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Has anyone ever dehydrated fresh basil? I gave it a try last night and the leaves kept blowing off the tray so I tried putting them on a shelf that wasn't directly in front of the fan. That helped a tad. My book said 2 to 4 hours for most herbs. I set my dehydrator at 95 degrees and after 2 hours, the leaves didn't seem much different. I forgot to check them after 4 hours so I don't know what I'll find when I get home.

I could use some guidance! Thanks!

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Well, I am a newbie here, and was looking for info on dehydrating... boy did I find it, but this thread needs to have a warning posted at the top...

"Stay out if hungry!" My tummy is a rumbling now!

You guys are awesome... skipping off to ebay to see if I can snag a deal on a good dehydrator.

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Last summer my SIL gave me her dehydrator. I found a recipe for bananas sweetened with a honey and water mixture so I thought that I would try it. On a weekend while my husband was up north and I had to work I decided to try out the dehydrator. I bought some bananas and made the honey mixture. I made 7 trays of bananas. I set the trays up and turned it on before I went to work. I had to work 16 hours that day, so I had my house shut up while I was gone. When I returned home there must have been a million flys in my house! I don't know how they got into my house but it was awful! I didn't keep the bananas, I threw them away before they were done. I did taste one but I didn't like the honey flavor. Does anyone know how to dehydrate bananas that are sweetened?

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I was in Gander Mountain today, looking at there dehydrating stuff, they had actual plastic tray, that were reusable that you put the fruit on to make fruit leather. So simple.

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There's not really a "recipe" just spread tomato paste on the leather trays--I sometimes spray them with a little Pam so they come off easier after they're dry. I try to watch how much goes into each tray so I know when I want to reconstitute it.

On the trail just reconstitute the paste with water--make sure and take any seasoning you want. We like Italian seasonings with some pepperoni and dried mushrooms cooked into the paste/sauce--then we spoon that into pita pockets with a slice of mozzarella cheese.

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WindingRoad - GREAT idea! and just in time for my camping trip the end of this month... That and some dehydrated vegies.... yum. Post the instructions/recipe on the new thread OK? I'm assuming you just use the paste as you would puree for fruit leather but would like to learn from your experience before I try... THANKS!!!!

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I mentioned once before that we make tomato leather out of tomato paste. We use this for sauces when we go wilderness camping and have to pack light. We cook it up with italian seasonings for Pita Pocket pizzas or use it with spaghetti or soups while out on the trail.

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Hi everyone, I'm going to start a new thread to post dehydrating recipes on.

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Lori,
The recipes sound great.
Give newbees to dehydrating detailed instructions----
PLEASE !!!!!

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please share the choc pudding leather - I've rejoined WW and am counting points - looking for something choc that want kill my points

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I'm heading out the door, but I'll try to find time this weekend to post some of the various recipes I just used last weekend. They range from basic leathers, to fancier ones using cottage cheese or yogurt - I even made a leather that tastes just like pumpkin pie! My kids like the chocolate pudding leather I made the best, of course. LOL!

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My head is spinning.
Thanks for the tip on parchment paper. I am wanting to try the fruit leather. I live in a humid area, so I will store it in the freezer.

Dried fish?? That sounds strange to me. We just clean ours, put thim in zip-lock bags-filled with water & freeze.

I will have strawberries next month. I need good directions on making fruit leather before then. PLEASE !!!!!

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What great ideas! Thanks!
I use parchment paper to line my dehydrator trays when I make leather and then I cut the leather and paper together and just roll up... never had a sticking problem.
I have a food saver too. It has an attachment that vaccuum seals mason jars so you can open the jar, take a little bit, then seal the jar again. Before I had that, I used ziplock bags in the freezer with a paper towel in with the dehydrated food. Don't know where I heard of that but it worked.

I have some white fish that I would like to dry. I have dried salmon before but never delicate fish. Will it work or will it crumble? Any experience with this? Thanks.

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If you use jars and live in a humid area then I would probably do multiple jars since every time you open the jar to take food out moisture seeps in with the air. If it's in multiple jars then only the jar in use might run into a problem, so you wouldn't lose all of your hard work.

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I keep mine in a mason jar with a mason jar lid. But, I live in a very dry climate (between 5 and 10% humidity this time of year), so I may not be the person to listen to.

