books of raw concoctions and creations.

One of the things that is pretty much a raw foodist necessity when making the really fun and intricate raw food dishes is a good dehydrator. Since hubby and I are also breeding meat rabbits now as well (first batch is due in a few weeks!) we really want to start making our own homemade rabbit meat jerky. So this luxury item has quickly become a kitchen staple in our home!
But ever since we started playing with our dehydrator (I mean play literally, it is hella fun!) we have realized that this is one of those items we never should have waited to own!

Here Are 5 Great Reasons to Own a Food Dehydrator

1. You are in control of the quality of food you eat.

Where was the food grown? Is it organic? Non-GMO? What the food gassed to ripen? How was it prepared? Does it have additional seasonings, added sugars, preservatives, artificial flavors? What it prepared on BPA free materials? There are just a fraction of the questions most of us cannot answer about our food when we reach for a bag of trail mix, dried fruit, snacks or jerky. I am a HUGE proponent of the slow food movement, where we renew the lost art of food prep in the kitchen, and take back control of the quality of the foods we feed to our families!

2. You will save money.

There is no question about it, making fresh homemade dried snacks costs a fraction of what a bag of the same would cost you at the supermarket. And the beauty of it is, once you plop your food items into the dehydrator, there is really no other work that needs to be done. It is easy, simple, and the foods dry quicker than you would think!

3. You can take advantage of in season foods and farmers market specials.

I deeply regret not owning a dehydrator when I was the manager of our local farmers market. I always had waaaay too many veggies and fruits on hand, and it was such a hassle trying to use it all or give it all away before it went bad. I did not anticipate how often I would use a dehydrator, not to make a specific recipe, but just to save food on the verge of passing its shelf life! Dehydrating inhibits growth of microorganisms and decay and dramatically increases storage life for food. The money you save in food you didn’t waste will pay for the dehydrator in no time!

4. You can create tasty snacks that are good for you.

No added sugars, no harmful or questionable preservatives, no high sugar fruits in the mix if you want… you cannot get much healthier than foods in their raw and whole state, and low temp dehydrating preserves around 90% of all the vitamins, minerals and enzymes of the raw food. It is a guilt free way to snack!

5. You can take advantage of your own garden by drying your fruits and vegetables to be used year round.

This is the one I am super excited about! We have a fig tree in the back that always leaves us swimming in excess figs, and in the spring, there are so many edible weeds in our region that make wonderful and flavorful teas… stinging nettle, milk thistle, clovers, etc. Not to mention, I am aching to try my hand at drying and powdering some of my home grown garlic! And then of course there is homemade and home raised rabbit meat jerky to make… Just thinking about it gets me crazy excited!

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Nesco Professional 600W 5-Tray Food Dehydrator Review and Giveaway

The Nesco Professional Food Dehydrator (CLICK HERE to view the item on Amazon.com) is a newer model that is a step up from the popular Nesco Snackmaster Food Dehydrator, which enjoys a #1 Best Seller status on Amazon.com.
Just like the Snackmaster, the Professional model features Nescos patented Converga-Flow drying system to ensure even drying with an adjustable thermostat ranging from 95 to 160 degrees, which provides greater flexibility and better results. The 600 watts of drying power with top mounted fan means that there is no need to rotate the trays like many other brands require, and your food will dry in hours, not days.
This model also includes 5 BPA free trays that can expand up to 12 and the box includes a Fruit Roll Sheet, Clean-A-Screens and jerky spice and cure packets!

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One of the neater features is that the whole unit is made with a contemporary granite Vita-Save exterior that blocks light, provides an excellent seal, and helps retain more vitamins and nutrients during the drying process. Oh! And it is not loud at all, I would say that the gentle hum is quieter than my microwave!
Hubby and I gave this unit a test run with some kiwis, bananas, and apples, and we were shocked at the speedy performance and even drying. While I prefer to see the food as it dries (especially when I am drying different batches in the trays) it makes it a little cumbersome to peek in on food when the unit does not have a timer, but what it lacks in the extra peeking, it makes up for in quicker drying times and even cooking.

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[Disclaimer: There are no affiliate links in this review. I am an independent product reviewer. I only review products I am truly interested in. I don’t accept payment for reviews. The products I take the time to jabber on about are either items I have personally purchased, or the product has been provided for review after me initiating contact and incessantly nagging for a sample. All of my reviews are unbiased regardless of how the item was obtained.]

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Gingi is a photographer, cosplayer, amateur chef, crazy cat lady, anime otaku, bookworm, generic geek, world traveler, conservative Christian, homeschooler, devoted military wife and stay at home new mother of two little girls. Gingi blogs about anything and everything that is relevant to being a supermom, stay at home wife, homeschooler and geek girl! You can contact her at gingifreeman@gmail.com or via the contact form on her website at www.domesticgeekgirl.com

98 thoughts on “5 Reasons to Own a Food Dehydrator

  • 1 October, 2016 at 1:01 am
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    I’ve never used a food dehydrator, but I think it would be fun to learn how to use one 🙂

    • 1 October, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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      You will looooove it! <3

  • 1 October, 2016 at 9:08 am
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    I would dry tomatoes

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:50 am
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      Sure thing sweetie, thanks for stopping by!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 1:46 am
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    Totally new product for me, such a wonderful gadget to have in your kitchen..

