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My Poultry Seasoning Recipe...

5 Tbl Dried Sage
4 Tbl Dried Thyme
1 Tbl Dried Rosemary (for me, use less)
1 tsp dried Savory
2 Tbl Dried Parsley
1 Tbl Celery Powder ...that I made...

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Making Tomato Powder Video from Our half acre homestead

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Dehydrating Food 101 & Dehydrate Apple Recipe

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Hi All...

I just posted a blog on making Garlic Powder !!!
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Making Garlic Powder - Step By Step !!!

I make all kinds of powders to use in sauces, dips, seasonings, etc.
Everyone keeps asking me how I do it...'
So I thought I would show you !!!
Step By Step to make Garlic Powder...

With is procedure, I use Raw Garlic...
I started with 18 Huge Heads of Garlic that I found on a clearance shelf for 6/1.00...
My total investment was 3.00 ! emoticon

Separate the heads into individual cloves removing as much paper as possible...
I got a pot of boiling water going and once I had a rapid boil, I dropped in the separated cloves. Only leave the cloves in the hot water for just a minute (no need to bring the pot back to a rapid boil)...Do Not Cook The Garlic !!!
Strain the hot garlic and put into very cold water to stop the cooking action.
This is what I got from 18 Huge heads of garlic...8 Cups Cleaned !!!

Run the cleaned garlic cloves thru your food processor until you have a paste.
Then spread it onto the fruit leather trays for your dehydrator about 1/4" thick...Any thicker it will take forever to dry.

Dehydrate at 125 to 135F for about 8-10 hours...When you are able to lift the semi-dried paste off the trays, turn it over...This helps with getting the paste completely dry.

When the garlic paste is crispy dry, put into your coffee grinder.

And Grind until you get a fine powder...This is what it will look like.

Pour it into a fine mesh strainer over a bowl.

Stir with a spoon to help it get thru the strainer...

Look at this lovely powder !!!

Put what doesn't go thru the strainer back into the grinder with more dried paste and continue until all of the dried paste is ground...If some of your paste isn't completely dry, put it back in to your dehydrator and dry further...

From my 18 Huge heads of garlic, I got 3 cups of garlic powder !!!

Here it is all labeled and ready for storage...If you have those little packets that come in your meds or newly bought shoe boxes, put 1 or 2 in with the powder...

Done !!! Now you can Enjoy the BEST Garlic Powder Ever !!!

Now, if you want to dry other things to make powder out of, like tomatoes, carrots, potatoes, green beans, onions, pumpkins (this powder makes the best pumpkin pies ever), etc. they will need to either be cooked fully or at least blanched...

I hope you Enjoyed this Post and will try to make some yourself...You surely won't be disappointed !



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Three Simple Ways to Preserve Basil
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This time of year I am looking to preserve as many herbs as I can, to enjoy during colder months. Basil is one of my favorites and I grow, and use, a lot of it. It can be tricky to dry as it loses its color easily. I do have a dehydrator for drying, but since not everybody has one I thought I’d give you three simple ways to save your basil and enjoy it year round.



****Freezing in Oil

To use basil in pesto sauce, dried just won’t do. You can easily freeze your basil in olive oil and have it ready whenever you want it. Just place clean basil leaves in a blender or food processor and add olive oil. It is important that you use olive oil because it freezes solid. While the machine is running pour in oil until basil is blended. I use very little oil for two reasons. It takes up less room in the freezer and I don’t need so much oil. I can add more oil when I use it, but this way if I am doing a big batch i don’t go through all my oil. Once the mixture is blended pour or spoon it into ice cube trays and freeze. Once frozen solid pop out the basil cubes and put in freezer bags and return to the freezer. You can also freeze chopped basil without the oil. I like it better in the oil, but I freeze other herbs by just chopping them up and freezing them.

Frozen Basil Cubes

Process basil and olive oil until smooth

Spoon mixture into ice cube trays and freeze


****Microwave Drying

If you don’t have a dehydrator you can dry herbs in your microwave. It only takes a couple of minutes per batch. Just place a handful of fresh, clean basil leaves in a linen-type kitchen towel. Fold the towel over the herbs and place in the microwave. Be sure to put a raw potato in with the herbs in the oven. If you only put the herbs in, it is like running the oven empty and can damage the microwave. Just put the potato off to the side. If you do several batches you will have a baked potato. 🙂 If you have a turntable, just cook on high for 2 minutes. Check and see if they are dry- you might need a little more time. I need about 2 1/2 minutes in my microwave. Better to put them in for 15 more seconds at a time than to over dry them. If you don’t have a turntable microwave on high for a minute. After the first minute turn the herbs 1/4 turn and cook 15 seconds, turn again and cook another 15 seconds. Repeat four times in all. You can dry other herbs in the microwave. Small leaved herbs like thyme are done even faster. Remove the herbs from the oven and allow them to cool. check if they are dry enough and return, wrapped to cook longer if needed. Store in containers in a cool place.

Microwave dried basil on the left and fresh basil on the right

Place fresh basil on a towel and fold towel over the herbs

Place in microwave with a potato

All microwaves are different. Some will take longer and some even less time. Watch your herbs carefully. While I have never seen it happen I was told once that theoretically, they could catch on fire if left in too long. Urban legend perhaps, but just be careful.

