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Which Dehydrator Is The Best For You?

Which Dehydrator Is The Best For You?

Food dehydrators are an important addition to any kitchen, especially if you want to save money on food costs over time. With dehydrators, you can make lots of healthy snacks, from all-natural fruit roll-ups to crunchy kale chips. You can make your own jerky or powdered milk as well. Food dehydrators are an economical way to store food while keeping 90% of its nutritional value. This saves you time by making a large amount of food at once, and money in creating homemade recipes for half the cost of store-bought items.

There are a range of dehydrators to choose from at prices to fit any budget. Here are my top six favorite food dehydrators.

Ronco 5-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator

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    This is the least expensive option. It’s a great purchase for those who are hesitant to buy a pricier model.

    Price

    $26.26

    Rating

    3.2/5 (433 reviews)

    Pros:
    Limited 10-year warranty
    Quiet
    Small and light, fits anywhere
    Heats food up to 133 degrees Fahrenheit

    Cons:
    Longer drying time.
    Only five food trays = not a lot of surface area to dry food
    Trays not dishwasher safe

    It is true that you get what you pay for. If you want to get a lot of use out of your dehydrator, I would suggest paying for some of the heavy hitters at the end of this article. That said, some people aren’t sure how much they will use their dehydrators. If you need a place to dip your baby toe in, the Ronco Dehydrator is a low-cost exploration in the market.

    Nesco FD-75PR 600-Watt Food Dehydrator

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      The Nesco FD-75PR is a great buy for the price. You get a powerful fan and the ability to dry food quickly.

      Price

      $58.49

      Rating

      4.5/5 (444 reviews)

      Pros:
      Easy to clean
      Adjustable temp from 95 – 160 degrees Fahrenheit
      Compact
      Food flavors don’t mix
      No need to rotate trays
      Blocks UV lights to keep food nutrient quality higher

      Cons:
      No on / off switch
      Loud
      Takes up a lot of counter space
      No warranty advertised

      The Nesco FD-75PR is still affordable and gives you a lot of power for a relatively low cost.

      Waring Pro DHR20 525-Watt Food Dehydrator

      Waring Pro DHR20 525-Watt Food Dehydrator

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        If looks and kitchen style are important to you, this is your best option. Most dehydrators are more functional than fancy, but this dehydrator manages both well.

        Price

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        $60 – $130

        Rating

        4/5 (18 reviews)

        Pros:
        Attractive exterior, which is rare
        Top mounted fan
        Sealed trays so flavors don’t mix
        Dishwasher safe trays for easy clean up
        5-year warranty

        Cons:
        Can’t set exact temperature (just low, medium, and high)
        No timer to set it and forget it.
        Loud
        Takes up a lot of counter space

        The biggest drawback is the inability to set the air temperature. But, the Waring Pro DHR20 will definitely still do a great job preserving your food.

        L’ Equip Filter Pro 530-Watt Food Dehydrator

        LEquip FilterPro Food Dehydrator

          For the germophobic customer, the thought of filtering the air used for drying food just makes sense. This is a great buy for anyone wanting clean food at a great price.

          Price

          $120

          Rating

          4.6/5 (75 reviews)

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          Pros:
          7.2 Square Feet of space
          Can accommodate up to 20 trays
          Filters air before heating it to ensure clean air for clean food
          Set temperature between 95 – 155 degrees Fahrenheit
          Energy efficient
          24-month warranty

          Cons:
          Loud
          Takes up a lot of counter space

          With plenty of tray space and filtered air, you will enjoy making fresh recipes from L’ Equip Filter Pro for many years to come.

          Weston VegiKiln 600-Watt Food Dehydrator – $220

          Weston VegiKiln Tray Food Dehydrator

            This dehydrator gives you a lot of space, is energy efficient, and quiet. Since it takes several hours to dry food, silence is golden.

            Price

            From $105

            Rating

            4/5 (38 reviews)

            Pros:
            8 Square Feet of drying space
            No need to rotate trays
            Lots of power for the money
            Rear-mounted fan dries food evenly
            Very quiet
            Energy Efficient
            Can set thermostat from 84 – 155 degrees Fahrenheit
            Very light and compact for the amount of drying space available

            Cons:
            No timer
            No warranty advertised

            The Weston VegiKlin is a quality product that works so quietly that you won’t notice anything but the amazing aroma in your kitchen.

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            Excalibur 2900 600-Watt Dehydrator – $250

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              Excalibur is the most trusted name in dehydrators, as it has been the market leader for 30 years. They must be doing something right. This is the dehydrator I own. I use it oI love it!

              Price

              $168

              Rating

              4.6/5 (395 reviews)

              Pros:
              Produced by a solid company making dehydrators for over 30 years
              9 trays = 15 square feet of drying space
              Rear mounted fan dries food evenly
              Easy to clean
              Can set thermostat and timer from 85 to 155 degrees Fahrenheit
              10-year warranty

              Cons:
              Size – takes up a lot of counter space
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              You can’t go wrong with Excalibur! They know dehydrators!

              No matter what dehydrator you choose, using this convenient method to store and create healthy foods will be an investment in your health.

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              Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

              Science Says Screaming Is Good For You

              There are many reasons why people might scream – they’re angry, scared, or in pain (or maybe they’re in a metal band!). Some might say that screaming is bad, but here’s why science says it’s good for you.

