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i LOVE mine!who else has one and loves it?and what kind of things are you making with it?i would love some new recipes <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngtongue.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Stick Out Tongue">
 

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I'm going to be following this thread! I just found a wonderful dehydrator at my local op-shop for $20.<br><br><a href="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v409/KathleenRay/DSCF4838blog.jpg" target="_blank">http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...CF4838blog.jpg</a><br><br>
I was so looking forward to starting, but I've found a lot of the recipes seem complicated and need to dehydrate for 36 hours or more! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I didn't realise they would take that long!
 

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So what are your favourite things to make? :)
 

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yes i use it to store and then rehydrate but it makes the best snacks and you can really do alot with one.<br>
every kind of fruit they taste like candy when they are done without even adding anything.fresh jerky is wonderful you can make yogurt in them fruit leathers.i love the dried fruit in recipes are amazing.and vegetables are great too,dehydrate a bunch from bulk and they store so great,you can make really good soups with this kind of stuff,great for camping or people who are always outdoors.best of all it brings out the natural flavors and sweetness of things and you never have to add anything(except for the jerkys)i have a ton of recipes if anyone wants them i have been dehydrating for years!it saves you alot of money in the end you don't loose stuff to spoilage or freezer burn(though i do still can and freeze)just an example...dried organic cherries,i found them in the store 6oz for $6.99 a bag.i got fresh cherries from the local farmers market for $2.00 a pound and i dehydrated them myself!i sound like a commercial so i will shut up now.BUT I LOVE THIS THING!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/blahblah.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="blah blah"><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/orngbiggrin.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="orange big grin">
 

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if you want to try something simple and cheap do some fruit roll ups<br>
pick the fruit you want blend it untill smooth pour onto pre oil tray and let it go about 8 hours on medium (the temp and time will vary)there you go a wonderful snack.you can make tons of these at night while you are sleeping just pop it in and go.they will be perfect by morning!
 

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Well, I've had mine for years, but haven't used it much.<br><br>
I've decided that I need to make a bigger effort of drying my foods, since I'm concerned about freezer space, and I don't like canning most products.<br><br>
Recently I made bear jerky, which came out wonderful, and took just a few hours, not counting the marinating part of it. Come fall, dh and our oldest will be hunting. We only have a small chest freezer, so I'll be drying up a lot that can be reconstituted in stews as well as jerkey (which is a great on the run snack).<br><br>
We need to expand our gardens next year so we have more produce than we use daily. Once that produces better, I'll be drying veggies and fruit (we also have fruit trees that will hopefully produce well in another year or 2) for snacking and/or cooking.<br><br>
I've never tried yogurt in the dehydrator...what a great idea.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">Well, I've had mine for years, but haven't used it much.<br><br>
I've decided that I need to make a bigger effort of drying my foods, since I'm concerned about freezer space, and I don't like canning most products.<br><br>
Recently I made bear jerky, which came out wonderful, and took just a few hours, not counting the marinating part of it. Come fall, dh and our oldest will be hunting. We only have a small chest freezer, so I'll be drying up a lot that can be reconstituted in stews as well as jerkey (which is a great on the run snack).<br><br>
We need to expand our gardens next year so we have more produce than we use daily. Once that produces better, I'll be drying veggies and fruit (we also have fruit trees that will hopefully produce well in another year or 2) for snacking and/or cooking.<br><br>
I've never tried yogurt in the dehydrator...what a great idea.</div>
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oh yes the yogurt is WONDERFUL!and so easy!i bet that bear jerkey is amazing...what kind of marinade do you use if you dont mind me asking?
 

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I'll have to experiment with it for making yogurt. I found a recipe for a snack I'm going to experiment with. I found it at recipezaar, it's called "Chivy Cheese Chips". It sounds weird, but potentially yummy.<br>
It's basically puree'd cottage chees, tomatoes, onions, cayenne, and garlic. Drop in dollips on a fruit roll sheet and dry at 145 for 4-6 hours or until the rounds curl up on the sides like potato chips.<br><br>
As for the bear jerky, yes it was very good, even though I over dried it (oops), but the kids loved it. Will make it again if I ever ge ahold of bear meat again.<br><br>
I created my own marinade, and frankly, I'm not sure what I put in it LOL. Know that I avoid soy, so anything with that in was not in this marinade. I think other than garlic, onion, and some herbs, salt, cracked pepper, it was mainly red wine, acv(apple cider vinegar), and balsamic vinegar, oh and some mollassas and maybe a tad bit of brown sugar. Gawd, I don't remember, and I don't recall if I wrote it down. I tend to toss things together and somehow it comes out great. OH, OH, I think I put in some nutritional yeast as well, LOL. Marinate over night and then dry at top temp of dehydrator (mine goes to 150) until dry, but not over dry.<br><br>
ONce deer season hits and I have more meat to work with I'll try and remember to write down my list of ingredients.
 