****Herb Vinegars

When I grow basil I try to keep the blossoms pinched off. Better for leaf production. But by this time of year some are blooming. Rather than dumping the blossoms you can use them to flavor vinegar. Just snip off the blossoms* and place them in a sterilized bottle or jar. Use several sprigs of basil flowers for every 2 cups of vinegar. Make sure the vinegar is at least 5% acidity. I like to use different vinegars for different herbs. I often use cider vinegar, red wine vinegar (for purple basil) and white wine vinegar. Leaves can be used, too. Vinegar should be heated up to 190 degrees- or just below the boiling point. Close up the jar and store in a cool place (50-70 degrees) for a couple of weeks. Before using strain out the herbs and filter- I use coffee filters or you could use cheese cloth. Store in a pretty bottle, if you have one. They can be kept for up to a year when stored in the fridge.

Basil blossoms in vinegar

Snip off basil blossoms

Place blossoms in a jar or bottle

*It is also recommended that the herbs be sanitized. To do this combine 1 teaspoon of bleach with six cups of water. Dip the herbs in this solution briefly and then rinse well before placing in the jar.




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Homemade Fruit Leather Recipe

Start with equal parts of applesauce and fruit of your choice; fresh, thawed frozen, or drained canned. Homemade applesauce tends to work a little better if you have it available.

To fill two 14″ x 14″ Excalibur dehydrator trays, I used:
◾2 cup applesauce
◾2 cups fruit puree

If desired, you can also sweeten the fruit puree with 1-3 tablespoon of fruit juice concentrate. Orange juice concentrate adds a little citrus brightness, but any fruit juice concentrate will do.

Blend your applesauce, fruit puree and sweetener (if desired). The applesauce adds pectin, which creates the “leathery” texture of fruit leather. Without applesauce, most fruit puree will dry into a brittle sheet that crumbles when you peel if off the dehydrator sheets.

Prepare your fruit leather sheets by oiling lightly with a neutral oil such as refined coconut oil so the leather will release easily. Spread the puree evenly over the sheet in a 1/4 inch thick layer.

Load trays into dehydrator and dry at 135°F (57°C) for 8-20 hours. (Drying times will vary depending on which dehydrator you use, the amount of liquid in fruit, humidity levels in the air, and thickness of the fruit.) When dry, fruit leather should feel “leathery” – not sticky.

Sometimes you may notice that the underside is sticky when you peel up thicker leather. If this is the case, flip the moist side up and load it back into the dehydrator until evenly dry. (You can typically remove the fruit leather sheet at this time for better air circulation.)

To Store Your Homemade Fruit Leather

You can stack the sheets, dusting with arrowroot or cornstarch in between to keep them from sticking (optional), roll up the stack and put it in an air tight container for storage. (Works best if you want to store a lot of leather at once.)

I like to cut the leather into serving size portions before storage, and either stack them or roll them and pack into a zip top baggie or wide mouth mason jar for easy access. If properly dried, this homemade fruit leather should be shelf stable. You can store it in the refrigerator for a longer shelf life, but it’s not required.

Which Fruits are Best for Homemade Fruit Leather?

Canned fruits will contain extra liquid (and often sugar), which will increase drying times. Frozen fruit may be partially drained after thawing, which will decrease drying times.

Fruits that are naturally low in pectin include:
◾cherries
◾citrus fruits
◾melons
◾pomegranates
◾raspberries
◾strawberries

Fruits that are naturally high in pectin include:
◾apples
◾apricots
◾blackberries
◾blueberries
◾cranberries
◾currants
◾figs
◾gooseberries
◾grapes
◾guavas
◾peaches
◾pears
◾pineapples
◾plums
◾rhubarb

(Lists adapted from Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook.)

While applesauce or additional pectin is needed to produce a fruit leather with low pectin fruits, you are likely to be able to produce a leather with fruits that are higher in pectin on their own. That said, the applesauce combination mellows out the flavors and produces more consistent results. It can also help stretch things like berries, which tend to be more expensive. A mix of berries and apples still tastes mostly like berries when dried.

If you don’t want to use applesauce, you can also purchase powdered apple pectin for thickening. Add 1-2 tablespoons per 3 cups puree.

Feeling a little creative? Mix up two different purees, and spread them on your drying trays in stripes or put a lighter puree down as a base and use a darker puree for polka dots!

Recommended Equipment for Making Homemade Fruit Leather

It’s pretty easy to whip up a batch of fruit leather, but a few kitchen tools are needed.

Blender – Think applesauce consistency for your puree. I currently have a Vitamix, but any reasonably high powered blender or food processor will do.

Dehydrator – You can make homemade fruit leathers in a basic unit like a Snackmaster, or even a homemade dehydrator. Sun Ovens an also be used for dehydrating. (Buy your Sun Oven at CSH reader discount prices here.)

I like the Excalibur dehydrator for making fruit leathers because it is a little bit easier to spread the puree evenly on a rectangular surface. It’s also easier to cut and roll strips from a rectangle rather than a doughnut shape.

Fruit Leather Sheets – I bought the basic non-stick sheets for my Excalibur. Their ParaFlexx fruit leather sheets are much nicer, but more expensive. If you do a lot of leathers or foods with smaller pieces, they’re probably worth the investment. Snackmasters come with two fruit roll sheets, but you can also purchase additional fruit roll sheets.