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before the Food Saver, we kept ours in zip lock bags in the freezer - now that I have a Food Saver I would put them in that, suck the air out (leave enough length to be able to re-seal or either do smaller packages of serving sizes and still keep it in the freezer.

I'm in the south east so humidity is a problem almost year 'round. I also don't have a lot of space to store jars of items at good storage temperatures.

Check out www.beprepared.com they have freeze dried food that is very good - my kids like to snack on many of the veggies and fruits plus they've had the best prices we've been able to find on the net. they have some food storage books that could help.

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What is everybody using to store their dehydrated foods? Last summer, my boyfriend did up all kinds of different fruits and stored them in ziplock baggies. They didn't keep very well - at least not for a long time. It seemed like within a month stuff was reconstituting right inside the bags.

Has anybody found good quality air tight jars made out of glass, ceramic or stainless steel?

I was looking at a gadget on amazon that sucked air out of plastic canisters, but it had oodles of super low customer ratings. I want to get something, but can't afford an "oops" by spending my money in the wrong place. I don't mind spending it if it's well placed money.

Thanks for your help!

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Welcome, and thanks for the tip on fruit leather!

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Hi, Everybody!

I just found this team.

I love my dehydrator. I have a 9 tray Excalibur. Yesterday I spent the afternoon prepping nine different kinds of fruit leathers and let them dry overnight. It was a fun experiment! This morning, I cut them up into nice snack portions and rolled them up in saran wrap for storage.

The book I used suggested spraying the sheets with Pam or equivalent cooking spray to keep the leathers from sticking. It worked out great for me. I used disposable sheets so the spray wouldn't ruin or mess up my good Teflexx sheets.

I just hope I have some roll ups left when I get home. I didn't have time to put them away before leaving for work and the kids are home from school today because of snow.

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I can't wait to get to know everybody! I have 3 Aerogardens that I use to grow herbs, lettuce and cherry tomatoes. I'm hoping to get their largest garden eventually so I can grow full size veggies like bell peppers and full size tomatoes.

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YES! But we have liner things for our dehydrator so I am not sure how to do it without it.. I know my mom use to make it in the microwave!

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Leather is just pureed fruit and sugar if you want it. You spread that out thin and let it dry. We tried making strawberry leather last summer, and we had a lot of problems with it sticking. We tried spreading it on wax paper, and that was a disaster. We now have one of those silicon sheets, and we'll try leather again on that when we have strawberries again.

Has anyone else had good success with fruit leather?

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Debbie,
I had somebody tell me to try fruit leather.
Can you explain that one ???

I am really getting into dehydrating food.

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Bluberry,
That ground venison jerky is quick & easy. We are out. It is very mild.
I was ask to spice the next batch up. I have 4# thawing. We mix it up tomorrow-let it marinade awhile the dehydrate it.
The last time, I followed the recipe given & added a splash of soy & smoke. I will be adding more seasonings tomorrow.
No nerve needed-nor much time--it is good !!!!!!

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Yum! That sounds delicious!

Dehydrating is really very easy.

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Okay----for lunch I had oatmeal and I threw in a few of the dehydrated strawberries-----Very Yummy!!!! I will certainly be making those again. I know if my kids start putting them in oatmeal, they will all be gone in no time.

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Parrotwoman------you are my dehydrating hero!!! I can't wait to try some of these things this summer!!
I really am glad to have another person on the team that has some experience with dehydrating-----the more the merrier and the more to learn from each other. I am hoping next week to get time and the nerve to try out the ground venison jerky thats on here-the one from road2healthy.

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I dry regular tomatoes. Cherry tomatoes and plum tomatoes work very well, too. The regular tomatoes take longer because they have more water.

I have never tried drying turnip and mustard greens, but I think they would work just like chard and kale, which dry and rehyadrate very well.

I don't like okra, so I haven't tried to dry it. I have dried poblano peppers, jalapeno peppers, eggplant, snap beans and cherries with good success. I think berries would probably dry like cherries. However, I think that watermelon and cantaloupe probably have too high a water content to dry well. On the other hand, you could always experiment with a small amount.

We make our own granola, and our dried fruit is used in that. I like to put dried pie cherries in muffins and fruit salad instead of raisins.

When I make soup, I toss in some dry veggies and let them hydrate as the soup cooks. This works on top of the stove or in the crockpot. Watch the liquid level because the veggies soak up a lot.