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mmmmm thats sounds yummy!i love jerky,the recipe sounds good to for the cheesy chip things let me know how they turn out!
 

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I love using a food dehydrator. At the moment I have peach slices drying, they are delicious to eat dry....I just have to make sure we wait to save them until winter when there isn't fresh local fruit available! I can buy a bushel of peaches for $15 (a big box full), so it's a very economical snack. They take about 6 to 8 hours, I think.<br><br>
I love to dry apples and strawberries (they're amazing by themselves to snack on, or to throw in oatmeal). My friend did sweet peppers, then threw them in soups and stews in winter. I once made a spaghetti sauce jerky for my husband for a hike...he said it was delicious.
 

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I found one for $1.99 at the salvo and it works! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/carrot.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="carrot">:<br><br>
The "best" thing I've made so far is dehydrated peach slices and beef jerkey. The jerkey I loosely followed the recipe in the blue book for soy jerkey.<br><br>
It requires a flank steak, which seperates easily into jerkey type strips/hunks. I made mine in a spicy sesame soy marinade with among other things:<br><br>
soy sauce<br>
worchestire sauce<br>
cider vinegar<br>
celery seeds<br>
mustard (three kinds)<br>
ketchup<br>
olive oil<br>
black sesame oil<br>
thai chili sauce<br>
garlic powder<br>
one really hot fresh pepper (whole & tiny)<br>
and some other stuff<br><br>
Marinade 24 hours<br>
dehydrate until dry but plyable, about 24 hours in mine.<br><br>
A hit with all the men I know. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol">
 

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I have a small dehydrator that I have just desperate to learn...<br><br>
Could anyone give me a few beginer things (to build my confidence, lol) and some kind of Dehydrating 101...I don't have a manual,.<br>
Thanks,<br>
Tricia
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I have a small dehydrator that I have just desperate to learn...<br><br>
Could anyone give me a few beginer things (to build my confidence, lol) and some kind of Dehydrating 101...I don't have a manual,.<br>
Thanks,<br>
Tricia</div>
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Mine didn't have a manual either. Try checking out the ball blue book, it has good directions/guidance. Easiest to try? Bananas! That's what I did first. Slice them about 1/4 inch thick into some fruit fresh or lemon water. I used the just starting to brown ones. Put em in there and let em go! Overnight is a good start, most things will dry in that time. They should be crisp, but slightly pliable. They will not be like the kind of fruit that comes in the cereal with dried fruit, which is what I thought. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/lol.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="lol"> More like trail mix.
 

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We but bananas in really large amounts when they package all of the odd ones together. O get about 5 ponds for a couple of bucks.... organic too. I can tell by the wrapper at the top! This sounds bizzarre... but if you stick your finger up through the middle of the peeled banana , from the bottom, it splits into three wedges. Like a big long banana stick. We dry them like this and the kids love them. We snip them into smaller bits if we want them for a recipe, but typically just eat the sticks as they are. They look pretty ugly though!lol People always wonder what the heck we are eating.<br><br>
I have dehydrated purreed soup in my excalibur. I then blend it in the food processor again to make a really fine instant soup powder. Really really handy to have on hand!<br>
I also have blended bananas with a couple of spoons of peanut butter and dehydrated that like fruit leather for a snack... yummy and not messy for a bit of protein in a snack for the kids!
 

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well you have inspired me... Good bad or ugly... I have some experiments loosing moisture by the hour inthe dehydrator!<br>
We shall see what ends up.<br>
Any ideaa on how long this should be left on?...just fruit.<br>
Tricia
 

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I did mine overnight on the advice of a momma over in digging in the earth. Checked in the morning, they weren't quite dry yet, took them off when I got home at lunch time.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">well you have inspired me... Good bad or ugly... I have some experiments loosing moisture by the hour inthe dehydrator!<br>
We shall see what ends up.<br>
Any ideaa on how long this should be left on?...just fruit.<br>
Tricia</div>
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depends on what kind of fruit it is...can't wait to hear how it all turned out!
 
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