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DRY HEAT PROCESSING



FOR: Grains and grain products

Dehydrated foods


Dehydrated foods too moist for storage with oxygen absorbers


Nuts, cocoa, etc.


Fill clean, dry canning jars with food. Place open jars in a preheated 200o oven leaving an inch or two between the jars. Leave the oven door ajar to allow moisture to escape. Heat quarts 10 minutes; pints 5 minutes. Remove hot jars from the oven. Put clean canning lids and rings tightly on the jars while they are still hot. Allow to cool. The lid will seal, but a vacuum may not form in the jars so the lid may push in when it is pressed. As long as the lids seal, the jars will be airtight.


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How to Dry Herbs – 4 Methods to Dry Fresh Herbs
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enjoy growing herbs and being able to use fresh herbs in recipes throughout the summer. However, once the herbs begin to bolt or colder temperatures threaten the plants with a freeze, I know it is time for me to give up my fresh herbs and dry the herbs, so I can use the dried herbs all winter long.

There are many ways to dry fresh herbs. I have included 2 methods for air drying herbs and 2 methods for drying herbs with heat. All of the below techniques are easy, some of the methods are slow, others fast, but they all are frugal.

How to Prepare Herbs for Drying

Pick herbs before they bloom, if possible.

Wash them in cool water to remove dirt and bugs. Pat with a towel to dry.

Remove leaves from the stems (unless you are hang drying the herbs). You can do this quickly by pinching the stem between your index finger and thumb and slicing your fingers down the stem. Most of the leaves will easily fall off.

How to Air Dry Herbs

Air drying takes longer than heat drying, but you don’t have to worry about burning your herbs or heating up the house.

How to Use a Cooling Rack to Dry Herbs

1.Place a paper towel on a cookie cooling rack.
2.Place herb leaves in a thin layer on the paper towel.
3.Place another paper towel over the herb leaves. Let sit until leaves are dry and crumble easily in your fingers.
4.Store the dried leaves in an air tight container.

This method takes 2 -3 days. It is faster than most other air drying methods, but you must have a spot that you can leave the herbs undisturbed for several days.

How to Hang Herbs to Dry

1.Take several branches of herbs and wrap a rubber band around the stems.
2.Hang upside down by the rubber band. If you can hang it from a rack it will allow more air to circulate around the herbs.
3.It takes about a week for the herbs to dry. Once dry, remove the dried leaves from the stem.
4.Store the dried leaves in an air tight container.

Since I live in the country and we have a lot of dirt, I am concerned about leaving herbs uncovered. So before I hang my herbs to dry, I often place them in a paper lunch sack and dry herbs in a paper bag. Herbs take a few days longer to dry in a bag, but ensuring they are dust free is worth it to me. I also use this method when drying cilantro flowers that have gone to seed because the bag catches the falling seeds. Then I save them and grind the cilantro seeds to make coriander.

How to Dry Herbs with Heat

You can dry herbs quite quickly with heat. The microwave method is the fastest, but you must be careful to check them frequently and only heat the herbs for short periods of time.

How to Dry Herbs in a Microwave

1.Place a paper towel on a microwave safe dish.
2.Put a thin layer of herb leaves on the paper towel.
3.Place another paper towel over the herbs.
4.Microwave on high power for 1 minute.
5.Microwave for an additional 30 seconds at a time until leaves are dry enough to easily crumble between your fingers.

Most herbs will be dry in 2 – 4 minutes.

How to Dry Herbs in the Oven

How to Dry Herbs in the Oven
1.Place herb leaves in a thin layer on a cookie sheet or oven safe pan.
2.Place the pan in the oven and turn it on to 180 – 200 degrees. Leave the door open while the leaves are drying. This will take from 2 – 4 hours depending on the thickness of the leaves you are drying.
3.When they are dried through, remove the herbs from the oven. Allow to cool completely before storing.

How to Store Dried Herbs

After you have ensured that the herbs are dried through, store them in an air tight container. If necessary, remove the leaves from the stems before drying. You can store the leaves whole and crush them before using them or you can crumble the leaves up prior to storing. You can also blend them with other spices to create your own unique spice mixes.


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Dehydrate Celery, Make Celery Powder

Chop celery either by hand or in a food processor. Do not over grind or you will have mush (unless you are going to powder it all) Then have at it...

Place chopped celery on your dehydrator trays lined with a mesh sheet (use a solid tray if you processed the celery)
Set the dehydrator to 125-135 and dehydrate for 5-6 hours depending on the size of your celery...

To make the powder, grind dried celery in a spice or coffee grinder.

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I finished Dehydrating my greens...Kale, Spinach and Collards...

I washed them and soaked them in a salt water bath for 5-10 minutes, then rinsed and spun them dry in my lettuce spinner.
Laid them out on the dehydrator trays with a mesh screen.
Dried them for 3-4 hours on 125F

Then ran the dried green thru the food processor...

Put the processed green thru a fine stainer.

I had to process and strain a few time, then finished the last bit with my coffee grinder.
Look at this Pretty Green Powder...Almost a whole Pint !!!

