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post #161 of 545
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See now I'm still getting used to mine. It takes a very long time to dry things like almonds or breads. I keep having to remind myself that it doesn't bake things but simply removes the moisture. Hibou, what kinds of things are you drying and what temp are you using?

I've dried sunseeds and pumpkin seeds no problem. I've made raw grainless crackers pretty easily but almonds and breads take about 18-24 hrs and it's noisy. OTOH it means no hot oven on all day long during the summer and like you said, no shuffling of cookie sheets. I'm gearing up to make some jerky and some fruit roll ups.
I dry all my nuts in the dehydrator. It takes a day or sometimes two (almonds are really slow!) but still quicker than the oven. Pecans dry pretty fast. I dry sprouted seeds too (sunflower, pumpkin). I do jerky regularly, and some fruit, but my kids aren't so big on dried fruit. They like leathers, but I haven't made fruit leather in ages. Maybe once berry season is here.

I do some garden stuff (tomatoes, herbs)...I think I need to get a book for some more creative ideas.

The noise annoys me too. I usually shut it off during meals.
post #162 of 545
In the summer, I dry my nuts in the sun. I put sheer fabric on them to keep the birds off and bring them in at night to keep the raccoons out.
post #163 of 545
Yes, sprouted sunseeds and pumpkin seeds do quite quickly. Good to know that the almonds take a long time. I recently made yogurt/blueberry leathers and while I spread it too thinly onto the drying sheets they turned out well enough for me to want to make more. A big hit here.

Hibou, the leading raw/live foodists suggest setting the dehydrator at the highest temperature setting for the first 2-3 hrs and then lowering it to less than 120 for the rest of the drying process. During the initial hours the food temp doesn't exceed 118 because of the high moisture content of the food. Neither will the temp rise immediately to 145 and may actually take several hrs to get that high. This approach cuts down on the lengthy drying time.

GaleForce, have you ever made Essene bread in the sun?
post #164 of 545
Does anyone have a dehydrator they can recommend?
post #165 of 545
We are peanut butter lovers in my house so where does peanut butter fit in to the NT diet?? I know nuts that have been soaked and sprouted are the best but I haven't found raw peanuts yet. Is organic peanut butter okay to use?
On a side note we found organic Raw honey at Whole Foods and let me tell you it's wonderful!! My oldest dd said it was the best thing she ever put in her mouth! ha ha It brought back childhood memories for me. My aunt used to keep a fancy jar of honey on her counter and I remember it being so yummy!! Well, years ago I saw 'creamed' honey at the grocery store and I thought that was it, it wasn't!! My mom said she got it from Canada. I also found out that she used to buy raw milk from a local farm too!! Does anyone know where I can get raw honey that doesn't break the bank? I bought a small 22 oz jar for $8.99!! Yikes!!!
Also.... (sorry for all the questions.. ) how do I make myself like eating sprouted bread?? I've always eaten whole wheat bread and I have found whole wheat bread I like that isn't enriched but it isn't sprouted either.
post #166 of 545
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Originally Posted by chlobo
Does anyone have a dehydrator they can recommend?
Excalibur. Nesco.
post #167 of 545
Does anyone make the bone broths in a crockpot with good results?
post #168 of 545
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Originally Posted by carnelian
Does anyone make the bone broths in a crockpot with good results?
All the time. I keep it on high for at least 24 hours and low until whenever it works out. Then I let it sit to cool for quite awhile before storing it away.
post #169 of 545
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Originally Posted by yitlan
All the time. I keep it on high for at least 24 hours and low until whenever it works out. Then I let it sit to cool for quite awhile before storing it away.
thats how I do it too
post #170 of 545
What size crockpot are y'all using?
post #171 of 545
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Originally Posted by yitlan
All the time. I keep it on high for at least 24 hours and low until whenever it works out. Then I let it sit to cool for quite awhile before storing it away.
THAT is what I did wrong! I bought these great bones from a local meat shop that sells organic/grassfed beef and then wasted them by putting them on LOW instead of high! It didn't even really taste like broth at all. Completely awful and I haven't attempted it again.
post #172 of 545
My crockpot is maybe 6qts? That's a guess!
post #173 of 545
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Originally Posted by bluets
an update on my kefir experiment.... breastmilk kefir is VILE. tastes like... well... baby spit-up. i still can't get the nasty taste out of my mouth.
Coming out of lurking to !
That is too funny!
post #174 of 545
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Originally Posted by Gale Force
Here's my amino acid thread. It is surprising how much levels don't change. It's actually less a dietary issue with aminos than it is a digestion or conversion issue. I've had very high protein in my diet and my amino levels were low which suggested I wasn't breaking the proteins down in my digestive tract.
I started reading the thread. 16 days until things really turned around? WOW! I actually have a general amino acid powder supplement in my cupboards. I'm taking some before bed tonight!

