Author(s): Michelle Keogh
A food dehydrator is a versatile kitchen appliance that enables you to easily preserve large quantities of fresh foods and create healthier versions of grocery store treats. Not only can you and your family snack healthier and add variety to your diet, you can save money at the same time! The snack recipes in Dehydrating at Home are a perfect solution for busy families who do not want to compromise when it comes to health and nutrition. Dehydrating at Home features easy recipes for the beginner such as Dried Nectarines, Strawberry-Apple Fruit Leather, or Dried Tomatoes. It also features a wide variety of recipes that take dehydrating to the next level such as Polka Dot Fruit Roll Ups, flatbreads, cookies, and yogurt. The majority of the recipes are inspired by fresh seasonal ingredients that develop upon the ingredients' innate deliciousness. Dehydrating at Home emphasises foods that store well for months in addition to being easy to grab on your way out the door to school, work, sporting events, or a walk in the woods. The Herbs Seasonings chapter is an exception to this rule, but its simple recipes strive to make your time in the kitchen easier and more fruitful.
Once you learn what to look for in a dehydrator, how to prepare your foods for dehydrating, and how to store your bounty, your dehydrator can become a major player in your kitchen that can save you a great deal of money as well as produce foods that are much fresher and tastier than their supermarket counterparts.
MICHELLE KEOGH is an author, chef, recipe developer and food stylist from Australia. She has over 20 years experience as a chef; running kitchens, restaurants and writing menus. She has spent the last seven years writing recipes and styling food for various publishers and advertising, editorial and commercial clients. She is passionate about all areas of food and cooking and is constantly reading, learning and experimenting. Michelle has written books for Penguin Publishers (Trifle and Bundt Cake), and worked on hundreds of titles for R&R Publications, Hinkler Books and McRae Publishing; food styling, recipe writing and testing. She also develops recipes and styles food for many other clients for commercial use, and in advertising and magazines. Her personal food interests lean towards wholefood cooking, seasonal and sustainable produce and trying new ingredients, but she also loves the creativity of cake decorating and chocolate making. KARIELYN TILLMAN is a freelance recipe developer, food photographer and creator of The Healthy Family and Home website where her focus is on simple recipes, using real food and clean ingredients. Her motto is "eat like it matters...because it does!" She is passionate about helping others learn about reading food labels, avoiding GMO's, processed foods and learning about what's in the foods they eat. One of the unique features on her website is "5 Fast Facts" where she lists the health benefits of each ingredient included in her recipes so you can not only learn what's not in the foods you eat, but feel good about what is in the foods you eat. She is the author and photographer of the eCookbook series Clean Eating: Desserts, Snacks, Smoothies and more! which features the most popular clean eating recipes from her website that are organic, vegan, gluten-free, and refined sugar-free.