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Does Dehydrating Food Remove Nutrients?

Does Dehydrating Food Remove Nutrients?

Did you know that each time you handle your food it loses a little more of its nutritional value?  It’s true. Simple food handling, such as peeling an orange or slicing an apple, is a nutrient killer. Additionally, time, light, air, and moisture can threaten the nutrient content of your food. Of course, cooking kills nutrients as well.  The process of preserving food kills vital nutrients. Depending on how you buy your food, how old it is, and how much...
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How to Make Dog Treats in a Dehydrator

How to Make Dog Treats in a Dehydrator

Our furry friends are members of the family.  I love making them homemade pet treats are a healthy alternative to store-bought treats. There are several reasons why making pet treats yourself is practical, and a food dehydrator is a great tool to use.  First, dehydrated pet treats are much healthier than store brands are.  There have also been several scares due to recalls on pet treats in recent years. Many store brands claim to be “all-natural” but typically contain unnatural...
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What’s the Best Dehydrator for Jerky?

What’s the Best Dehydrator for Jerky?

Jerky is delicious and can be very nutritious.  Unfortunately, most store-bought brands of jerky are unhealthy and expensive.  Not only is it much more economical to make your own jerky, but you can avoid the harmful MSG, high-sodium levels, nitrates, preservatives, fillers and additives prevalent in store-bought packages by making your own jerky at home. By making your own jerky, you’ll also kill off any bacteria that thrive in the moisture in the meat.  By dehydrating your meat, you’re basically...
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Best Sandwich Toaster With Removable Plates

Best Sandwich Toaster With Removable Plates

Sandwich toasters are ideal for many homes.  First, sandwich toasters are much cheaper than some of the pricier sandwich contraptions, such as panini presses.  And though sandwich toasters are a little less versatile than panini presses, sandwich toasters can still be used in a wide range of ways. In this post, we will answer the question – which is the best sandwich toaster with removable plates.  If you’re in a hurry, I like the . Before purchasing a sandwich toaster, you’ll...
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What is a Panini Press?

What is a Panini Press?

Examining the Electric Panini Press As you will see, panini presses are awesome kitchen appliances and are very versatile cooking tools. It’s a two-sided sandwich grill. In its simplest use, a panini press grills and presses your sandwich simultaneously.   Think of it as two grills on opposite sides pressing and grilling large, oddly shaped sandwiches neatly and evenly.  However, depending on how creative you dare to be, a panini press can be used in a variety of unique ways. Sandwich maker...
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Best Yogurt Maker for SCD Diet

Best Yogurt Maker for SCD Diet

  Yogurt is both delicious and healthy.  Yogurt is a great source of calcium, protein, and B vitamins.  It’s also full of good bacteria our stomach needs to function properly.  Unfortunately, most store-bought yogurt is not allowed for on the SCD diet (Specific Carbohydrate Diet).  We certainly want to adhere to our dietary requirements, but we shouldn’t deprive ourselves of the many of benefits that yogurt provides.  What is the Specific Carbohydrate Diet? The specific carbohydrate diet is a fairly...
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Best Baking Stone for Bread

Best Baking Stone for Bread

Most of us don’t have a brick oven at home, but we can still get that great brick oven taste if we bake our bread on a baking stone.  However, if bread is something we’re going to be baking a lot of, we need to find the right stone. There are certain qualities that we’ll be looking for in our baking stone, such as thickness, material, and size.  Sure, you could probably use just about any old pizza stone to...
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Best Pizza Stone for Gas Grill

Best Pizza Stone for Gas Grill

A pizza stone would be the perfect accessory for your gas grill, and I highly recommend you get one if you don’t own one already.  After all, Imagine how impressed your friends will be at your next cookout when you serve them restaurant quality pizza fresh off the grill!  They will inevitably ask, “How’d you do that?”  And how will you answer?  Simply.  You will say, “I used my pizza stone.” What’s the Best Pizza Stone? In this article, I...
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How to Dehydrate Herbs

How to Dehydrate Herbs

Why Dry Your Herbs? First and foremost, drying herbs economically prudent.  As you may have noticed, both fresh and dried herbs can be rather expensive in the grocery store.  Dried herbs will maintain their potency for up to one year.  So whether you’re growing your own herbs or buying them fresh, drying them just makes sense.  All you need is air circulation. Perhaps a more important reason to dry your herbs is safety.  Dried herbs are safe from yeast, mold...
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Best Way to Store Dehydrated Food

Best Way to Store Dehydrated Food

Dehydrating your own food is a great way to make healthy snacks for your family, or to preserve the summer harvest.  In this article, I cover the best way to store dehydrated food and provide some tips that I have found to work well. Introduction to Food Dehydration Food dehydration is a wonderful way to preserve your food.  A wide variety of foods can be dehydrated.  Many homesteaders and disaster preppers (and just smart people) have been doing this for years....
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