Don’t Waste – Dehydrate!

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How much produce do you think gets wasted every year?

You wouldn’t believe that approximately 8 to 10 billion dollars of food is wasted each year in commercial and residential waste. I couldn’t believe my eyes… That’s around four million tonnes of food that ends up as landfill! And; between 20 and 40% of fruit and vegetables grown are rejected before they even reach the shops because they don’t meet supermarkets’ high cosmetic standards and specifications.

Do something about food waste they say – I say… Dehydrate! There are many ways to minimise food wastage and I of course enjoy saving any kind of produce I can by dehydrating them… Not only do I enjoy doing it, I love consuming dried produce as much as I like it fresh. Drying food in my opinion brings a whole new level of flavour to the table and you don’t have to worry about consuming it within the next week or so.

In the country every day I see loaded trees, bushes and vines with fruit and veg rotting away on the ground below their leaves. I see potential for some extra coin in their pockets by selling their fruits and vegetables dried and not just letting them rot away to complete waste.

Even supermarkets could dehydrate and sell dried fruit and veg to minimise their wastage and support natural, healthy snacks.

I find that when I come home from the local markets I always seem to go overboard with the produce I buy, but at the end of the day I always know that I can dehydrate my excess and then enjoy it at my own leisure rather than it being wasted from fresh.

The average 9 tray Sedona dehydrator is 600 watts and uses roughly 7 cents of power per hour. Dehydrated food can be stored for months or years depending on your personal preference. I don’t understand wasting nutritional produce when you can simply preserve the goodness by dehydrating!

2 thoughts on “Don’t Waste – Dehydrate!”

    • Cut kumquats in half, remove seeds and press the outside of the halved kumquats, inverting the peel and pushing out the pulp center. Place them on dehydrator trays peel side down so that the juicy bits do not get the trays unnecessarily sticky. Dehydrate on 57 degrees Celsius for roughly 6 hours or until desired texture is achieved. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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