Can't wait to try it in my soups and sauces and MAYBE My Smoothies !
Still can't get down a Green Smoothie !!! :}

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How To Dehydrate Greens Plus Making Green Powder


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Green leafy vegetables are one of the easiest things to dehydrate. Luckily, with the whole foods movement they are becoming more popular and grocery stores and seed companies are carrying a wider variety. The only thing about buying them is that they go bad pretty fast. If you're growing them you have a little more leeway but even then you want to harvest them before they become too big and bitter or before critters eat them out of your garden. You can freeze greens, but honestly I'd rather save my freezer space for fresh ground wheat, nuts or avocados. Dehydrating leafy greens saves freezer space and money, adds a ton of nutrients to your diet, and they can easily be added to food storage.

How To Dehydrate Greens Step By Step

Start with fresh great looking produce like this rainbow chard.

Use a veggie wash to thoroughly wash your greens. I even do this for the greens I grow. You just never know what animals have been visiting your garden. Wash them especially if you buy greens from the store; they can have e-coli and other harmful bacteria.

Rinse your greens.

If you're washing a lot of greens just place them in the sink and pour about 1/2 cup of veggie wash in the water.

Make sure all the greens are submerged for at least 5 minutes.

You can leave the steams on if you like. I took the leaves off of this spinach because I like spinach leaves more than the stems. Keep in mind that because the stems are thicker than the leaves they will dry at a different rate, so if you dehydrate both you will need to turn the dehydrator up a bit and leave the greens in for a little longer.

I also took the leaves off of the kale.

Load up your trays. I have spinach here.

Here I have some red kale.

You can even dehydrate dandelion greens.

Here is my rainbow chard all ready to go.

I've always called this dinosaur kale but I think there are other names for it too.

I have to admit that I'm a stuffer. My favorite thing to say when loading my car is, "it'll fit!" And most of the time I get it all in there. It's not always in the best condition when it comes back out, but that's not the point, right? Anyway, you can stuff your greens in the dehydrator and they will dehydrate down and usually come out just fine. You can see I got all 9 trays into my Excalibur Dehydrator.

Or you can play it safe and skip every other tray so you give the greens more room. They will dehydrate faster like this because there is more airflow. It's all the same to me because I just leave it overnight (about 8 hours). When I get up in the morning the greens are dry even if I stuffed them in on every tray.

Remember those stems take a little bit more time and heat to dry so I did not put them on the herb setting. I put them on at about 105 F°.

How To Make Green Powder

Place Dried Greens in a Blender and process...
You don't have to make green powder, you can leave the greens in a dried leaf form and store them. They would go great in a stew or soup and will reconstitute just fine. I like using the FoodSaver to vacuum pack all the dehydrated greens. This is a half gallon jar and I'm using the wide mouth attachment.
Label your greens. Use them in soups, stews, casseroles or my favorite green smoothies.



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Dehydrating Fruit


Dehydrating Fruit, How to dry apples, peaches, pears, apricots, strawberries, cherries
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Dehydrating Fruits like: Apples, Apricots, Strawberries and more. Drying gives you healthy easy to store snacks. Peaches and Pears are the best!!

I'm a long time canner but I must admit.... dehydrating food does have some advantages.

Dehydrated food in small containers has it all over home canned food as far as space saving. In addition, dehydrating fruit makes quick easy snacks to take along on outings. Throw them in a zip lock baggie and you are good to go.

Dehydrating Fruit tips and hints

•Some fruit will be leathery when dried and some will be more crisp.
•Slice fruit evenly to promote even drying.
•Drying times can vary from 4 hours up to 14 hours. Stone fruits like cherries and apricots take the longest sometimes up to 24 hours!

Basic steps to dehydrating Fruit:
•Slice fruit into small pieces.
•Treat with a lemon juice dip if needed. Prevents browning.
•Lay out on trays in a single layer.
•Be sure air flows around individual pieces.
•The actual drying process can be with a dehydrator, in the sun and air, or in an oven.


Pre-treating When Dehydrating

Some fruits like apples, peaches, pears, even apricots will dry with a nicer color if you pre-treat the fruit before drying. The easiest way to do this is to dip in a lemon juice water mixture.


A good ratio is 1 cup lemon or lime juice to 1 quart water. This is not an exact requirement. I've seen some people use full strength lemon juice or half and half too. It is just a personal preference as to how much you use. You don't want to dilute the lemon juice too much though or it won't prevent that browning. These fruits may still turn some brown... but it will be less than not pretreating.


Slice fruits like apples or pears directly into a pretreatment. Let soak for 5 minutes, drain and lay out on trays.

Fruits like peaches and apricots can be cut in half, pitted, then "turned inside out". Press the skin sides in so that the fruit side presses out and the pulp is more exposed to the air flow.

The temperature you dehydrate fruits is usually between 125-135 degrees. I personally like to have a lower temp so I use about 125 degrees. You can also get the drying process kick started by using the higher temperature for an hour or two, then lowering to a gentler temperature to finish up. Don't start out too high though. You can end up with case hardening. This is when the outside of the fruit dries very quickly and ends up sealing off the interior. This will cause the drying time to be even more.

Cherries is one fruit that it is beneficial to dry at a higher temperature, then lowering the temperature to finish up. They take a loooooong time to dry.


Below are some approximate times for dehydrating food in a dehydrator. Actual Drying time will vary according to the size of pieces, temperatures and even humidity. You'll notice that these are very general guidelines.

