Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook, The: The Complete Guide to Drying Food, Plus 398 Recipes, Including Making Jerky, Fruit Leather & Just-Add-Water Meals
Before I begin, let's first look at the description as posted on Amazon:
The dehydrator is an incredibly useful tool for long-term food storage and making the most of your garden harvest. The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook contains everything you need to know to get the greatest value from a home dehydrator.You may already notice that in that description alone, it tells you to expect many how-to's, tips, and a lot of recipes...which we love!
Includes tips on selecting a dehydrator, as well as proper sanitation, storage, and rehydration techniques Individual entries on how to dehydrate all manner of berries, fruits, vegetables, greens, herbs, and edible flowers include information on how to prep, dehydration temperatures, and times Includes recipes for making your own teas, herb blends and rubs, flavored oils, instant baby food, jerky, and fruit leathers Includes nearly 400 recipes for cooking from your dehydrator pantry. There is an entire chapter dedicated to slow cooker recipes using dehydrated ingredients and one on dehydrated meals for backpackers and campers
But who are these authors that teamed up to share this wisdom? Let's just find that out real quick too:
"Tammy Gangloff is an expert and leading authority on food dehydration. She is the face of, and the knowledge and information behind, Dehydrate2Store.com, a leading online resource in food dehydration education. A stay at home mother of four, she is a strong believer in self-reliance and home preparedness, and avidly researched and practiced food canning, freezing, and dehydrating. Most interested in food dehydration, and unsatisfied with the resources available to her to learn the art, she began dehydrating foods full time and developing her own techniques. With her four dehydrators running day and night, Tammy has attempted to dehydrate nearly every available fruit, vegetable, and herb sold in the United States. Tammy first gained widespread recognition through her instructional YouTube videos, and then through the development of Dehydrate2Store. She has since spoken on numerous talk radio shows and podcasts, and has been published in interviews in printed newspapers and online. She has also led talks at preparedness expositions, and served as an expert Technical Editor for The Complete Idiot's Guide: Dehydrating Foods. Her fan base through Dehydrate2Store and YouTube includes tens of thousands of Internet followers, and a reach of millions of viewers in the United States and beyond.
Steven Gangloff is a currently pursuing his MD at the University at Buffalo School of Medicine. He graduated top of his class with a degree in Biology and Chemistry with Research Thesis Honors distinction from SUNY Fredonia, and has extensive research experience in genetics and molecular cell biology at SUNY Fredonia and Harvard Medical School. Having additional interests in business, web design, and food science, Steven became the founder/CEO of Dehydrate2Store. Steven also served as an expert Technical Editor for The Complete Idiot's Guide: Dehydrating Foods and writes periodically and performs research and development, video direction and production, and site coordination for Dehydrate2Store
September Ferguson is a stay at home mother of 3 rowdy boys, and holds a degree in Fashion Technologies with interests in business management. Through her mother, September gained a strong interest in food dehydration, particularly in food processing, storage, and dehydration tools and equipment. September is also involved in recipe development and testing for the home food dehydrator."
Get all that? Good. Now let's get to my review:
When I first received the book, I was already intrigued by the part of the title that mentioned 398 recipes. That alone is a lot of recipes, but for dehydrating food that is huge! I mean how many things can you really dehydrate and/or make with dehydrated food? ...Apparently tons!
This is not just some book. It truly is "The Ultimate Dehydrator Cookbook", but also so much more. Besides giving you a mega list of recipes, it teaches you how dehydration works, how dehydration effects the nutrients of the foods, safe dehydrating techniques and how to prevent some of the most common food borne illnesses. Even without the recipes the book is truly worth the price, with those tips alone!
Now I am no pro, but I have been dehydrating for a few years now and I was shocked to find that there was so much that I didn't even know. So whether you are a newbie to dehydrating or a seasoned vet, I guarantee that you will learn new, amazing and inspirational things that you will not find in any other book of this genre.