The Benefits of Dehydrating Food
Dehydration is an easy and inexpensive way to avoid post-harvest loss. Storing dehydrated food is efficient and generally tends to take up less than one sixth of their original storage space. The food items are compact, lightweight, and travel well; which is ideal for markets. The preserved food lasts for much longer than their fresh form and allows for consumption outside of peak seasons. When dehydrating food all the moisture is removed which keeps the produce from spoiling. Molds, yeast, and bacteria all need water and oxygen to propagate. Most research on the nutritional value of dried foods has been conducted on foods that are commercially dried. When you dry foods at home under gentle conditions a majority of the nutrients remain, including vitamin A. In the dehydration process, the produce retains all of its iron and fiber while concentrating their calories, nutrients, and sugar contents. Dehydrated foods are good for quick energy and a nutritious source of needed inputs to keep individuals strong and healthy. KinoSol may cause some minimal nutrient loss, but will be saving produce from rot and allowing individuals to receive a majority of the nutrients instead of none at all.
KinoSol Website 2.0
Our website has now been updated!!! Check it out to find out about how we improved KinoSol from version 1.0 to version 3.0. Also you will find information about 3 main objectives KinoSol has including Decreasing Post Harvest Loss, Increasing Income, and Gender Equality!
Check Out the KinoSol Website!
Check out the newly created KinoSol website! Complete with an interactive map, this site will teach you all about how our product will change the world. Each country on the map highlights the most common nutrient deficiencies and the produce which can be dehydrated to combat the insufficiencies. Coming soon to the site will be information about all our current prototypes and more information about nutrition, gender equality, and how KinoSol will improve the livelihoods of subsistence farmers everywhere.
How Does KinoSol Promote Gender Equality?
In much of the developing world, the woman is responsible for taking on the role of providing food for their family and required to travel long distances to buy, sell, and trade at the market. In most of these societies women have less access to the resources needed to accomplish all of these tasks. Fewer women than men drive cars, ride bicycles, or use oxcarts and wheelbarrows. In many traditional societies, particularly in Asia and Africa, bicycle ownership is monopolized by men. The KinoSol was built to attach easily to a bicycle. With this, the dehydrator will either allow women to utilize bicycles as a form of transport to the market or force men to take on a larger role in providing for their family. KinoSol not only reduces food waste, but promotes gender equality!
We wanted to create a dehydrator that was mobile because mobility is of major importance when connecting farmers in communities. With a mobility aspect, farmers can take the dehydrator farther distances and help out their community by dehydrating the produce of people who lack such technology. This concept creates trade throughout a community. Example: (One farmer has 50 tomatoes. One farmer has the dehydrator. When they come together they can both benefit!) In addition, the storage and dehydrator can be towed to market if excess is available, increasing a family's income dramatically. Lastly, mobility provides gender equality. Men are the primary owners of bicycles, while women tend to work with food, making KinoSol a tool for both genders.
More information and where we received some of our information during our research can be found in the PDF below.