Use latex gloves when handling your dehydrated foods. Why?
There's absolutely no point in ruining your dehydrated fruits and veggies with 'dirty' hands!
It's easy to keep your germs all to yourself by simply slipping on a pair of gloves... and you're good to go! And there's no need to throw them away after just one use. See my comment at the bottom of the page!
It takes no time at all to slip on a pair of gloves... no, not boxing gloves... but a pair of latex gloves—see the photo at the top of the page.
You can get a pack of 10 disposable latex-free gloves from Target stores.
If you want larger quantities, check out Amazon.com for good deals. More about that coming up.
Latex gloves are made from natural rubber latex, which comes from the sap of the rubber tree. The sap is collected and then processed to create latex gloves. The manufacturing process for latex gloves includes vulcanization, dipping, and leaching.
I use the vinyl variety all the time, but not because I'm allergic to latex, but because there's no white powdery-stuff left on your hands... this is a nice feature!
The gloves shown are actually vinyl and do not have powder in them and I highly recommend them. I order mine from good old Amazon—from various Amazon vendors, so do your due diligence.
Prices for the same item vary from order-to-order. They come in packs of 100. Should last a long time!
Latex allergy is a reaction that occurs when someone is exposed to latex. Symptoms of latex allergy can include itching, redness, swelling, and difficulty breathing. In severe cases, anaphylaxis may occur.
There are several different types of latex gloves, including powder-free, exam, and surgical gloves. Powder-free gloves are less likely to cause allergic reactions than gloves that contain powder. Exam gloves are designed for use in medical settings, while surgical gloves are meant for use in operating rooms.
What I have noticed while wearing them is it makes it much easier to smooth out frozen peas or corn on your dehydrator tray's mesh sheets.
The warmth of your hands doesn't melt the frozen peas (or frozen corn) as fast because you're wearing them and it provides a barrier which slows down the heat transference!
Heck, that sounds too scientific, but you know what I mean... And this means no more peas and corn stuck to your bare hands! It's very easy to break up clumps too when you wear gloves.
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Latex gloves come in a variety of sizes, including small, medium, large, and extra-large. The size of the glove should be determined by the width of the hand.
Latex gloves are available in a variety of colors, including white, black, blue, and green. The color of the glove does not affect its function. I know I always associate 'blue gloves' with doctors!
There's no need to throw a pair away when I'm done using them. Either wash them while I'm still wearing them, and then let them air dry on the dish drainer. Consider saving them the second-time-around for household chores or for washing the car!
Waste not, want not...
as the old saying goes!