Type of Food How to Prepare Approximate Drying Time Notes
How to dry
Apples Slice apples 1/4 inch. Pre-treat. Peeling is optional. 6 - 10 hours at 125 degrees Apples can be sprinkled with cinnamon sugar for a fun snack.

Drying Apricots Cut in half, pit and press inside out. 6-12 hours at 135 degrees. Apricots should be ripe and somewhat soft. Not green.

Drying Strawberries Wash remove cores. Slice 1/4 inch, lay out on trays. 4-6 hours at 125 degrees. Strawberries are probably the easiest and quickest fruit to dry.

How to Dry Cherries Cut in half, pit, and lay out on trays Dry at 165 for 2-3 hours, then at 135 until leathery. Texture will resemble a raisin. Cherries take a very long time to dry, I'm not convinced it is economical to do it, but they sure are tasty!

How to Dry Peaches and Pears Pears should be ripe but not soft. Peel, core or pit, and slice into quarters or 6ths. Treat to prevent browning. 6-12 hours at 125 degrees. Peaches and Pears are my favorite dehydrated fruit.

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Chili Seasoning Dry Mix

I do not add the salt or cayenne...The user can add their won to taste ! :}

Making your own mixes is a natural step for those of us who can and preserve our own foods. But unlike canning or freezing, which require special equipment such as canners or freezers, these recipes require very little and can be stored anywhere.

This one is for a wonderful chili seasoning mix. There is no need to buy those expensive packets from the store with fillers and ingredients you can't even pronounce when you can make your own.

Easy to Make Chili Season Mix

Ingredients:

4 Tablespoons chili powder
2 Tablespoons fine sea salt
2 Tablespoons paprika
4 Tablespoons onion flakes or granulated or 2 teaspoons onion powder
4 teaspoons cumin
2 teaspoons Oregano
1 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon cayenne

Directions:

Mix dry ingredients together thoroughly. Store in a airtight container and store in a cool dark place.

Add 1 - 2 tablespoons of seasoning to a pound of hamburger to suit your tastes. You can add more or less cayenne pepper depending on how spicy you like your chili.

** I use 1/4 cup per lb of ground meat !



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How to Make Homemade Instant Mashed Potatoes

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Dehydrated Potato Granules


1. Peel and rinse the potatoes.
The amount of potatoes required will depend on how many trays you are going to be using. If you are using a dehydrator, I found that about 4 potatoes per fruit leather tray worked well.
2. Quarter and boil the potatoes.
Cut each potato into 4 pieces and place the pieces in a pot. Add water to just cover the potatoes, and bring to a boil. Cover the pot, reduce heat to low, and allow the potatoes to simmer until tender--approximately 20 minutes.
3. Drain potatoes.
Once the potatoes are tender, drain in a colander and allow them to dry somewhat.
4. Mash the potatoes.
Return the potatoes to the pot, and mash them well. Do not add anything to them--we are mashing only plain potatoes. Mash the potatoes until they are smooth and lump-free.
5. Dehydrate the potatoes.
If you are using a food dehydrator, spread the mashed potatoes in a fruit leather tray. Dehydrate at 130 degrees F until dry (I did mine overnight, and they were done by morning).
If you are drying in an oven, lightly grease a jellyroll pan, and spread the mashed potatoes in the pan. Be careful you don't layer it in too thickly, or it will take forever to dry out--try not to go thicker than 1/4". Put your oven on its lowest temperature, and leave the potatoes to dehydrate until they are dry all the way through. They are dehydrated when you can bend the potatoes and a piece snaps off.
6. Grind the dried potatoes.
Remove the dried potatoes from the fruit leather tray or jellyroll pan and break the sheet of potatoes into chunks. Place a few chunks at a time in your blender, and pulse, breaking up the chunks into small granules. It is important that your potatoes are dried out all the way, because if they are not, they wont break apart like they should in the blender (and there is danger of spoilage during storage).
7. Store the granules.
Once you have blended all your potato chunks into granules, you can store them. Glass jars work well for this, but you can also use plastic containers or Ziploc bags. Store the granules in a cool, dark place.
8. To rehydrate the potatoes:

For 4 Servings:

Bring 1 cup water or milk (or a combination of the two), 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil. Add 1/2 cup potato granules, stir, cover, and remove from heat. Allow to sit for 5 minutes, or until the granules have softened. Whip the potatoes with a fork, whisk, or beaters, adding additional milk and butter if desired.

For thicker potatoes, decrease liquids, for thinner, increase liquids.

Of course, you can also just rehydrate the potatoes with boiling water and skip the salt, milk, and butter if you'd like them plain.

Dehydrated potatoes are great for camping and those who travel a lot. They are also nice to have around as an "emergency" food, in the case of natural disaster or other emergency. Dehydrated potatoes are also a handy "convenience" food to have around for when you need to throw together a quick, fuss-free dinner.

And here's a Troubleshooting link !!! Very Helpful !

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Zucchini Chips

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Perfect snack for school lunches, after school or work snacks, or as a side dish with meals.



