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Drying is the oldest way of preserving food known to man. Flavour, aroma and nutrients are all locked in – in fact, because the water is removed, the taste of dried produce is often more intense. Making super tasty and rather wholesome nibbles and snacks, aromas are concentrated and vitamins and minerals perfectly preserved.
There is a multitude of uses for dried produce. Dried fruits make delicious and wholesome snacks, ideal for packed lunches, and are an excellent addition to breakfast cereals without re-hydration. They can be used in cakes, pies, fruit salads and anywhere where fresh fruit is used. Dried vegetables can be used in place of fresh produce, substituting your own stored produce for frozen or imported varieties. Dried herbs and edible flower petals can be used for herbal teas, or bespoke herb mixtures, or added to sea salt crystals with herb seeds and snippets of dried onion or garlic for an aromatic seasoning.
What can I dry?
How do I dry?
Unlike drying in an oven, our Fruit & Vegetable Drier is built for the job. It circulates warm dry air evenly, venting the moist air as it dries – no more sticky ovens and soggy, half-dried fruit! The trays are solid plastic, non drip and easy to clean, perfect dried fruit and veg. Drying times vary from 2-3 hours for herbs to around 4-8 hours for apples. The temperature and timer controls enable the drier to be left unattended until the drying time is up.
How do I store my dried produce?
After drying, cool your produce and simply store in airtight jars or heat/vacuum-sealed bags in a cool dry place.
What have others said about the Drier?
The Drier was put “on test” by Dave Finkle in the September issue of Grow Your Own magazine: “The product comes with four drying trays, but a further two can be purchased separately for maximum output. Very neat and simple for the operator, the two control dials are foolproof. What really appeals to me are the benefits of drying. Vitamins in the food are completely unharmed unlike other methods and drying food certainly saves on storage space. Fully loaded it costs around 30p per dried batch to run. Complete with instructions for a variety of products, you can’t get it wrong… With the added benefit of a timer, it means you can leave it to get on with the job while you are back out on your plot.”
Anne Somerset Miles, independent food writer, said: “I acquired a food drier [from Vigo Presses] and started to experiment. The Fruit & Vegetable Drier is a smart, compact unit supplied with excellent instructions and guidance for use... My first attempts were with herbs and flowers... then I moved on to fruit... then to vegetables. As each batch came out of the drier, I nibbled; all was positively delicious... Now I have the pleasurable task of planning what I will grow and dry next year. Meanwhile the thought of all that food already squirreled away for winter use is making me seriously peckish!”
Once you have your drier, why not try out these tasty recipes. We're always after new recipes so if you have a favourite which includes dried fruit or vegetables in the ingredients, please email us at email@example.com.
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