Whether the economy is on an upswing, a downswing, or a steady side-to-side swing, there is never a good time to waste money.
Yet the average American family wastes thousands of dollars a year on food they toss, because they let it sit on a shelf, in a freezer or a refrigerator for too long.
How much is lost? Recent studies say that the average American wastes 20 pounds of food a month, amounting to $1,350 to $2,275 annually for a family of four, according to CNN by way of the National Resources Defense Council.
What could you do with that money? Take a vacation? Add it to a college fund? Save it for retirement? Anything would be better than throwing that money away.
You could head to the market every day, and only buy what you will use in 24 hours. But that sort of plan requires a lot of time and planning — and takes a toll on your gas budget. It also prevents you from taking advantages of sales and buying in bulk to save money.
This is why many people turn to food dehydrators. You can buy as much produce or meat as you'd like, and preserve it for months or even years to come. This means fewer trips to the market, and the ability to stock up on items when they are on sale, while consuming them at your own convenience.
You might think it would be easier to buy food that is already dehydrated and simply store it yourself. However, what did that food look like before it was dehydrated? How fresh was it? What kind of quality are you buying? Also, how was the food stored? What was done to ensure that it stays free from bacteria and away from sunlight, to reduce contamination and nutrient leakage?
When you make dehydrated food yourself, you know what sort of food you are getting and preserving. You know if it's been kept free of moisture, oxygen and sunlight — probably because you sealed it in a high-quality mylar bag yourself. More importantly, you know you aren't using any sort or preservatives that would affect the nutrition of the food and your overall well-being.
You also save a ton of money. When you buy already dehydrated food, you are paying for the fact that someone else bought food, used a dehydrator and paid workers — who probably have health insurance and other benefits. After all, every business needs to make a profit, and this every bag of dehydrated food you buy comes with a percentage of these costs as well as someone else's profit.
When you do it yourself, when you cut out the middleman, you control the cost and your savings increase with each use. If you truly want to cut down on wasted food and save money, you can't not have dehydrator in your kitchen.