  • 2 October, 2016 at 2:43 am
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    I have always wanted a dehydrator! Fruit is my favorite…PEACHES!

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:44 am
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      Hey, I know you!!! hehehe!!! Good luck on the raffle mother in love!! <3

  • 2 October, 2016 at 8:12 am
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    I would make homemade yogurt

  • 2 October, 2016 at 8:26 am
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    I’d like to make kale chips in a dehydrator.

  • 2 October, 2016 at 12:45 pm
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    I would make homemade venison jerky.

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:44 am
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      Oooooh, I wish we had venison around here.. no real hunting areas in most of California!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 12:55 pm
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    I always wanted to make my own banana chips. That’s what I would try first.

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:45 am
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      Banana chips were the first thing we ever tried too! <3

  • 2 October, 2016 at 1:25 pm
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    I would like to make dried apples and strawberries.

  • 2 October, 2016 at 2:39 pm
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    I could make so many steaks, thank you soooo much for the great offer. I love your blog 🙂

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:45 am
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      Awwwwww thank you! Good luck on the raffle!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 3:27 pm
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    I would love to make my own jerky!

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:46 am
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      Me toooooooooooooo! <3

  • 2 October, 2016 at 3:47 pm
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    I have wanted one for years! But now that I’m moving to the middle of nowhere I think this will be a must have. I plan on dehydrating strawberries, peaches, apples, raspberries, tomatoes and maybe I’ll try marshmallows hehehe

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:47 am
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      Marshmellows, whaaaat?!?!? Now I need to check this out!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 4:08 pm
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    I would definitely use it to dry fruit. I never eat everything I buy before it starts to turn and I’ve always wanted a dehydrator.

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:53 am
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      It is soooooooooo useful!! Good luck with the raffle!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 9:17 pm
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    I’d make strawberry chips!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 10:05 pm
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    I would like to try to dehydrate apples.

  • 2 October, 2016 at 11:04 pm
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    First thing I would definitely make is plantain chips!!! mmmmmm!
    Then beef jerky of course.
    I don’t eat processed foods so convenience foods are out – so a dehydrator would come in really handy to have food I can take with me for a snack.
    thanks!

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:48 am
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      We are moving to a strictly no processed foods diet ourselves, so I totally get it! <3 Good luck!

  • 2 October, 2016 at 11:18 pm
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    I would dry fruit

  • 3 October, 2016 at 12:01 am
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    I used to make jerkey with one when I was little. My kids would love this for fruit chips and such. Thanks for hosting such a thoughtful giveaway.

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:48 am
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      Thank YOU for stopping by, and good luck!

  • 3 October, 2016 at 12:32 am
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    I would make COCONUT JERKY and make some dehydrated raw bread. Ugh I can taste it alreadyyy

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:49 am
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      COCONUT JERKY?!?!??! Whaaaaaaaaaaaaat?!?!?! And yesssss, I am about to try making some batches of raw bread myself!

  • 3 October, 2016 at 12:45 am
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    Jerky! I would make all kinds of jerky!

    • 3 October, 2016 at 2:50 am
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      Thats my plan!!!!! Yum yum!

  • 3 October, 2016 at 1:33 pm
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    That’s so cool, dear! I’ve never heard of a food dehydrator before. Would be awesome to have one in the kitchen! xoxo

  • 3 October, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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    I’ve always wanted a food dehydrator! (Must be from those Friends episodes…) XD

    If I won I would be making apple chips all autumn long.

    • 4 October, 2016 at 2:50 am
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      Hhahaha, omg.. so old school! <3 Good luck!

  • 3 October, 2016 at 6:46 pm
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    Hubby has been thinking of getting one.

  • 3 October, 2016 at 8:53 pm
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    Great for making up easy meals for camping/hiking. Or, like me, if you are single, you can still get a good variety of veggies on your plate every night

    • 4 October, 2016 at 2:50 am
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      Yesssssssssssss! We plan on making our own trail mixes while camping!

  • 3 October, 2016 at 9:11 pm
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    I would love to dry some fruits and vegetables to snack on instead of the junk I eat now.

  • 3 October, 2016 at 11:59 pm
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    This would be great to dry my herbs.

  • 4 October, 2016 at 2:20 am
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    I would dry bananas.

  • 4 October, 2016 at 4:41 am
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    Your cosplay link goes to really well made costumes.

    • 4 October, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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      Awwww, thank you Hayley!! I love costuming, its so much fun!

