In an era, where we all want to lead more sustainable lives, one easy thing to do is to cut down on the food waste you generate.
Each year, millions of tons of food end up in landfill generating greenhouse gases, rather than being eaten, and it costs each American approximately 20% of their food budget to do this.
So, it’s a great idea to use preserving techniques like dehydrating to extend the life of the food we buy.
But Why Are There Foods We Should Not Dehydrate?
OK, you’ve bought one of our top best dehydrators and you’re itching to get started but now you’re learning that some things won’t dehydrate? Why?
Well, firstly high-fat foods won’t dehydrate properly.
If you’ve ever heard that “oil and water don’t mix”, it’s true and while you can remove water from fatty food, some of it gets trapped in the fat.
In turn, this makes your food go rancid within a short period after it has been dehydrated and trust us, you don’t want to try eating rancid fat.
There are two other minor reasons not to dehydrate food.
The first is that the process destroys any Vitamin A & C in the food and the second?
Well, some food just doesn’t taste great when it’s been dehydrated.
Some Foods You Should Not Dehydrate
We can’t give you a complete list of things you shouldn’t dehydrate but we can help you avoid any common mistakes:
- Dairy. Dairy is high in fat, it goes rancid when dehydrated and the risks of food poisoning are huge. Dairy can be dehydrated in high-end commercial dryers but not at home. If you need dehydrated dairy products, buy powdered ones.
- Nuts. It’s better to freeze them than to dry them. They lose taste and nutrients when dehydrated and their shelf-life actually decreases!
- Olives. Unless you want some tasteless olive mush, don’t bother.
- Condiments. Store bought sauce will go rancid and the sugars will caramelize in the process and ruin the taste anyway.
- Avocados. These fruits are no good for dehydration due to their high fat content. Freeze them, instead.
- High fat meats. If you want to dehydrate meat, buy lean cuts and it makes for excellent jerky but high fat content means it will go rancid and even before then, it just won’t be very nice.
- Eggs. With plenty of good fats in them, eggs make lousy candidates for dehydration and can lead to food poisoning. If you want to keep them in the long-term pickle or can them.
Final Thoughts On Food You Should Not Dehydrate
Dehydrating is a great way to preserve some food stuffs and not so great at others, as long as you avoid the food you should not dehydrate on our list above, you should be fine using a dehydrator on everything else.
If you’re looking to get into dehydrating food but you can’t lay your hands on a dehydrator, why not try drying some herbs, first.