One of the most frequent questions we get asked is “How do I make healthy meat jerky?”. Here is a selection of delicious jerky recipes you can make using your own food dehydrator, they are tried and tested and full of nourishing goodness!
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Jerky is an age-old, popular snack made from lean pieces of meat. It is dehydrated to slowly remove all of the water content, making it a lightweight and portable food which lasts for up to 2- 3 months! It’s lengthy shelf life makes it a winning snack amongst hikers, cyclists, travellers or anyone that’s on the go.
There is no science behind making any meat jerky in a food dehydrator, all you have to do is know what flavours you like, use fresh and nutritious ingredients and you can be assured of a healthy treat that can be eaten at any time.
The Drying Basics
Before you get stuck in, it is important to remember the following useful tips during each step of the dehydration process:
- The leaner the meat, the better the taste. Not only that, fatty meats will interfere with the drying times and will become rancid very quickly; this means that your jerky will have a very short shelf-life
- The thicker you slice your meat the longer it will take to dehydrate
- Keep each strip of meat as uniform
Making yoghurt at home is super easy with the use of a food dehydrator! Rich in protein, calcium and probiotics; yoghurt is often thought of as a ‘superfood’ due to its ability to reduce fat (due to its high calcium content) and improve digestion - we can thank the good bacteria for that.
Freshly-made yoghurt is filled with countless numbers of beneficial bacteria that will help aid digestion and the probiotics will assist in boosting your immune system. Other health benefits from fresh yogurt include the reduction of high blood pressure, heart health, decreased bloating, as well as relief of both constipation and diarrhea and other stomach disorders.
The secret to good yoghurt is that it contains live cultures. There are four major strains of bacteria to look for: L. acidophilus, L. bulgaricus, S. thermophilus, and bifidobacteria.
Benefits of Making Yoghurt at Home
- Simple and easy to make at home using a food dehydrator
- No added preservatives - know exactly what you’re putting into your homemade yoghurt
- High quality / low cost - make large quantities of organic yoghurt for a fraction of the price of store-bought tubs!
Food Dehydrator Yoghurt Recipe
- 1litre full cream milk (organic if possible)
- 1 small tub yoghurt (approx 2 heaped tablespoons)
Pour milk into a saucepan and stir constantly over a medium heat until it reaches 85°c. Keep a close eye on the milk to ensure it does not boil and doesn't stick to the bottom of the pan.
A fruit leather or fruit roll up is such a simple, easy and healthy snack to have in the pantry for times when you’re craving something a little sweet but want to stay away from processed store bought sweets.
What is a fruit leather or fruit roll up? It’s ultimately whole blended fruit which is poured into a thin layer and then dried out. You can think of it like making a fruit smoothie and drying it out. Fruit leathers are commonly made up of a mixture of fruits that are blended together, however other ingredients can be added to enhance flavours and make unique combinations such as yoghurt (to give the roll ups a creamy texture) and spices such as cinnamon (to add a kick of flavour and difference to the everyday fruit roll up recipe).
The best tools to have when making fruit roll ups are a good quality blender and a food dehydrator. A blender will allow you to whip the ingredients together in just a few moments and give you a beautiful smooth texture. Also, by using a blender there is no need to stew the fruits over a stove prior to straining or pureeing. You simply put the raw ingredients into a blender and the work is done for you. These ‘raw’ fruits retain their living enzymes and nutrients as they have not been exposed to heat through the often lengthy ‘stewing’ process.
The food dehydrator replaces an oven in the fruit roll up making process. A food dehydrator usually costs about 4 cents an hour to run compared to an oven which costs around 60 cents an hour to run. This adds up when the average time taken to make a fruit leather