Whether you are a gardener with an extra-large crop or you love to shop sales, dehydrators for meats, fruits and vegetables provide you with a simple way to preserve fresh food. Dehydrated foods, like strawberries, are a healthy alternative to prepared foods you buy in the grocery store, and dehydrated food is portable enough to take with you while you are on the go.

Preparing food for dehydrating is a simple process. You have the option of slicing foods and dehydrating the slices, or you can puree food to make leather, such as fruit leather. You can also make jerky in food dehydrators. Simply slice the cut of meat to the desired thickness and marinate it to add flavor before dehydrating. When dehydrating sliced fruits, you can dip the slices in a mixture of lemon juice and water to preserve the bright, just-picked color of the food. To stay organized, use a yogurt maker that doubles as a bread proofer, and use the appliance to make your own fresh bread. A bread proofer is a must-have if you make sourdough, or other fermented, breads. With a few simple tools, you can make a variety of homemade foods that provides you and your family with healthy snacks and meals.