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2/22/12 6:46 A

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Hi I just did a huge case of lemons I got from a food distribution center. I zested them and dried the zest. Then ran it thru my coffee grinder to make powder. A pinch goes a long way. I juiced the lemons and stored the juice in 1 and 2 cup amounts. 1 cup for lemonade and 2 cups for4 lemon meringue pie.
I love drying potatoes, just steam the slices first or they will turn black. I learned to not let them overlap in the steaming as the parts covered will turn black, also.

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2/19/12 3:21 P

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My dehydrator doesn't have a temperture control, but I wished it did. It would be easier to time. I like to do mushrooms in it. You can rehydrate or ground them up to use as favoring. I also like doing pineapple. It makes a nice snack. I hydrate oregano and put it in a jar, when I use it I mash it up.(it stays fresher that way) I'd like to make vegetable soup with dehydrated veggie, but haven't tryed it yet. I dehydrated sweet potatoes, but I should have cooked them first. - Still learning LOL

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2/17/12 1:43 A

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I dehydrate meats in my oven and I used to use it for all foods before I bought a dehydrator. The main things I learned were that different foods dehydrate at different times, even if they are sliced consistently. So I learned to either only dry, say tomatoes, in the oven at one time, or if I'm going to dry 2 different kinds of foods, say tomatoes and plums, I need to watch the oven carefully and make sure neither gets too dried or burns. My ovens lowest temperature is 200F, so that's a bit warmer than the highest setting on my dehydrator (155), so I make jerky meats in the oven and use the dehydrator for plant based foods. I think it's really easy to ~cook~ your foods in the oven, you need to watch the oven carefully to prevent cooking and only heat to dehydrate!

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MARIANN143's Photo MARIANN143 Posts: 345
2/13/12 4:16 P

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My 10 year old oven has been repaired 3 times and now the broiler doesn't work. We purchased a new oven that has a dehydrate feature. I am anxious to try it. I am sure snacking on the dehydrated fruits and vegetables would be better than a handful of almonds. Any tips or dont's are appreciated.

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8/9/10 1:04 P

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Thanks Paul, and everyone! I've just gotten my dehydrator cleaned up from storage, and am ready to go to town with it! Peppers, onions, and even cucumbers, here I come! emoticon



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PAUL324's Photo PAUL324 Posts: 1,272
8/9/10 12:54 P

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Due to dry weather followed by a few days of rain I found my onions and potatoes rotting in the ground but still not ready to dig and store long term.
I dehydrated the onions, this worked great I have used them already and I'm happy with the results. I found if cooking I can just throw them in the pan the same as you would fresh as long as they will simmer in liquid for a few minuets. I'm sure they will keep longer so I will be able to use them all. I have dried peppers 4 years old still good. Sliced them with meat slicer for consistent thickness for drying.

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NETTIEDEE's Photo NETTIEDEE Posts: 534
8/1/10 10:09 P

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Hi Folks,

New here! Happy to have found this place.

I have been on the verge of buying a food dehydrator but hate having yet another appliance. But, I have a CSA box that gives me more fruit than I normally eat in a week and my freezer is getting full of chopped fuit for smoothies. I'd love to be able to dehydrate them, along with herbs from my garden, and more.

Folks have been dehygrating food since before electricity was harnessed. Hence my question: can any of you point me to instructions on how to dedydrate food using my oven?

Thanks!

Edited by: NETTIEDEE at: 8/1/2010 (22:11)
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7/31/10 12:04 A

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I don't have a lot of freezer space so I dehydrate a lot of food. I found that I can even dehydrate home made soups and chili. When rehydrated it tastes great and so much less room. Everything that I dehydrate goes int vacuum sealed bags or jars. Here are several sites that I use for information and recipes. Any meals that I dehydrate are fully cooked and only need to be rehydrated and then heated.

http://www.thefarm.org/charities/i4at/su
rv/dryguide.htm
this one gives a chart for times for blanching of fruits and veges

http://www.backpackingchef.com/dehydrati
ng-food.html

http://www.budget101.com/frugal/dehydrat
ed-dried-food-mixes-186/

http://www.pickyourown.org/dryingfoods.h
tm

http://www.canningpantry.com/dehydration
-of-food.html

http://farmgal.tripod.com/Dehydrate.html

http://simon-willis.blogspot.com/2007/02
/home-dehydrating-food.html
this one I like because I kayak and camp and it gives recipes to make your own foods to pack in.

If there is something specific that I want to dehydrate then I do a google search for dehydrating that specific item and always get a recipe for it.

Get a good dehydrator with a thermostat. Hope this helps - dehyrdating is easy and takes up a lot less room.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA's Photo LITTLEFARMMOMMA Posts: 12,047
7/30/10 12:31 P

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Thanks! I couldn't get that book from the library, but I could get the other one from Mary T. Bell, "Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook" at my library. I did see that Amazon.com has both of them.



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7/30/10 12:09 P

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Thanks! I just requested it from my library.

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7/30/10 12:04 P

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There's a dehydration book I bought last year that I love: Food Drying with an Attitude: A Fun and Fabulous Guide to Creating Snacks, Meals, and Crafts. By Mary T. Bell

I bought it on Amazon, but I just checked and they are out of them right now. Other books stores, or hopefully libraries may have it in stock.

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7/30/10 10:20 A

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I'm just chiming in with an I'd like to know too. We bought a new oven this past winter and it's supposed to have a dehydrating feature. Has anyone else used their oven?

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I would like to know, too!



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7/30/10 6:34 A

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Anyone out there that uses a dehydrator to store food if so I Am interested in any tips for tomatoes, peaches, onions, and have even been told cabbage is possible. I will experiment but would like to get a head start on others experience. Please post or E-Mail i will be away from computer for the week end camping with grand kids but will be looking monday



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