Dried foods are those foods that have been dried without being cooked. Although these foods will still maintain some nutrients that they would have remained if kept in their raw form, they lose some of the vitamins and minerals. Dried foods are available at many fine restaurants, but you can also make your own at home. This allows you to have great tasting dried fruits, vegetables, cheeses, meats, spreads, potato chips, biscuits and more all at low cost.
Most dried foods are either fresh or dried fruits. Fresh fruit is the one we eat in our fresh form such as apples, oranges, strawberries, etc., while dried fruits are those that have been stored for some time and then used. Dried vegetables include carrots, potato slices, dried beans, peas, dried apricots and others. Dried fruits are also available in many different forms such as dried pineapple pieces, dried banana pieces, dried raisins, dried legumes such as dried peas, dried tomatoes, dried pineapples and more. There are so many possibilities when it comes to dried fruits and vegetables.
When making dried foods at home, the first thing you need to do is set the temperature and humidity to the proper level for what you are drying. You also need to account for the moisture content of what you are drying. The moisture content will affect the drying time and therefore affect the nutritional value of the dried food. Dried foods should be stored in an environment that maintains relative humidity of fifty percent soft dried coconut.
One of the advantages of drying your own dried foods is that it saves money because it is not necessary to buy expensive dehydrating equipment. Buying the equipment is unnecessary unless you are interested in making a lot of dried fruits and vegetables. You can find a variety of simple recipes on the internet that can be used for drying fruits and vegetables as well as other dry food items. In fact, some people prefer to make their own dehydrated goods rather than purchasing them from a store. For example, dried meats can be stored in an airtight container in the freezer.
The dried fruits and vegetables can be kept for up to two years if they are properly stored. If you are looking for a great snack idea, then dried fruit snacks such as apple chips are a great option. Apple chips are easy to make yourself at home. All you need is some apples, water, sugar, salt and a food preservation agent. You can also use honey, molasses, cinnamon, brown sugar or powdered sugar to give your apple chips a sweet taste.
If you decide to try out a food preservation method at home, you should invest in a good dehydrator or you can go to a local kitchen store to purchase one. These devices take some getting used to but are quite affordable. Dried foods can be stored in plastic bags in the freezer. These bags should be kept upright in a cool and dark place. Once a week, take the bags out of the freezer and wipe them off with a piece of paper towel in order to remove any excess moisture.