It's a food dehydrator, which is one of the many ways to reduce food waste, especially for those items you cannot really freeze, it works very well also as a space saving way to prevent food waste when you don't have a spare freezer.
The unit itself is great. The trays stack and you can use all or just a few of them and the unit is expandable by purchasing extra trays from the manufacturer. The heated fan is in the top, so nothing will drip onto it and ruin the mechanism. I also enjoy the fruit roll up tray and the clean a tray that enable you to dehydrate less solid items like chili or even applesauce into a fruit-roll up.
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I enjoy making dried fruit in this. My kids can be unpredictable and eat tons of apples one week and none the next. If I stay on top of it, I can prevent any fruit from being wasted. Simply cut into small pieces and then place in the dehydrator. Sliced apples with a little cinnamon sprinkled on top will make your house smell heavenly.
I also made a rather delicious chili using the dehydrator. It dehydrates down to a tiny package, and then later rehydrates and tastes just as delicious as when it was made fresh. I tested this while camping and I look forward to having this on my first overnight backpacking trip.
This device can also be used to dehydrate vegetables. While dried fruit is a fairly yummy snack by itself, the dehydrated vegetables may need to be rehydrated for best results. This is a perfect way to store vegetables you plan to use for soups and stews, as they take up very little room in the freezer or pantry this way.
I love it and plan to max out the number of trays and clean a screens i own. Before backpacking simply make dinner with double recipes of the foods you plan to eat and dehydrate the other half.
It's also a perfect way to be prepared in the event of a storm, power outage, or other disaster. Since dehydrated foods don't need refrigeration, you can rehydrate and heat them up, using a camp stove or grill outdoors and not have to worry about grocery shopping during prolonged power shortages. That is truly being prepared.