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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Book Review: The Dehydrator Bible

Whether you grow your own food, buy it locally from farmer's markets or farmstands or even buy it from a supermarket, seasonality still affects its price and abundance. Therefore, it makes sense to preserve food for those times when it's not as plentiful, or not available at all. Drying food is a wonderfully tasty and easy way to do this.

Title: The Dehydrator Bible
Authors: Jennifer MacKenzie, Jay Nutt & Don Mercer
Publisher: Robert Rose
ISBN: 978-0-7788-0213-6

The Dehydrator Bible is a comprehensive food dehydration book with 400 pages containing 400+ recipes and numerous color photos. The recipes cover dehydrating herbs & seasonings, fruits, vegetables, meats and fish.

The easy-to-follow drying instructions and time guidelines will make even a novice cook feel like a seasoned pro. Now that it's gardening season...you will want to plant extra rows of all of your favorite vegetables, fruits and herbs. Come harvest time, you can load them up in your dehydrator and preserve them for future use.

This book will teach you how to dehydrate cucumbers, onions, squash, green beans, cherries, bananas and everything in between. Once you get through all of those sections you will find delicious recipes that call for those types of ingredients. Recipes like: Apricot Almond Muffins,Cranberry Newtons, Banana Nut Oatmeal, Cornbread Johnny Cakes, Campfire Hash Browns, Viking Stew, Chicken & Potato Stew, Bean Fajitas, Pasta Sauce, Mac & Cheese, Cajun Shrimp & Rice, Stove-top Scalloped Potatoes, Raspberry Chocolate Pudding and many, many more!

I have a 7-tray food dehydrator that I've owned for about 5 years now. I know how to do some basic things with it but this book has really expanded my knowledge on what I can do with it. I am also an avid gardener and this book has given me all kinds of ideas on what I should be planting in my garden and what I can do with it when harvesting time comes.

Since receiving, I've read it cover-to-cover and bookmarked numerous pages. I can't wait until late summer when we begin harvesting our fruits and veggies. I will definitely be utilizing The Dehydrator Bible all season long as I dehydrate foods for the upcoming winter season. It's a comprehensive book that is great for the beginner or the experienced foodie.

Disclaimer: Shelly H. has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ.

1 comment:

jopb said...

I have been wanting to try to dehydrate foods for a while, so this sounds like the perfect book for me to learn about dehydration.