    • 5 October, 2016 at 5:11 pm
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      Kale chips are one of my favorite snacks! <3

  • 4 October, 2016 at 10:54 am
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    Would love to have this

  • 4 October, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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    After banana chips, I want to try making beef jerky

  • 5 October, 2016 at 2:10 am
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    We want to make dried fruit (cheaper than buying in bags from the store).

  • 6 October, 2016 at 12:52 am
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    I’d love to dry herbs since I grow a lot in my garden as well as dried tomatoes.

    • 6 October, 2016 at 4:36 pm
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      Those are sooo easy to dry! <3

  • 7 October, 2016 at 11:42 pm
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    I wonder if I slice it thin enough if I can make my own jerky? My son hunts (bleh from me, sorry) and I have no idea what to do with some of the stuff he doesn’t have made into sausage.

    • 8 October, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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      Yup! It actually specialized is jerky and the box comes with curing starter packs!

  • 8 October, 2016 at 10:53 pm
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    I have always wanted one. I would start off making beef jerky

  • 9 October, 2016 at 3:32 pm
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    I would love to make beef jerky.

  • 10 October, 2016 at 12:45 am
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    I’m not sure, but would look into it on what to make with it.

  • 10 October, 2016 at 8:37 am
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    If I had a dehydrator I would make vegetables and other ingredients for homemade soups.

    • 11 October, 2016 at 2:34 am
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      Making some soup mixes is on my list of things to do this fall!

  • 10 October, 2016 at 4:29 pm
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    I want to make homemade fruit roll ups for the kids. They would get a kick out of that!

    • 11 October, 2016 at 2:34 am
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      Yessss!!! With elderberry syrup so they are immune system boosters! <3

  • 10 October, 2016 at 9:40 pm
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    I would like to dry mango.

  • 10 October, 2016 at 9:58 pm
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    I would make zucchini and tomatoes and red peppers

    • 11 October, 2016 at 2:35 am
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      Those are THE. BEST.

  • 11 October, 2016 at 2:06 am
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    would make beef jerky

  • 11 October, 2016 at 3:50 pm
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    I would make dry fruit and beef jerky.

  • 11 October, 2016 at 6:49 pm
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    I love dried fruits!! I want!!

  • 12 October, 2016 at 4:57 am
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    make some dried fruit but id make beef jerky the first and foremost thing

    • 12 October, 2016 at 3:54 pm
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      We are going to be making our own jerky soon!! <3

  • 12 October, 2016 at 6:36 am
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    I would love to make dehydrated fruit so that my son has something new and different for school snacks and I have something yummy to snack on for work!

    • 13 October, 2016 at 1:56 pm
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      Sound yummy!! Good luck!

  • 12 October, 2016 at 7:08 pm
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    I would make homemade deer jerky !

    • 14 October, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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      Deer jerkey?!?! OMG, I wish we had deer here, I love venison!

  • 12 October, 2016 at 7:41 pm
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    some dried cherrys and beef jerky

  • 13 October, 2016 at 2:50 am
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    I’d make banana chips! 🙂

  • 13 October, 2016 at 5:31 pm
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    I’d love to dehydrate some apple slices & also make banana chips!

  • 13 October, 2016 at 8:55 pm
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    id make some spicy jerky deer jerky

    • 14 October, 2016 at 3:06 pm
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      You guys are making me so jealous with the deer!!

  • 14 October, 2016 at 12:13 am
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    I had a dehydrator years ago and tried to make pseudo fruit roll-ups. I’d like to try something like that again. I love snacking on them.

    • 14 October, 2016 at 3:07 pm
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      Did they come out okay? I have yet to try that!

  • 14 October, 2016 at 2:15 am
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    I love to make own apricot chips

  • 14 October, 2016 at 2:24 am
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    I would absolutely love to try this on my path to more clean eating

  • 14 October, 2016 at 7:28 am
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    I would like to make dehydrated marshmallows and dehydrated fruits for snacks.

  • 14 October, 2016 at 4:25 pm
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    I would make banana chips.

  • 14 October, 2016 at 8:22 pm
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    I would dry some apples.

  • 14 October, 2016 at 8:33 pm
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    Stawberry chips!!

  • 14 October, 2016 at 11:46 pm
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    I would dehydrate apples and mango.

  • 15 October, 2016 at 1:07 am
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    I would make beef jerky!

  • 15 October, 2016 at 2:57 am
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    I love dried fruits & veggies so I would love to dehydrate an assortment of vegetables & fruits and also it might not be the healthiest option. but with checking out the kinds of food that can be dehydrated I saw a recipe for dehydrating marshmallows after that all I can think of is a bowl lucky charms with extra, extra marshmallows:)

  • 15 October, 2016 at 3:32 am
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    I would love to make dehydrated fruit, like the strawberries already in cereal, so I can put them into the cereal. It would be so great to have any fruit that you want at the time.

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