I have had a dehydrator for a little while now and thought id share my experiences so far with you all.
I have used it a few times now for dehydrating fruit and once, this week, I attempted a couple of meals.
Ill start with fruit: I've now dried apple wedges, banana slices, kiwi fruit slices, sweet potato chips and cherry tomato halves. Over all I was very happy with them all. The apple, banana and kiwi were all amazing, really great tasting snack food. The tomatoes are good but very rich in flavour so I can only eat a few at a time. The sweet potato I sliced very very thinly (raw) and then lightly oiled (olive) and salted them. They turned out super crunchy and tasted great!
As far as meals go, I've tried two so far with 50% success. I tried a chicken and mushroom risotto and a dahl.
The risotto I simply spread out a small serve, shredded the chicken with a fork and cut the mushrooms a bit smaller i dehydrated and added hot water to rehydrate. The chicken was chewy and the sticky rice was terrible. The peas and mushrooms worked well. at least that's one plus that I can apply to another meal in the future.
The dahl (thick lentil soup for those who don't know. Despite the sound of it, can be extremely delicious) consisted of lentils, tomatoes, pumpkin, onion and a few other ingredients for flavour. I also cooked a serve of white rice.
I spread out a serve of dahl on a tray and the rice on another and dehydrated. Once complete, the dahl was a brittle plate that I broke up and blended into a fine powder, then combined with the rice.
Rehydrated, I could not taste a flavour difference between the freshly cooked meal. I was amazed. The only thing I would do different next time would be to keep the rice separate, rehydrate that first, and then add the powder as the rice was a little chewy. A definite winner that I will use regularly.
Another option that I have considered is to make the dahl with more water and thicken with chick pea flour (24% protein) for a nutrient boost.
If anyone is interested, I will post the recipe here for you to try.
I'd like to see more discussion on dehydrating meals as the forum seems very quiet in that regard even though it's a great way to save weight and enjoy good food!!
Thanks for reading