The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home: Everything You Need to Know About Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried Foods

The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home: Everything You Need to Know About Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried Foods

by Terri Paajanen
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The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home: Everything You Need to Know About Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried Foods by Terri Paajanen

Food dehydration is not just for prunes and raisins any more; a recent U.S. study revealed that the dried and dehydrated food industry made more than $6 billion in revenue in one year alone. Thanks to advances in technology, dehydrating foods at home has become easier than ever, allowing you to lock in food’s nutritional value while eliminating the water content that causes foods to grow bacteria and mold. Drying foods also gives you a source of raw, nutrient-rich food that is easily available and requires no additional preparation.

The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home provides you with all the information necessary for drying fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs, grains, and even dairy products. This book will provide you with instructions on how to dry foods using a food dehydrator and will also offer you simpler alternatives for how to dehydrate foods using an oven, microwave, or even the sun. You will learn what equipment you need to get started and how to properly store your food to ensure optimal freshness. This book also provides you with recipes for any meal of the day, whether you are looking for an easy breakfast alternative or a quick soup you can prepare for lunch. You will even learn how to prepare foods for young children and pets.

Drying your foods will not only provide you with timesaving options for ways to prepare your meals, it will also allow you to reduce the amount of food you throw out each month. Researchers at the University of Arizona found that the average family wastes 14 percent of their food purchases; learning how to dehydrate and store dry foods can ensure the money you spend on groceries will not be thrown out with the trash.

We have spent hundreds of hours interviewing dozens of experts who will provide you with all the information you need to start dehydrating your foods. We’ve spoken with nutritionists and busy parents who advocate drying foods as a way to save time and still prepare healthy meals. This book is filled with delicious recipes and practical tips to help you and your family enjoy the economic and health benefits that dehydrated foods offer.

Whether you are looking for money-saving dinner options or a quick recipe for a high-protein trail mix, The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home offers you all the information you need to start cooking and eating smarter.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781601386021
Publisher: Atlantic Publishing Group Inc
Publication date: 10/30/2011
Series: Back to Basics Series
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 5.80(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.70(d)

