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Preparing healthy snacks using the electric food dryer

The Electric Food Dryer may sound alien to some. But it is getting more popular nowadays because we are now more health conscious in our diet choices. I have read quite a number of reviews before I decided to get one. So it is now time for me to contribute my own review.
First and foremost, let me give you a brief history of food drying.  This is an ancient method of food preservation. The drying process will get rid of moisture in the food so that there is not enough water for the bacteria to grow. Some will dip their food in salt water before drying to prolong the preservation process; think of your salted fish.

Food drying is largely dependent on your climate. I have seen the older folks trying to dry their chrysanthemums outside their TCM shop; it is possible to dry out herbs in our Singapore climate. But because of our high humidity, it is rather difficult to dry them well. You can dry herbs and flowers but it's not easy to dry food such as strawberries and bananas. Some websites suggest to use a conventional oven for drying out food - but nowadays it's not easy to find one which can maintain a temperature as low as 70 degrees celsius. Besides, an oven consumes more electricity than the food dryer and you need to keep it operating for 4-8 hours. So it is not economical to use an oven.

To cut my long story short. I am sold on getting an electric food dryer. I wanted one to dry snacks for my baby, meat jerkies for my dog and potpourri for myself. Since this is an experimental gadget for myself, i don't intend to invest too much money on it. I found Shinil food dryer from Qoo10 at a bargain price of SGD 52. Not bad for something that has so many functions, right?



This is how it looks like. It has several layers for you to place your sliced food on top. The recommended thickness is 0.5 cm. For this experiment, I have prepared strawberries and ikan bilis.

I have boiled the ikan bilis in water to remove the salt and then dry it using the electric food dryer. This is meant for my baby's porridge so I prefer it to be less salted.


The next tray goes on top. Because the dried fish will shrink in size so some of it fell between the crevices onto the strawberry tray. I will add some aluminium foil the next time I do this. There is a lid on top (missing in the photo).


The dried specimens look great. It took 4 hours for them to dry to a crispy texture.


And I took my blender to grind it into powder. This kenwood blender serves me very well for the past 10 years!


And these are the products! I will try to make salmon jerkies and potpourri the next round. More healthy snacks on the way...

Verdict: Not bad. It's a bulky equipment so prepare to save some storage space for the food dryer.





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