I don't have health insurance, and can't afford a lot of specialized testing. So, this is a link to the supplement I have on hand. Can you take a look and see how it seems to you? I know it obviously isn't as good as something costumized, but is there anything obviously bad about it? <link>http://www.nutramed.com/alphaaax/aaxingredients.htm</link>


I have started on magnesium glyconate and B complex. I'm going to take my clo and those amino acids, then try for sleep.

I hope this helps. My functionality is...let's just say I feel really bad for my kid right now. And, since I'm not up to doing much, he responds by nursing. And nursing. And nursing. Hours and hours while i try to sleep. hours and hours split throughout our mutually awake hours. My boobs are getting really, really sore, and it is obviously an additional load on my body.

Even though he is needing more time with me than he has been getting, I am sending him off with his dad for a week starting Saturday. Hopefully, with the wonderful advice I'm getting here and my other research, I'll manage to have myself in somewhat better shape by then. I know true healing is a long, long road, but seeing progress would be nice.
post #175 of 545
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THAT is what I did wrong! I bought these great bones from a local meat shop that sells organic/grassfed beef and then wasted them by putting them on LOW instead of high! It didn't even really taste like broth at all. Completely awful and I haven't attempted it again.
Me, too !
post #176 of 545
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Originally Posted by AutumnMama
Coming out of lurking to !
That is too funny!
heh my coworkers think it is kinda gross...

the failed breastmilk yogurt experiment wasn't as bad as this kefir one... at least i didn't taste the breastmilk yogurt....
post #177 of 545
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Originally Posted by Kittymom
I don't have health insurance, and can't afford a lot of specialized testing. So, this is a link to the supplement I have on hand. Can you take a look and see how it seems to you? I know it obviously isn't as good as something costumized, but is there anything obviously bad about it? <link>http://www.nutramed.com/alphaaax/aaxingredients.htm</link>
This is where my love-hate relationship with amino acids comes in. All of the complexes I have seen have asparic acid and phenylalanine, both excito-toxins (like the aspartate in aspartame). The blend I took had phenylalanine, no aspartate, and I would take it again if I had to. Your brand has both. These are naturally occuring substances and if they help you through a really bad time, then sobeit. Like I said, I'd do it all again but I hope I've now gotten myself in good enough shape that I don't have to.

Without blood work, you will just do a trial and error approach and experiement with various aminos. You can start with the blend or some people try just 5HTP or tyrosine and play with doses and such.

Something to consider is that you need B6 to convert these aminos into neurotransmitters (like serotonin) so if you are low in B6 you might need that too. A sign of B6 deficiency is the inability to recall dreams at night. People usually supplement with 50-150 mg of B6 in this case.
post #178 of 545
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Originally Posted by carnelian
GaleForce, have you ever made Essene bread in the sun?
I tried this about two years ago but no one really liked it and I forgot all about it. I don't eat grains for the most part, so I wouldn't make it for myself. I put it on a cookie sheet on the back of our car which gets full sun. It probably gets up to 110 degrees on that car in the summer. Like the nuts, I covered it with a sheer curtain.
post #179 of 545
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Excalibur. Nesco.
Does anyone know what the space age polycarbonate is that its made of? I'm wondering if it leaches anything untoward?
post #180 of 545
Gale Force, I'm wondering about dream recall. How do you know if you recall your dreams? Is this just what you remember immediately upon waking, or is it supposed to be what you remember all day long?

Sometimes I remember my dreams, sometimes I don't. But then, I'm often awakened during the night by my toddler; I just assumed that I didn't remember dreams because I didn't get deep enough sleep to dream.
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