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The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home: Everything You Need to Know About Preparing, Storing, and Consuming Dried Foods 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
KevKenThomas More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to Drying Foods At Home: Everything You need to Know About Preparing Storing and Consuming Dried Foods, is a great book for anyone who wants to learn practical ways to lose weight, save money, preserve foods efficiently, and spice up their recipes. This book is a simple read and is organized in a way that is easily understood. Author Terri Paajanen goes over and compares: larger and smaller scale operations, the more and less practical ways of dehydrating food, and the costs of each method. She also compares drying food as a method of preserving food, to freezing and canning, and explains why the two are insufficient to drying. She teaches every method from using the sun, to using an electric dehydrator, and reveals the good and bad aspects of each. Terri also has included a chapter full of great recipes to try with your dried foods.
MKCrawford More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to Drying Foods At Home is a delightful and basic guide on multiple ways you can dry, store, and consume foods at home. There are multiple ways in which you are able to dry food, and with this book, you can learn them and try it out for yourself in the comfort of your own home. A handful of the recipes are so original, you wouldn’t have guessed some of the foods are something that could be dried in the first place. From fruits and veggies to herbs and nuts, learn how to sundry, air dry, oven dry, and more by reading this comprehensive guide.
TonyaW More than 1 year ago
I've been wanting to dry foods for some time now, but had no idea where to start. The Complete Guide To Drying Foods At Home is amazing! I learned what types of foods can be dried and how to dry and store them. The book is very comprehensive, especially for a beginner. Those experienced with drying foods would love the recipes. You have to try the recipes!
sundijograham More than 1 year ago
Truly seemed like everything I needed to know about drying foods. Who knew there was a special way to dry seaweed? There were things I'd never even heard of before, such as Irish Barm Brack. The book was very thorough and I appreciate the author taking the time to share knowledge with others.
rhizomatrix More than 1 year ago
The Complete Guide to Drying Foods At Home By Terri Paajanen There are many advantages to drying foods at home, such as saving money by buying in bulk, reducing food waste and keeping your food healthful and nutritious, and as Paajanen goes on to explain, home dehydration is not as difficult as you might think. First you need to decide which method of drying you prefer to use. Some methods, such as sun or oven drying may not be suitable for all foods because of the time the process takes and the exposure to moisture or bacteria. Other options such as using a microwave or a food dehydrator are suitable for just about any food. Once you have decided on your method, this book will guide you through the whole range of foods you might want to dry at home. Packed with useful information, it explains not only which the best method for each food is, but also how to prepare the food first, and how long the dehydration process will take. A chapter on storage will help you make sure you keep your dehydrated food fresh and dry until you want to use it. If that’s not enough, Paajanen has also created a wide range of delicious recipes you can make with the food you have dehydrated. From vegetables to fruit, meat and even mushrooms, this book will guide you through the home dehydration process. It is a reader-friendly book that doesn’t miss a step from cleaning and preparing the food to storing and cooking it.
code7r More than 1 year ago
“The Complete Guide to Drying Foods at Home” by Terri Paajanen is a comprehensive guide on all the ways to dry and store foods. The author covers all types of drying methods: sun drying, air drying, oven drying, food dehydrators, and microwave drying and explains the drawbacks and benefits of each method. But that isn’t all, the author also gives a little history about drying foods, how to properly store it, and using dehydrated foods. For those who are just beginners at drying foods and those who have been doing it for a while, this book if for all those in that range. Ms. Paajanen does an excellent job with educating the reader on the history of drying foods, the different methods, proper storage, safety, what can be dried, using dehydrated foods, and she gives a ton of recipes incorporating dried foods. One example of a recipe in this book: Spiced Apple Leather 4 apples 1/2 cup water or apple juice 1/4 tsp cinnamon 1/8 tsp cloves When she is covering how to dry fruits, vegetables, herbs, bread, nuts, etc., she also gives directions on how to dry them using each method and which method is the best for that item. This book will need to be kept on hand in the kitchen as it will be frequently referred to!
schauml96740 More than 1 year ago
Dehydrate food at home – even without additional equipment to buy “The Complete Guide to Drying Foods At Home” is a versatile reference for preserving food through dehydration. Author Terri Paajanen describes in detail the processes of preparing food for dehydration, the different methods of dehydrating food, as well as the proper procedures for storing the food once dried. This book is written for the general reader audience, and provides clear step-by-step instructions that are easy to follow. There is an emphasis throughout the book on using what equipment you may already have in your kitchen, allowing anyone with access to sunlight or an oven to prepare their own dried food at home. For those who wish to invest in additional technology, there is a chapter devoted to discussing the most popular food dehydrators and their associated benefits and costs. While most people typically use dehydration to store fruit or make beef jerky, Ms. Paajanen introduces the reader to other types of foods that are easily preserved using this process. Vegetables, herbs, grains, bread and seeds are all addressed. In addition, there is a chapter regarding making your own ‘fruit leathers’, otherwise known as ‘fruit roll ups’…without the added sugar! As a member of a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) farm, I sometimes receive more fresh produce that I know what to do with each week. Instead of wasting this delicious food, now I know how to dehydrate it for preservation. Sun-dried tomatoes? Now I don’t have to spend a fortune for them at the store. Struggling to use fresh mushrooms before they expire? No more – I will be drying them. Want berries out of season? No problem – I will use my dehydrated berries to add to yogurt or sauces. I have experimented with making my own beef jerky before, but didn’t always achieve the right consistency or doneness. Now I know what I was doing wrong, and will try this again! I have also been convinced by reading Ms. Paajanen’s book that I should invest in a commercial cabinet-style dehydrator for the amount of preserving I need to do. I have the counter space, and this way I won’t be tying up my oven for an entire day!  There are definitely some more advanced dehydration practices outlined in the book – such as making your own yogurt at home, making ‘leathers’ from yogurt, drying dairy products into powders, etc. I’m not sure I’m up to this level, but I am glad to have a manual to help me should I desire to try these in the future. Knowing how to preserve foods at home is a healthy and cost-effective alternative to commercially preserved foods.