A number of years ago I went to a raw food class. None of the food they made needed a dehydrator, but as raw food cooks they did talk a lot about the advantages of owning a dehydrator. And I wondered if it was worth buying one.
I went home thinking I would buy one, but when I looked into them they were very expensive. I couldn’t really justify the price and so I carried on without one. As I’m always browsing through recipes I kept noticing recipes for dehydrators. I kept thinking that I’d like to try one, but again I wondered if it was worth the cost.
And then I found a cheap dehydrator. It didn’t have all the features of the top models but it was about one tenth of the price. I figured if I use it a couple of times and love it then I would spend the extra money on a full-featured one. And if I didn’t use it, I wasn’t out of pocket too much. It was similar to this one from Amazon. And it was around $50.
As soon as it arrived I set to work and dehydrated some banana and sweet potato. Both were easy to do and tasty, but they took a long time – around 12 hours. Something to keep in mind if you’re planning on using a dehydrator – you can’t make a snap decision to make something. Dehydrating takes planning.
I put the dehydrator away in the cupboard. It didn’t seem worth the time or hassle and I didn’t get it out again for a couple of years. Clearly, for me, it was not worth dishing out a fortune for an expensive model. Fast forward a couple of years to a cooking course and there’s a module on raw food, including many recipes utilising a dehydrator.
I decided to get my dehydrator out again.
One of the problems I had was that my dehydrator is round and I thought that I had to keep the centre section free of anything so the air would circulate. When I made these corn burritos I cut some baking paper and only made the burritos small. I really wanted to try something larger.
And with a bit of apprehension, I did. I decided to cover up the hole so I could make something large and round. And now I’m in love with my dehydrator.
I combined some dates, banana and cacao, spread it into a round ‘crepe’ shape and dehydrated them for 12 hours. And they were amazing.
I’m going to stick with my cheap version for now, and I’m happy with the few features that it has. It may not be as big and it may not be as square, but I can dehydrate raw cacao and banana crepes. I’m going to try the burritos again and I’ll also try pizza bases.
If you’re thinking of buying a dehydrator but don’t want to spend a fortune, do what I did and buy a cheap version and see if you get some use out of it before forking out the big bucks for a top of the line model.
And just to make you drool, this is how the crepes finished up. I will make them again (to check the recipe) and then share it with you. Raw banana and cacao crepes with a whipped coconut yogurt and banana centre and raspberries.
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