Not a lot of people own a food dehydrator, and the reason for this is because they don’t think they need it. Another reason is because people wanting to save money wouldn’t actually buy an appliance that has only one function. With all due respect, people who think this way are wrong. Almost everybody actually needs a food dehydrator and having one will save you money.
A food dehydrator will extend foods’ shelf life
How many times have you taken bowls of forgotten food out your fridge? Almost-rotten fruits and vegetables also top the list, and they go straight to the garbage. Having a food dehydrator will actually let you save these. At the end of the day, check your fridge and look for foods that are nearing expiration. Throw them into the dehydrator and you’ve just extended their shelf life for months.
You won’t have to buy expensive snacks
There are a lot of wonderful snacks that you make with a food dehydrator. Start from beef jerky into sweet fruit leathers. As you go along, you’d find dozens of other snacks that you can make with the machine. This is a wonderful way to stack up your snack pantry. Not only do these allow you to save money but they’re very healthy too.
You can stock up on herbs and spices
Some herbs and spices can be really expensive when bought from the grocery. There were actually a couple of times when I omitted them from my dish because they’re too expensive. You can start by planting a number of different herbs in your backyard for a small cost. If having a garden is not an option, you can always buy them fresh and then dehydrate them (fresh herbs always cost less).
Decrease price of camping food
If you often go to camping and hiking with friends or family, chances are you spend a lot of money on camping food. Buying packed food or buying them on the way to the trail can be very expensive – they’re even expensive even when you pack them at home but didn’t prepare them yourself.
Making camping food at home can save you tons. It’s actually like you’re just buying regular food except that there’s the added benefit of being able to take it to camping or hiking.
One favorite among hikers and campers is beef jerky. This is super easy to make with a food dehydrator plus you can decide on how you want it to taste too!
Dehydrated food is healthy which means savings on medical insurance and hospital bills
Dehydrated food is actually one of the latest trends to hit the vegan world. This is because the enzyme is still intact on these kinds of food, which allows the body for easier digestion, more energy, etc. There is no doubt that eating dehydrated food results in a healthier lifestyle, and this result in less medical conditions.
Use the dehydrator for making inexpensive gifts
One of the pressures of Holidays is buying gifts for people. While I enjoy shopping, there’s also the worry of adding more debts to my credit card. By having a dehydrator, I can make fruit chips and give them as gifts. I can also use the machine to dry flowers and use them as decorations for home-made cards.
Buying in bulk will save you more
I’ve always wanted to buy in bulk since it’s cheaper, but I worry that we may not be able to consume the all food before they go bad. With a dehydrator, I can buy as much as I want and then preserve them through dehydrating.
Save on air fresheners
Nothing beats a good-smelling room, but I’m not really into buying commercial air fresheners for two reasons: it’s expensive and I’m not comfortable with the idea of spraying chemicals right where my children play. By drying a batch of fruits and/ or vegetables drenched in essential oils, I can instantly make a room smell good. I often put them on a plate or a bowl and just leave it in a room.
Save on sweets
Some people are sweet-tooth, they can’t live without eating anything sweet. If you have a child who loves eating sweets, it can be expensive and unhealthy too. Through dehydrating, fruits actually get sweeter. You can also make sweet treats without using sugar such as fruit leathers. This would allow you to save money compared to buying sweets from the store.
Let’s you save gas
Not a lot of people understand that going back and forth to buy supplies waste a lot of gas. This is why it’s more practical to buy everything you need in one go and minimize driving to the store as much as possible. Since you can buy in foods in bulk and preserve them using your food dehydrator, you don’t have to go back and forth to the store.
You can make money too
Of course, making money is better than saving. There are actually a lot of ways that you can earn money through dehydrating food. One good idea is selling them. Make jerky, chips and fruit leathers. If you or your husband is into hunting, you can always dehydrate the meat (there’s always too much meat after hunting!) and then sell them. A friend of mine does this, and the money actually paid for his food dehydrator and his hunting license!