Nature’s Original Technology

Loved and used by culinary cultures all over the world since antiquity, dehydration harnesses the power of the sun and the wind to extend the life of the foods we love most. Atacama brings these natural forces together in one healthy and convenient process that maintains each food’s unique aromas and natural flavors.

  • What is dehydration?
  • How does the Atacama dehydrator work?
  • What are the best products to dehydrate?
  • Which foods are not well-suited for dehydration?
  • How long do dehydrated foods last?

What is dehydration?

The process of dehydration removes the water present in all fresh foods. This slows the growth of bacteria, yeast and molds, which typically require a moist environment to proliferate. The key ingredient for success is dry, circulating air. For high-quality results, it’s important to control and moderate the air temperature and circulation speed.

How does the Atacama dehydrator work?

The Atacama is engineered with a horizontal air flow system and precise temperature control to maximize the energy and time that dehydration requires. Once the food you wish to dry is laid out on trays, heated air is forced through the drying tunnel. Through osmosis, the hot air removes the water inside the food by drawing it to the surface.

What are the best products to dehydrate?

There are so many delicious foods that deserve preservation. Satisfy that sweet tooth with dehydrated apricots, strawberries, peaches, apples, bananas, blueberries, cherries and dates. Hint: they’ll taste great as an ice cream topping or baked into a cake.
Create long-lasting veggie flavors by dehydrating mushrooms, tomatoes, carrots, beets, beans, squash, corn, pumpkin and broccoli. And for a salty protein boost, try dried beef, chicken or fish. Don’t forget about herbs for rich spices and select fruits, plants and flowers for herbal teas. The possibilities are endless!

Which foods are not well-suited for dehydration?

There are some foods that are not advisable to dry in an electric home dehydrator, such as products with a high fat content. These include avocado, cheese, milk, eggs, and certain meats and fish. To preserve these products, we recommend vacuum packaging. For more info, visit

How long do dehydrated foods last?

Dehydrating fruit and vegetables for long-term preservation is an excellent way to include important nutrition in your diet from season to season with minimal investment. After it is dehydrated, food occupies very little space, and can be stored in an organized fashion. In most cases, dehydrated food can be stored for up to 12 months. Herbs and spices can even last for years! Dried meats should be consumed within 2-3 months.

Recipes & tips from our chefs

We believe that chefs both amateur and professional should always be inspired by new recipes and innovative flavor combinations, so we’ve curated the best of dehydration on our Youtube channel. Discover the ins and outs of your Atacama, optimal techniques, and industry best-practices straight from our Italian dehydration masters.