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Why dried food?

Food drying – fast, economic and easy!

Are you one of many who turn to food dehydration as a way of eating more healthy food? Are you a gardener who always has a large harvest? Do you like hiking and camping? If you answered yes to some of these questions, you are probably interested in learning more about dried food. The use of food dehydrators at homes becomes increasingly popular in among all generations. Besides food dryers, there are other drying methods, such as electrical oven, gas over or air and sun drying. However, none of them works as effectively and efficiently as food dryers. Drying or dehydration is a simple food preservation technique which removes moisture, thus preventing the growth of organisms, such as yeast cells and bacteria.

Dehydration removes water, concentrating natural fragrances, sweetness and aroma in your fruits. Excalibur dehydrators can be used for a number of food items, including:

  • Fruit
  • Vegetable
  • Herbs
  • Meat
  • Seeds
  • Cheese
  • Yoghurt

Now, you may think that food drying is a demanding process that involves many steps and requires lots of time. The opposite is true, with the high-quality Excalibur dryer, food dehydration is considerably less time-consuming than bottling or freezing. In a few minutes, you can cut and arrange food items on the tray. Then you just set up the Excalibur and let it do all the work for you!


Food dehydration is faster, easier and cheaper if you have a kitchen helper such as the Excalibur dryer. In three simple steps – cutting, drying and storing – you can have tasty fruit snack, spicy meat jerky, delicate herbs, spices and much more! Why not try to enrich your healthy lifestyle with dried foods?!

Drying is easy

A wide variety of fresh foods, such as fruits, vegetables, fish and other meat can be dehydrated. We can have these food items as nutritious snacks or reconstitute them for cooking and baking. Drying is easier than canning or freezing: you just rinse the items, cut them and place on trays in the dehydrator. Within a few hours, the foods are dry and ready for eating or further processing.

Drying can save your money

Owning an Excalibur dehydrator allows you to purchase and dry foods in peak seasons when prices are lowest - a great saving compared to the high cost of commercial dried products. Best of all, operating a dehydrator costs only a few crowns a days and dried foods don't require continual electricity to be maintained as with freezing.

Dried foods are tasty and nutritious

As food dries, natural food flavours and sugars tend to concentrate - giving dried foods a sweeter and stronger burst of flavour than fresh foods. Dried foods are nutritious, too! Drying preserves important nutrients that cooking often destroys. And since you don't add sugar or other additives, dried foods make delicious and healthy snacks for your family.

Dried foods are easy to store

Dried foods take up less space than canned or frozen foods because when you remove the moisture, food shrinks in size. They store in any convenient airtight container or pack and are lightweight - just right for lunchboxes, backpacks or camping trips.

What are nutrition benefits of dried fruits?

“Soft” dried fruits (apricots, raisins, dates, figs, plums...) are rich in carbohydrates and low fat. They are source of vitamins, fibre and minerals (vitamin A in the form of beta-carotene, vitamin E and niacin, as well as iron, magnesium...). Thanks to a great concentration of carbohydrates contained in a small amount of dried fruit, these foods are popular among athletes during or after work-out (mountain biking, hiking, walking, marathon running, etc.). Cranberries and raisins have the highest caloric value among these foods, followed by dates. Dried apricots are richest in potassium and sodium. Dried bananas have the highest magnesium content. Figs, on the other hand, contain most calcium. Source: The European Food Information Council


High fibre content

Dried fruits generally contain more fibre than the same-sized serving of their fresh counterparts. Fibre is important for our body, because it helps keep your digestive system running smoothly. Dried apricots, for example, contain 6. 5 g per cup, while fresh apricots contain just 3.1 g. Raisins are another example, with a cup of raisins containing 5.4 g of fibre versus just 1.4 g for seedless grapes.

Overview of dried food benefits

Benefits of foods preserved by drying can be summarized in a simple list:

  1. Unlike canning or freezing, the dehydration method has a minimal impact on the food nutritious value. Vitamin A (beta carotene), carbohydrate, fibre, potassium, magnesium, selenium and sodium values do not change or decrease during drying. On the contrary, they become concentrated. Caloric values remain the same or higher; however, the fat and salt percentage decreases. Home-made dried foods are free of pesticides and chemicals.
  2. Herbs, flowers, vegetables, fruits and meats can be preserved, stored, and consumed safely.
  3. Stored properly, dehydrated foods have a longer shelf life than any other preservation methods. If properly sealed and left unopened, dehydrated foods can sit on your shelf for up to 20 years.
  4. Thanks to their low volume, dehydrated foods save space in your pantry or cupboard.
  5. Food drying is safer and less labour and time consuming than canning.
  6. Home dehydration is also much less expensive than purchasing commercially dehydrated, packaged products.
  7. Dehydrating your own fresh herbs and spices gives your favourite recipes an enhanced, potent flavour that commercially offered products are unable to deliver.
  8. Thanks to their low weight and easy storage, dehydrated foods are great for picnics, camping, or trips.
  9. The original food can be dehydrated and re-hydrated by adding water, broth or other liquids. You can make various soups using dried vegetables and mushrooms.

No hidden additives

One of the most important things about home food drying is the control over additives that come into foods by drying. Common dried fruits are treated with sulphur dioxide to achieve a more attractive colour. However, this procedure damages vitamins in the fruit and may cause various allergic reactions in sensitive people or children. Sulphured apricots, for example, have a beautiful orange colour and are soft. Non-sulphured apricots are dark and rather hard but contain more nutrients. With home drying, you can be sure that no undesirable substances come in contact with the foods.

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About dehydrators

Food drying dates back to ancient times when it was a necessity, not a culinary treat. Modern methods of food preservation through cooling, freezing, canning or pasteurization have almost replaced this ancient method. Despite all our food processing technologies, however, drying remains one of the most nutritious, safe, economic and taste-preserving way of food preservation.

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