              “For the first time in the history of psychology there is a way to access feelings, hidden away, in a safe way and thus to reduce human suffering. It is, in essence, the first science of psychotherapy.” — Dr. Arthur Janov

              Primal Therapy

              Dr. Arthur Janov invented Primal Therapy in the late 1960’s. It is a practice that allows the patient to face their repressed emotions from past trauma head on and let those emotions go. This treatment is intended to cure any mental illness the patient may have that surfaced from this past trauma. In most cases, Primal Therapy has lead Dr. Janov’s patients to scream towards the end of their session, though it was not part of the original procedure. During a group therapy session that was at a standstill, Dr. Janov says that one of his patients, a student he called Danny, told a story that inspired him to implement a technique that he never would have thought of on his own.

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              How it Started

              “During a lull in our group therapy session, he told us a story about a man named Ortiz who was currently doing an act on the London stage in which he paraded around in diapers drinking bottles of milk. Throughout his number, Ortiz is shouting, ‘Mommy! Daddy! Mommy! Daddy!’ at the top of his lungs. At the end of his act he vomits. Plastic bags are passed out, and the audience is requested to follow suit.”

              It doesn’t end there, though. Dr. Janov said that his patient was quite fascinated with that story, and that alone moved him to suggest something even he believed to be a little elementary.

              “I asked him to call out, ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ Danny refused, saying that he couldn’t see the sense in such a childish act, and frankly, neither could I. But I persisted, and finally, he gave in. As he began, he became noticeably upset. Suddenly he was writhing on the floor in agony. His breathing was rapid, spasmodic. ‘Mommy! Daddy!’ came out of his mouth almost involuntarily in loud screeches. He appeared to be in a coma or hypnotic state. The writhing gave way to small convulsions, and finally, he released a piercing, deathlike scream that rattled the walls of my office. The entire episode lasted only a few minutes, and neither Danny nor I had any idea what had happened. All he could say afterward was: ‘I made it! I don’t know what, but I can feel.’”

              Delving deeper

              Dr. Janov says he was baffled for months, but then he decided to experiment with another patient with the same method, which lead to a similar result as before. The patient started out calling “Mommy! Daddy!” then experienced convulsions, heavy breathing, and then eventually screamed. After the session, Dr. Janov says his patient was transformed and became “virtually another human being. He became alert… he seemed to understand himself.”

              Although the initial intention of this particular practice wasn’t to get the patient to scream, more than once did his Primal Therapy sessions end with the patient screaming and feeling lighter, revived, and relieved of stresses that were holding them down in life.

              Some Methods To Practice Screaming

              If you want to try it out for yourself, keep reading!

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              • Step 1: Be Alone — Be alone. If you live in a place that you can’t be alone, it might be a good idea to talk to your family or roommates and explain to them what you’re about to do and make sure they’re okay with it. If you’re good to go, move on to step 2.
              • Step 2: Lie Down — Lie down on a yoga mat on your back and place a pillow underneath your head. If you don’t own a yoga mat, you can use a rug or even a soft blanket.
              • Step 3: Think — Think of things that have hurt you or made you angry. It can be anything from your childhood or even something that happened recently to make yourself cry, if you’re not already crying or upset. You could even scream “Mommy! Daddy!” just like Dr. Janov’s patients did to get yourself started.
              • Step 4: Scream — Don’t hold anything back; cry and scream as loud as you can. You can also pound your fists on the ground, or just lie there and scream at the top of your lungs.

              After this, you should return your breathing to a normal and steady pace. You should feel lighter, like a weight has been lifted off of you. If not, you can also try these other methods.

              Scream Sing

              Scream singing” is referring to what a lot of lead singers in metal or screamo bands will do. I’ve tried it and although I wasn’t very good at it, it was fun and definitely relieved me of any stress I was feeling from before. It usually ends up sounding like a really loud grunt, but nonetheless, it’s considered screaming.

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              • Step 1 — Bear down and make a grunting sound.
              • Step 2 — Hiss like a snake and make sure to do this from your diaphragm (your stomach) for as long as you can.
              • Step 3 — Breathe and push your stomach out for more air when you are belting notes, kind of like you would if you were singing.
              • Step 4 — Try different ways to let out air to control how long the note will last, just make sure not to let out too much air.
              • Step 5 — Distort your voice by pushing air out from your throat, just be careful not to strain yourself.
              • Step 6 — Play around with the pitch of your screams and how wide your mouth is open – the wider your mouth is open, the higher the screams will sound. The narrower or rounder your mouth is (and most likely shaped like an “o”), the lower the screams will sound.
              • Step 7 — Start screaming to metal music. If you’re not a huge metal fan, it’s okay. You don’t have to use this method if you don’t want to.

              If you want a more thorough walkthrough of how to scream sing, here’s a good video tutorial. If this method is too strenuous on your vocal chords, stop. Also, make sure to stay hydrated when scream singing and drink lots of water.

              Scream into a pillow

              Grab a pillow and scream into it. This method is probably the fastest and easiest way to practice screaming. Just make sure to come up for air.

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              Always remember to make sure that you’re not going to disturb anyone while practicing any of these methods of screaming. And with that, happy screaming!

              Featured photo credit: Sharon Mollerus via flickr.com

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