I am a big fan of jerky and dried fruits and vegetables but do not want to purchase ready-made products that are full of chemical additives or preservatives. I have always wanted to try my hand at making homemade beef jerky but was afraid that it would be too difficult. I recently had the opportunity to test a food dehydrator from Sahara Dehydrator.com and I am so thrilled with the outcome that I can’t wait to tell you more about these wonderful food dehydrators!
I received a Sahara Gold 1000 6 Tray Food Dehydrator and immediately decided to make my own organic beef jerky. I purchased a lean three pound organic London broil roast which my butcher agreed to slice very thin. I made a marinade using soy sauce, honey, fresh garlic and ginger and allowed it to marinade for 24 hours.
The Sahara Gold 1000 Food Dehydrator is commercial grade and was extremely easy to use. I simply followed the instructions to heat up the unit using the adjustable thermostat, placed the strips of meat on the trays and then set the automatic timer (you can set it for up to 40 hours). In 4 1/2 hours, my beef jerky was ready to eat and it was absolutely delicious!
The options are virtually limitless with the Sahara Food Dehydrators. I have also made banana chips sprinkled with cinnamon that are a healthy snack that my kids love to eat. Another hit are the dehydrated apples that I soak in a lemon juice and water mixture to keep the apples from turning brown and then I sprinkle with a dash of pie spice. It has a wonderful chewy texture that is a hit with my family and perfect to pack for lunches on the go.
As a busy mom, I really appreciate that this food dehydrator is so easy to use, is dishwasher safe and easy to clean, saves time and money and is a great way to make healthy and tasty food and snacks for my family. I can’t wait to dehydrate the excess vegetables in our fall organic garden and see what creative mixes we can make from our bounty.
If you have considered purchasing a food dehydrator then I highly recommend visiting Sahara Dehyrator.com. The products are commercial grade but the models are very affordable…..don’t miss out on their current sale with prices starting at only $139 with free shipping!
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