You can also rehydrate veggies by pouring boiling water over them and letting them sit for maybe half an hour. Then you can use them in recipes like you would fresh. There is a slight change in texture. I like to rehydrate summer squash and then bake it in a casserole with canned tomatoes.

There are some good books on drying food. I have an old one called "Making and Using Dried Foods."

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I have a million questions!!!!!
Can you use regular tomatoes for drying?
Can you dry and re-hydrate turnip & mustard greens?
What about okra-bell peppers-hot peppers-eggplant-snap beans-watermelon-cantaloupe-berries?

How do you use dehydrated fruits and veggies in recipes??? Told you that I was new to this.
So far, all I have done is jerky & green onions.

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I agree with BLUEBERRYLU - that idea about reconstituting ground dried tomatoes for tomato paste is MAGIC...! THANK YOU PARROTWOMAN. I hate needing 1 TBSP of tomato paste and then having the rest of the can in the fridge... You're a life and $ saver!

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Parrotwoman----I am so glad you are posting on this thread. I have already learned alot from you!!!!!

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Most veggies and fruit are done when they are leathery. They should bend just a little but not snap. Chard and kale are done when they crumble easily. (By the way, a friend puts dried kale in all kinds of things, because she crumbles it really small, her children don't realize they're eating kale.)

Another comment--I use really tiny summer squash for drying. When we get to that place in the summer where the summer squash are taking over our lives, we pick a bunch of tiny ones and dry them. They don't dry as well if the seeds have developed.

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PARROTWOMAN,
Thanks for the post !!!
I am just learning to use a dehydrator. Your post has given me many new ideas.
How to you know when veggies are done, before you put in the jars????

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I have really gotten into dehydrating in the last year. I have an electric Gardenmaster dehydrator and also a great big solar dehydrator that DH made for me.

I dry tomatoes, summer and winter squash, carrots, celery and celery leaves, onions, green beans, chard, kale, apples, peaches, and cherries.

When I remove the food from the dehydrator, I put it in a glass jar and leave it on the counter for a couple of days. If any condensation appears on the inside of the jar, I know it's not done. After a couple of days, if I don't see anything, I store it in a dark area. I also sometimes freeze dried foods, just to be on the safe side.

I grind up dried tomatoes. I can add just a bit of water and rehydrate it into tomaot paste. I also mix the ground tomatoes with powdered milk and herbs for homemade cup of soup.

Dried vegetables make great soup. For example, last night I browned stew beef, onions and garlic, and then I added water, dried zucchini, carrots, onions, celery, and tomatoes and let it simmer for about an hour. Five minutes before serving, I added crumbled dried chard leaves. It's really easy, and letting the dried veggies rehydrate as the soup simmers creates a fabulous broth.

We use most of our dried fruit in homemade granola. We actually use the solar drier to "cook" the granola. It works really well.

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lol.. I grew up on that recipe.. I have no clue how many pounds mom use to make but it was crazy! however, I haven't had it since becoming a veggie.. but very happy to pass on one of my mom's recipes!

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ROAD2HEALTHY,
I divided the jerky into 3 bags. 1 for DS,1 for SS, & 1 for the grandkids.
All 3 bags are empty.
My oldest grandson ask when I would make him some more. He did not share with his sister & brother.

Looks like I will be making tons of jerky. emoticon , at least it is a healthy snack high in protein-low in fat !!!!!

Many thanks for the recipe. I have lots of ground venison. Have plenty of steaks,too. But, Hubby doesn't eat jerky & gets offended when I use steaks to make jerky ???

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LOL... good deal!

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I would say---YES.
It is all gone !!!!!
Will be making more next week.


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Does that mean it was a hit? lol..

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emoticon Know what you mean, Did 2# of yerky. It didn't even 1/2 way fill up a quart bag.
Then SS & grands got into it. Maybe 1/4 bag left.

Next time, I will do about 6 pounds at a time. Maybe then it will last over a week!!!!!

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Okay---I am putting the jerky on my to-do list. I made a batch of the strawberries today---they turned out pretty good. The kids loved them, even my strawberry hater son--he said dehydrated was the only way he would ever, ever eat a strawberry. I sliced up a one pound package of berries, but as you all know it produced a handful of dried fruit. I am going to do another 2 packages of berries tomorrow so we have a little stash to put into our oatmeal instead of raisans. I am looking forward to doing more berries this summer, including trying to dry some blueberries.

