Don’t you just love fruit? I have to admit that I have a little bit of a sweet tooth. Recently, we have been hearing a lot about the damaging effects of a high sugar diet. As well as causing health conditions like diabetes and heart disease, sugar is also incredibly addictive. Studies have shown that sugar lights up our brains in the same way as cocaine – who would have thought it? As you will find high sugar items in a wide range of supermarket snacks, this scientific research scares me a little. It shows that we need to be mindful about the amount of sugar we eat daily – although, that doesn’t mean we have to cut it out completely.
THE DEHYDRATOR BIBLE is exactly what I hoped it would be when I ordered it: An excellent dehydrating reference and recipe book that supplements the brief “getting started” guide that accomplies most dehydrators.
Dried fruits are among the healthiest alternatives to refined sugar, and they are a very good way to satisfy a sweet craving. While many manufacturers make use of the natural sugar obtained from fruit, called fructose, to sweeten their products, consuming fruit itself in moderation is a great way to get needed nutrients and vitamins. Dried fruit is a quick and delicious way to get those same benefits during an active, fast-paced day.
Henry Homeyer, life-long organic gardener and author, recently posted an article on how to extend the life of this years bountiful harvest. Henry who recently purchased an Excalibur Dehydrator has found the perfect solution for drying his fruit.
Fruit rolls are a favorite snack for young and old alike. It is a chewy fruit product made from pur degrees ed fresh fruit canned or frozen, which has been dried and rolled into snack sized pieces. Most fruits can also be combined with others. Some fruits, such as apples, are high in pectin and fiber, and have an excellent texture when dried. Use fresh fruit in season. You can also use slightly overripe fruits, irregularly shaped fruits, or slightly bruised fruits that would be unsuitable for canning or drying. Some fruits, such as citrus, should be used in combination with other fruits because they have so much liquid and very little pulp. If you find that a fruit is too runny, combine it with apple, applesauce or a similar fruit that will give it more substance. When fresh fruits are not available, canned or frozen fruits (either sweetened or un-sweetened) can be used. Simply drain the liquid, and pour the fruit into the blender. Applesauce can be taken directly from the container for wonderful fruit rolls.