Minutes to Prepare: 5

Minutes to Cook: 10

Number of Servings: 4



Ingredients

1 medium zucchini (about 10 ounces)
Pinch salt
Pinch black pepper
Parchment paper




Tips


I prefer free flowing salt for this recipe since a little will go a long way! Feel free to change up or add additional spices or seasonings. Cayenne pepper, dried thyme, or rosemary will all work well with these chips.



Directions

Cut the unpeeled zucchini into 1/16 inch slices using a knife, the slicing blade of a food processor, or a mandoline.
Place cut slices onto paper towels, and pat them dry.

MICROWAVE INSTRUCTIONS: (UPDATED)
Place a sheet of parchment paper atop a microwave-safe plate.
Mist the zucchini slices with cooking spray, then sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place each slice on the plate, being careful not to overlap the slices.
Microwave on high for up to six minutes, let rest for one minute, then cook another minute. You want to let the chips rest when they appear to be drying out but are not yet browned.
Remove any chips that have light brown spots and the cook remaining chips, if any, for one more minute. Repeat with the remaining slices using the same parchment. Cool completely before storing in an airtight container.

OVEN INSTRUCTIONS:
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the zucchini atop the parchment in a single layer, then mist with cooking spray.
Bake for 10 minutes, flip, then bake for another 10 minutes, or until the chips have reached the desired crispiness.
For crispier chips, use a wire rack instead of parchment.

Serving Size: Makes 4 servings, approximately 20 chips per serving.


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What to Do with All of Your Pumpkins ! Make Powder

Unbelievable !!! Look how Great this works !!!
Thank You Mrs. Volfie !
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1/4 cup dry to 1 cup hot water = 1 cup puree

When I did my pumpkin powder, after roasting and cooling and scooping, I let the scooped pulp sit a bit and then drained off much of the water, then ran it thru my food processor. I spread mine a bit to thin so it dried like glass sheets.
Next time I will spread it thicker.
I read on a blog to freeze the dried pumpkin so when you grind it, it's like glass and will grind to a fine powder.
Do try it and let me know how it works for you...It made a Great Pie for me !!!!



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Cream of Whatever Soup Mix

From VintageJen88

you can make a large batch and store(or if you want to do the math, make just a single serving). This particular recipe is from justapinch.com but it's all over the internet if you google "cream of whatever."

2 cups of instant powdered milk
3/4 cup cornstarch (or ClearJel will work)
1/4 cup chicken bouillon granules
2 tablespoons dry onion flakes
1 teaspoon each basil and garlic powder
1/2 teaspoon pepper

Mix 1/3 cup of the mix with 1 1/4 cup cool water. Whisk together, add stir-in ingredients now such as the dehydrated broccoli and cheese powder or maybe some dried mushrooms. Bring to a boil and stir for 1 minute then remove from heat. I'd let it sit for at least 5 minutes after that to continue thickening and re hydrating the stir-ins.



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Dehydrating Broccoli

Broccoli is very easy to dehydrate if you start with frozen chopped broccoli. Just spread partially thawed chopped broccoli on dehydrator trays that have first been lined with non-stick dehydrator sheets or parchment paper. That keeps the dried broccoli from slipping through the holes in the mesh. Here are the instructions. http://www.simplyprepared.com/dehydrating_
frozen_vegetables.htm One pound of frozen chopped broccoli yields 1 cup dried broccoli.

Here is an easy recipe to use it in.

CHICKEN BROCCOLI RICE CASSEROLE (Pantry Cooking with Home Preserved Foods)

1 pint chicken, drained and shredded, reserving the broth
1 can (10-3/4 ounces) condensed Cheddar cheese soup
1 can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
1 cup long grain white rice, cooked (3 cups cooked rice)
1 cup dehydrated chopped broccoli
Seasoned bread crumbs

Add water to the reserved broth to equal 1 cup. In a large bowl, whisk together soup, milk and broth water. Add shredded chicken, cooked rice and dehydrated broccoli. Combine well. Pour into a greased 2-quart baking dish. Top with seasoned bread crumbs. Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes. Serves 6.



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Great Article !!!

I wonder how many people still get emails for this thread ?
I will post it for you as it's own thread !

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I came across this article on dehydrating foods. There are some very good tips here. What do you think?

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I just watched a video on dehydrating sweet green or red peppers ! Gosh Am I Hooked !
www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jLf-T2GgtY&
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So Easy and Space Saving !

***Blanche whole 4 minutes then slice and/or dice and add to dehydrator !!!

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DIY Dishwasher Detergent Cubes
by Rachel Paxton

Last year I made homemade dishwasher detergent for the first time. I have been using it ever since. I didn't think the recipe could be improved on, until I found the idea for these DIY dishwasher detergent cubes.



The recipe for these is basically the same as the dishwasher detergent I posted earlier. The difference is the addition of lemon juice, which is used to bind the powders together so that you can shape them in the form of cubes.

DYI dishwasher detergentIngredients:

2 c. Borax
2 c. Arm & Hammer Washing Soda
1 c kosher salt or Epsom salt
Bottled lemon juice
Ice cube trays

In the previous article, Lemi Shine was used in the place of lemon juice. The Lemi Shine and lemon juice both provide needed citric acid to the recipe. People who have really hard water love Lemi Shine. It does a great job of naturally reducing water spots and cloudiness on glassware. If your water isn't really hard, then you might find the lemon juice works just as well. So far the lemon juice is working great for me.

