Food drying is a process of food preservation where food is dried in an oxygen-free environment. Dried foods are used for many reasons. For instance, it can be a way of preserving food that you would have otherwise thrown away. Dried foods are also used to prevent spoilage of food products and as a preservative.
There are two different types of food drying. First, moist air-dry method, which uses low temperature, microwave or dehydrator to dry the food, and second, dry heat method, which requires more time but less temperature. Moist air-dry method uses the principles of chemical bonding and surface suspension of water molecules on the outer surface of dry materials. Dried heat method combines the first and second methods. This means that the moisture content is still present in dried foods.
The most common dried foods are meat, fish, vegetables, fruits and dried flowers. Meat is the most popular with food dehydrators. You can dry any kind of meat from beef, pork, chicken, turkey, venison, rabbit, goat, salmon and other sea fish to biltong and jerky. You can also use your dehydrator for fruits, vegetable, fresh fruit juices and nuts such as almonds, sunflower seeds, pistachios, walnuts and cashews. You can also use dried meats and mushrooms for breads and soups, as well as dried flower arrangements, fresh flowers and leaves soft dried orange.
Dried vegetables are used for salads, dehydrated tomatoes, vinaigrette dressings, dehydrated peas, dried herbs and spices for stews and chili. Dried shrimp is an exotic delicacy among many ethnic cuisines. Dried shrimp can be found in Asian, European and South American cuisines. Dried shrimp can also be used to make soups, stews, sauces, salads, desserts and ice cream. Dried fish is used in a variety of cuisines; it can also be found in Middle Eastern cuisine.
Dried fruits are popular as snacks and deserts. Dried mangoes, dried apricots, dried apples, dried pineapples are just a few of them. Dried shrimp, mangoes, pineapples and apples can be used to make a fun-filled desert. Dried shrimp, mangoes, pineapples and dried pineapple can also be used in chili recipes. Dried tomatoes, pears, oranges and limes are commonly used in Latin American cuisine.
Dried fruits can be stored for a long time if they are properly stored in airtight containers. Moisture content varies depending on the dried fruit. Sun drying is the best method of dehydrating food. The sun drying of fruits is the best way to preserve them. Dried fruit baskets can be bought in stores and online.