Dehydrators are the next Instant Pot — and here's why you need one

Katie Dupere
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Your Instant Pot may soon become your second favorite kitchen appliance. Dehydrators are officially everywhere, and you can use them for a whole lot more than making beef jerky. The unexpectedly popular appliance has been gaining popularity as the new must-have kitchen tool, and you might be keen to give it a go. 

It’s true that dehydrators are perhaps most known for being the key to making jerky. But the appliance is way more versatile than curing meat. Just watch basically any episode of Bon Appetite’sIt’s Alive with Brad Leone for proof. 

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But dehydrators have long been used by raw vegans to change the texture of food without “cooking” it. The result is recipes like “cinnamon rolls” made of rolled-up dehydrated bananas and raw vegan bread.

You can also use the appliance to make common snacks, like crunchy seeds and nuts, homemade yogurt and fruit leathers. And if you're looking to dry herbs or dry garlic to grind into fresh garlic powder, this might be the buy for you. If you're a chip fan, stackable kiwi chips, apple chips, kale chips and beet chips are now possible to make at home.

Perhaps even more shocking is the price of dehydrators. With some of the machines clocking in under $100, the appliance is relatively affordable compared to other trendy kitchen devices. To start your dehydrator journey, check out some of these top-rated appliances on the market. 

Shop: Excalibur 2400 4-Tray Electric Food Dehydrator, $149.99

Shop: COSORI 6-Tray Food Dehydrator Machine, $139.99 (Orig. $159.99)

Shop: Chefman 6-Tray Food Dehydrator, $99.99

Shop: Hamilton Beach 32100A 5-Tray Digital Food Dehydrator, $51.99 (Orig. $83.19)

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