Mix the Borax, washing soda (not baking soda), and salt. I used Epsom salt for this recipe. Next pour in a little lemon juice and stir. Keep adding lemon juice until the dry mixture clumps together. You want the mixture to be moist but not soggy wet.

Press the mixture into the ice cube trays. You might want to measure the height of your ice cube trays and the height of the dishwasher detergent compartment in your dishwasher. The cubes may be too tall to fit in your dishwasher detergent compartment. If it is too tall, just fill the ice cube trays half full so that they will fit in your dishwasher.

This recipe will fill approximately four ice cube trays. Press the mixture until it is compact. Place the trays in a warm place to dry. This is great to do during the hot summer months. In our 100 plus degree weather mine dried on the back patio in less than 24 hours.

After the cubes have dried, pop them out of the ice cube trays and store them in an air tight container.

You might wonder if these work better than the previous recipe. Actually they work about the same, and I like both. These are a little more effort to make, but a lot of people have problems with the powder in the first recipe hardening in the container, making it hard to get out. These cubes eliminate that problem, you just take out a cube and it is ready to use.

And don't forget to use white vinegar as a rinse aid in your Jet Dry compartment. This will also help cut down on hard water spots and keep both your dishes and your dishwasher sparkling clean.


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Preserving Carrots: Powder and Puree From Annie's Place

Carrots are my next victim in the puree and powder obsession. Our local farm usually carries these in the fall and I love to stock up. Two years ago I bottled a ton a carrots and no one was eating them so I had to employ my sneaky skills of pureeing and powdering. I drained the water, pureed the carrots, froze half of them in food cubes and dehydrated the rest. I liked it so much that I no longer bother with bottled carrots and go straight to the puree and powder.

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TOMATO CHIPS

All you’re gonna need (besides a dehydrator) is Roma tomatoes (others would work also, but smaller ones are better), sea salt or kosher salt (something coarse), and dried basil.

Slice your tomatoes, with the skin on, about 1/4 inch thick.

Arrange slices on a dehydrator tray.

Sprinkle them with sea salt or kosher salt (You want a coarser salt) and a bit of dried basil.

Go easy on the salt because whatever you add will taste like double once the chips are dried.

Set dehydrator to vegetable temperature, around 135 degrees, and dry until crispy, anywhere from 8-12 hours.

Store in airtight container and enjoy!!!

Get ready to make some more though, because these won’t last long.

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Bouillon Cubes

Ok, my kitchen turned into my science lab again yesterday.
I was looking for how to make bouillon cubes and found a recipe. The only problem is it has salt in them....
You mix
5 Parts Salt

3 parts Wild Food (Stinging Nettles in this case) or you can use other vegetables such as celery, carrots, parsley, etc...

1 Part Onion Powder

1 Part Garlic Powder

1 Part Italian Herbs

and enough bullion to make a thick paste.

Form your cubes and then dry them in your dehydrator.
Here's the link for the process...and complete recipe.
www.urbanoutdoorskills.com/bouillon-
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From a gallon of broth, I got 1 cup of thick gel.
Not sure it I will make them with this recipe...I'm still looking for something with no salt or less salt.
(I know I can make cubes without salt and freeze them) I was just trying to avoid the freezing part.

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Bringing Dehydrated Foods Back to Life

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Tomato Powder !

Go Figure...Why didn't I think of that ???!!!!
Instead of Grinding your dehydrated tomatoes, puree them first, then dry and grind !
You will get a much finer tomato powder...

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Dehydrating Bananas from The Prairie Homestead

2 bunches (as we call them) bananas
1/2 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

Cut length wise 1/8" thick and place in a bowl with the lemon juice.

Place in dehydrator set at 135F for 6-8 hours or until leathery.

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Au Gratin Powder Mix

1/4 c Cheese Powder Any flavor you like.
1 Tbl onion flakes
1/4 tsp baking soda
1/8 tsp celery seed
1/8 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp dried parsley

This makes enough for one box mix...
Can Double, triple etc....

To make Au Gratin Potatoes.

Boil 2 cups water and 2 Tbl. butter in an oven proof casserole.
Add 3 cups dried potatoes and above dried mixture...
Stir until creamy...
Add 2/3 cup milk...Stir.
Bake 400F 30-35 minutes or until the potatoes are tender...
Enjoy !

Here's my Blog on making the dry mix and canning the potatoes and dry mix in a jar...

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Dehydrating Potatoes

Just wash your potatoes really well, then peel or don't peel...
Always wash the potatoes really well before peeling so the bacteria from on the skins won't get onto the potatoes...
Slice 1/4" thick ...uniform slices helps them all to dry consistently...
Bring a large pot of water to a boil...Add potatoes and boil for 7-8 minutes...
This helps to stop the oxidation and your slices won't turn dark.
Take out of water and immediately plunge them into COLD water...I fill my sink with cold tap water...this stops the cooking action...
When the slices are cold, take out of the water and lay on a clean dish towel and pat dry with a paper towel or another towel...
Place slices on your dehydrator shelves that have been sprayed with Pam...So not overlap.
If your dehydrator has a temperature dial, set to 135 or so and dry for 14-16 hours or until they are crispy...If not, then just turn on your dehydrator and keep an eye on them...Do not let them turn golden...
Take out of dehydrator and let cool to room temp and then store in an air tight container.
Have fun...

