As the title above, you will ask why not buy instead of homemade, it’s more convenient to do so. Yes, most of the seasoning really need to buy from supermarket, but there are some can make it ourselves with lower cost and require to use a lot in the later stage.
To be honest, I and my beloved are the lowest income level, therefore, we will try to fully utilized any equipments when we bought it, it is what we invest it as a long term saving money concept. Furthermore, we will find as much as information we can before buy any equipments.
OK, return back to topics, How to make our own seasoning? Actually, it’s very simple, as I mentioned in previous post, we are growing herbs at home, however, when those herbs in the right season, it will then growing so fast, we just harvest and dehydrated it, store it for later use.
那麼如何風乾呢？ 當然我們需要一部風乾機吧。首先，如何選擇風乾機？市面上有平有貴的，有大又有細的，先簡短地解釋一下吧。現時市場上有兩款比較受歡迎的風乾機，一款是美國老品牌，款式較笨重，但設計比較好，拉屜式，風扇在後方，所以風乾平均，小型的沒有時間掣，大型才有，而價錢很貴。 另一款近年在家用很流行，因為體積細，最多可疊高至10層，價錢平很多，所以很受一般家庭使用，可是這些家用風乾機是塑料製做，加上風扇在最下方，如果一次風乾太多食物，要用多好倍時間才可完成。
How to make dehydration food? Of course, you need to buy a dehydrator. First of all, how to select a dehydrator in the market? There are 2 types of popular dehydrators in the market, One is made in USA, it’s the famous and old brand dehydrator, it’s so bulky, but design is good, front door with drawer layers, the fan at the back, so the circulation is better, but it’s expensive; another one, which is more suitable for home use, it’s made of plastic, small, can be stand up to 10 layers and cheaper price, however, the fan is sitted in the bottom of the machine, so you are required to double or triple it’s time when dehydrating.
On the other word, as my point of view, I still not really satisfied for the above machines. Luckily, after many of researches, finally, I found one that made in Korea this year with red-dot award, it’s not just stylish, also have good function on it, but the price is more affordable. This is the first machine with built in infrared function which only available in commercial use nowadays. The infrared used as solar/sunlight function, so you can use it to dehydrating Chinese salty food as well. I tried to dehydrated squid, it’s only took me few hours to finish it.
More information given about the dehyrator as below :
- This hydrator only 500W, if you use it for a day, only costed you around HK$50
- Korea voltage is same as Hong Kong, just add the plug
- This machine have noise reduction, only 40db
- also built-in humidity sensor
- can select auto/manual mode
You can order here :
Alright, back to the topic again. What kind of seasonings that suggest for homemade? Garlic Powder and Onion Powder. Why need for homemade? As the future posts that I will share for food making, we will need to use it a lot, if you buy from supermarket, it cost you at least $2x for a little bottle, so please don’t waste your money, it’s so simple and low cost for making it.
As you know, to make garlic powder and onion powder, just cut in pieces, dehydrated it and make it as powder. If you already have a grinder, it’s much easier to do so. However, if you don’t have one, you can consider a handheld blender, not only make powder, you can use it for blend soup, sauce, mayonnaise even ice cream etc, information as follows :
You can make fine powder using this mill, you can also blend wet and dry ingredients :
p.s. I will also share more recipes for using this dehydrator, not just healthier but low cost.