As a restaurant owner, it can be easy to get busy with employees and marketing, and forget about keeping the quality of your food high. Unfortunately, if you order from the wrong food vendor, you might not end up with dishes that you can be proud of. When I opened my first place, I chose my first vendor based completely on price, which was a mistake. Instead of turning out fresh, delicious food everyday, I found myself struggling to hang onto customers. I want you to avoid making the same mistakes I did, which is why I want to teach you about the importance of food vendors.
The removal of moisture from fresh products will reduce bacteria and provide you with a viable way to preserve products that aren't going to be consumed right away. Herbs, fruits, and vegetables can be dehydrated in a solar unit and enjoyed throughout months when it is too cold to plant or harvest crops.
A solar food storage dehydrator operates solely off of natural sunlight. During the drying process, a minimal amount of nutrient content is lost, in comparison to the amount lost through the canning or freezing process that is used in commercial facilities. A dehydrator contains a racking system, a case, and several storage trays.
The trays may include a clear cover design, which will allow sunlight to filter through. A dehydrator may consist of a wooden or metal frame and removable trays. When you are ready to dehydrate food items, wash and slice each product that you harvested outdoors. Place food in each self-contained storage tray. Set the trays outdoors in a sunny area, making sure that the clear covers are facing upward.
The amount of time that a dehydrator needs to be used will fluctuate, based upon the density of each food that is being processed. You do not need to be concerned about how long food products are left in a dehydrator since it is not possible to dry something out too much.
Consider how many products you would like to dry during each dehydration session, to guide you in choosing a unit that contains plenty of storage space. Although you can leave dehydrated products in the unit for a while, you will eventually want to transfer the dried foods to a more permanent storage area.
Glass jars that are typically used to can preserves, Ziploc bags, and plastic storage tubs can be used to store food products. Place products inside of a pantry or on a shelf that is located in an area that is dark and dry. Enjoy using the dried foods when creating a variety of dishes. Your dehydrator may come with a recipe booklet that will help you discover some new ways to enjoy preserved foods.
After each use of the unit and the removal of the dried ingredients, use soapy water and a sponge to clean out each storage compartment where food was temporarily housed. Dry each of the storage trays, prior to sliding them back into the unit.