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ROAD2HEALTHY & BLUEBERRYLU,

The family love it!!!! I will be doing more. Jerky disappears quickly around here!!!!

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I saw dried kiwi in the store today, looks so yummy, cannot wait to try it.

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I love to dehydrate fruit... just had some dried apple/strawberry mix in hot cereal for my late night snack... WAY YUMMY, fat-free and soooooooo much cheaper than dried fruit from the store...

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I'm looking forward to hearing how it turns out. I borrowed a dehydrator from a friend, I have groiund venison in the freezer, so I could try some out.

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ROAD2Healthy,
I have your recipe in the dehydrator now!!!
I added a splash of soy sauce, terryaki sauce & liquid smoke.

Will let you know how the family likes it soon.
It was easy to do. Thank You !!!!

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There is a good paper on dehydrating foods at The National Center for Home Food Preservation at and there are links to the various projects www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/dry.html



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Hubby's Mom says fruit turns out good!
Hubby says, he doesn't like dried fruit.

If you like dried fruits---go for it.
Do a small batch 1st. If you like it-keep going !!!

I would think they would be good in cereals etc....

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Has anyone ever dried berries?? My friend has a dehydrator she said I could borrow and I am itching to make something. They have a good sale on strawberries at a local grocery store and was thinking about experimenting with those. My fanmily loves that special K cereal with the dried berries in it.

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I have never heard of one melting!!! and now two... Ronco isn't doing well on this thread!! HAH! I use mine all the time: more late in the year. I make rind candies and fruit leather and dried fruit and soup mix and jerky... and... I love it. But I've had it for years and the box dissolved long ago and I have NO IDEA what brand it is...

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I think the one I bought at a garage sale was Ronco. Same thing happened to it. The trey melted inside. Stashed it away and never used it again. I always thought I would buy a new tray and didn't.

I did get a new one this year, made jerky an loved how it worked. Can't wait to use it this fall.

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Years ago, we bought a Ronco dehydrater. We pulled it out of the box, filled it with our goodies, and went to bed. The instructions said eight hours. We woke up the next morning and the dehydrator had melted in on itself! We put it back in the box and sent it back for a refund. I have been afraid to try one since. :)

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there ya go.. thank you for clarifying it!

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Jerky should last for a long time as long as it it sealed in an airtight container. Refridgeration is just going to make it last longer.Same with freezing.

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I dunno how long it will last out of it.. as it doesn't have any preservatives in it. Growing up we mom always use to put it in the fridge.. so, I said that just to be sure.. dunno for sure! I know we have taken it on day trips and such but that was the longest we had it out..

And the original recipe isn't spicy at all.. that is why I always use to make that one for the kids.. and add extra spices to the adults.. lol..

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The jerky sounds tasty--we have ground venison in the freezer. I have a dumb question, though. If it is dried jerky why does it have to be kept in the fridge? Being it's made with ground meat, does it not dry enough like regular meat? I was just curious.

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Sounds easy and good. I will definately be making some, soon I hope.

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Sounds yummy, is it real spicy?

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Here is mine if you would like to try.. The original recipe was for the oven.. you can also do it in the dehydrator.

Ground Beef Jerky

1 pounds ground beef (we used elk this time.. have used turkey in the past)
1 tsp salt
1/4 tsp pepper
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp powdered ginger

Blend-divide into 2 or 3 portions
Lay meat between wax paper
Roll to 1/4" thickness. Remove from wax paper. Lay on cake cooling rack. Place on middle rack of the oven at 175 degrees F. Leave oven ajar and cook for 6-6 1/2 hrs to dry. Cut in 1" strips. Store in Fridge.

Now.. emoticon put a sheet under the racks or you will have a mess like me!!

I have taken this recipe, divided it up and added extra cracked pepper to one, some cayenne pepper to another, some BBQ seasoning to one, terryaki (?sp) to another.. just played with it! It is good with the original recipe, or anyway to fix it!



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We don't really have a recipe right now. The dehydrator came with a mix to use. We used some ground venison, added the seasoning mixed it up. Then rolled it out flat, cut into strips and put on dehydrator.

I think this weekend we are planning on making more, with a new recipe that we actually have to mix the ingredients up for. If it turns out I will let you know what I used. I went to youtube to get ideas for recipes if that helps at all.

