An economical way to make dehydrated meals and snacks from your own fresh produce.
Fowlers Vacola is a name synonymous with food preserving in Australia, having marketed well known bottling kits here for many years.
A lesser known, but no less effective product is the Ultimate Dehydrator 4000, with which the home enthusiast or beginner can make their own delicious dried fruits, fruit leathers, meat jerkies and also entire meals. This is obviously a boon to the camping hunter who can stock their food bags with almost entire menus for week-long hunts or longer. Victorian sambar hunters who have to walk in to set up a base camp come to mind.
The beauty of home dried foods is that you know what goes into them; home dried fruits do not have bitter sulphur added to preserve them, but lemon juice for the same purpose makes a much more healthy and wholesome snack than store-bought products.
The Dehydrator 4000 is a most reliable unit that, very importantly, dries evenly right through the food on the trays that stack neatly one upon the other – there are no hot spots that you can get in more basic units. This means that you can leave the dryer on overnight and come back to perfectly dried food in the morning.
This particular model is most versatile in being able to dry up to a 12 tray stack, totalling 6kg of “wet” food. The resulting dehydrated food, depending upon what it is, will weigh from one tenth to one quarter of the weight of the original product and it will store in zip-loc bags in the freezer or fridge for a very long time.