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Hillroad,
I would love your recipe for jerky using ground venison. I used thin slices off of the shoulders when I made jerky. I have plenty of ground.


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Years ago I had an old one, got at a garage sale. There was a reason the original owners didn't keep it. LOL

We just bought a cheap one at Wal Mart a couple weeks ago. We made deer jerky. Loved it!!!! We used the ground meat and seasoned it, let it sit in there about 12 hrs or so. Can't wait to get more made when we have time.

I also can't wait to use it this fall for everything we can think of. So if anyone has some great ideas please keep sharing them. I love all the ideas so far.

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Way to dry, could barely bite through it. the stuff I have made in the oven has turned out much better.

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The dehydrator that I am borrowing is a "Mr.Coffe".
It works just fine.

Lisa,
What was wrong with your jerky?
Mine turned out great. The boys want me to make them more !!!!

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I am looking for a good deal on a good one.

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I have a Bee-Buyers Food Dryer, is that the same as a dehydrator. It's at least 20 years old, was my grandma's I used it one time, and the jerky I did turned out terrible. Maybe I'll read up more on it as my interest is now sparked.

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Glad I started this thread------I want to learn as much as I can. What kind of dehydrators do you use. My sister said last night that she has an old one, but I have no idea what kind it is. I was checking out ebay just to see what types there are. Some seem pretty fancy and pretty expensive!!!!!!!

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Wow-
I have got to learn more about dehydrators.
I borrowed one to do deer jerky. It was easy.
Then I tried green bunch onions in it. I now have onion flakes to use in recipes.

Tell me more about the tomatoe paste!!!!
Oh, this is a great team, I just keep learning more & more. Thanks All !!!!

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paste! What a great idea! I forgot.. I do my minced garlic and herbs as well.

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My favorite uses for my dehydrator are for apples, jerky, and tomato paste. We dry tomato paste into a leather and then use it to make spaghetti/pizza sauce when we are on the trail when we go wilderness camping. I have also dried bean soups to rehydrate on the trail. I have a friend who drys all her tomatoes and just rehydrates them to make her sauces during the year.

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Ok.. am back.. mine is a Nesco American Harvest Gardenmaster Food Dehydrator
I LOVE it! Mine has a thermostat that can go from 95 to 155 degrees so I can do food in no time, or turn it down and get more of the good stuff! This was important to me.
I have 15 trays with mine.. as when I dry with it.. I do a bunch! it can hold up to 30 trays though. I did get some screens and the fruit-roll sheets.. which I use both a BUNCH.
You were talking about the Excalibur.. oh, I wish I could afford one.. however, I got an AWESOME deal on ebay a couple years ago, on mine and it has worked great.. I really love the fact that I can dry a ton and that I can still add more trays if I feel the need to buy more. It is easy to clean, pretty small since my kitchen is as well..but mostly the fact that I can dry my food at such a low temp!

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I have used the oven.. for like apricots and hamburger jerky.. turn it down as low as it will go and prop open the oven door.. it worked fine.. although I have never done whole fruit before..
NAK right now.. so let me finish here and I will get a chair and go and see what mine is.. bbl!

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My friend has a fancy oven (convection?) looks like a normal oven but it's not. One day I saw her slice whole, unpeeled, unseeded apples (they were starting to get old and wrinkled, needed to be used up), place them on a dry baking sheet, and put them in the oven to make dried apple slices. She has alot of kids; the kids LOVE zip bags full of dried apple slices.

Does anyone know: can you do this in a normal gas or electric oven?

I had a Ronco Food Dehydrator ~23 years ago. I tried to use it several times. I never liked it, didn't like it, tho the infomercial looked so good. My "sucessful" fruit molded and I couldn't get watermelon to turn out at all. {Shudder} bad memories to overcome there. It was rather primitive I think - tho I don't know you'll have to tell me - there were no controls, etc.

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When I ate 90% raw I used mine for EVERYTHING!!! This fall I used it for watermelons, peppers, onions, tomatoes, and anything else I could find! LOVE mine!

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I was just curious if anyone has or has used a dehydrator. What kinds of things did you make? I saw an article in Mother Earth news about it, and it said that is it quick, easy and tasty to dehydrate the tons of cherry tomatoes you get each summer. Has anyone ever tried that?

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