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Terry...You're going to Love these...They are so Inexpensive to make and No salt !

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I just happened upon you "Onion soup mix and the garlic powder" I'll have to try these...I just got a dehydrator for my fresh herbs...

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WoW !!! Eggplant Bacon ???
I just had to scope that one out !!!

Here is a blog with recipes if anyone is interested ...


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I bought a package of Sun Dried Tomatoes a couple of weeks ago -- first time ever. Did I ever gulp at the price, but needed them for a recipe. Yes, doing my own will save a TON of money.

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Hi Linda...When I make mine, I use half bouillon and half espresso.
It give it a rich flavor but you can leave it out.
You're Welcome. I love making my own dried mixes...It sure save a ton of money.

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Patti, just reading your home made Onion Soup powder and wondering what job does the expresso do? I don't drink tea or coffee of any kind, not even in baking or cooking....
The rest of the recipe sounds great.

Also, thanks for the dried Garlic powder and the Sun Dried Tomatoes. These sound fabulous.... I will have to give them a try....

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Simple Homemade “Sun-Dried ” Tomatoes
From The Prairie Homestead

Oh !!! I can Smell them Now !!!! YUMMMM !!!!!

The only thing I do differently is slice them from top to bottom...They may take a bit longer to dry but they are meatier !


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Dried Green Beans...

Wash fresh beans and cut into 1" pcs...
Steam blanch for 10 minutes stiring occasionally so they all get steamed. Don't make them to deep.
OR
Boil Blanch for 2 minutes...
Immediately, take out of steam basket and put on dehydrator shelves. (I put mine on a towel and blotted them to absorb some of the moisture first)
Dry for 4-12 hrs till they are brittle and completely dried.
Store in a well sealed jar or container in your pantry.
No need to freeze.
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How to Make Raw Garlic Powder

I got this idea from my beautiful cousin, a fellow DIYer from Cali. When I found out she made her own garlic powder, I knew I had to find out how! A few months ago, she had a 3-hour layover in Seattle, and we hadn’t seen each other in years. It was a no-brainer – we simply had to get together! So my daughter and I drove down to the airport meet her, and we took her out to dinner. We had a great time together over some very delicious lamb, and she revealed how easy it is to make your own garlic powder.

As soon as my store-bought garlic powder ran out, I tried my hand at it with a modification or two to fit my style. I always change things up to fit my style, don’t you? ;)

She has given me permission to share it with you all! Thank you, dear Cousin!



Raw Garlic Powder

Gather supplies:

• One head of garlic
• Garlic press
• Knife
• Dehydrator tray lined with wax paper or equivalent

Break apart your head of garlic into individual cloves. Cut off the ends and peel, if needed. (I don’t always peel my garlic when using a press.)



Press through garlic press directly onto the lined dehydrator tray. If you don’t have a garlic press, slice the garlic very thinly.



Spread pressed or sliced garlic thinly on tray and dehydrate on low for 12 – 24 hours. I set my Excalibur to 95 degrees. Enjoy the garlic smell wafting through your house!

You can also use an oven set on the lowest setting. This does not guarantee that the finished product will still be raw as the lowest setting on most modern ovens is 170 degrees. If desired, you can leave the oven door open to lower the temperature. Keep in mind, the garlic might be dried sooner than 12 hours.



Put dried garlic “chips” in blender or coffee grinder and grind to powder. Store in appropriate container.



I promise you, this will be the best garlic powder you have ever tasted! It is very strong and will last much longer than your store-bought garlic powder because you won’t use as much. Warning! You may need to adjust your recipes to taste unless you really like garlic.

I hope you enjoy this as much as we do!

UPDATE !!!! 8-4-2014

Ok...Now that I have done this numerous times...Here are a few short cuts that I found out helps cut your time...
1. Get a pot of boiling water going on your stove. Clean off the outside paper of the heads and separate the cloves. Cut the tip off each clove and when all cut, plop them in the boiling water for about 30 seconds...NO LONGER....
Then take out of boiling water and drop into very cold water to stop the cooking action. I fill my sink as our well water is Very Cold !!!
When cool, take out of cold water and put on a towel or put into a colander to drain.
The skins will slip right off !!!!
2. After all of the cloves are de-skinned, put in a food processor and process until they are finely minced...NOT Mush ! No need to kill your hands with the garlic press !
Spread out in your dehydrator. I use window screening cut to fit the trays...mine didn't come with the tray liners.
3. Do NOT touch the garlic in the dehydrator until it is almost done. It sticks to the liners and gets in the holes if you try to spread it around. If you wait, it will peel off easier.
4. When Done, I take the liner sheets over a cookie sheet and rub the liner together to help get the stuck pieces off. Then off to the coffee grinder and give it a whirl !!!
5. You can grind into powder or to a mince grind...which ever you like !


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From Countrycrone

Make Zucchini Chips With A Food Dehydrator.
Zucchini Chips Are A Great Alternative To Potato Chips .


Are you looking for a healthier alternative to fried potato chips?
Would you like to eat a chip that does not have excess oils, excess salt and unhealthy fats?
If so, the answer lies with a food dehydrator and raw zucchini.
Zucchini chips are a healthy, low fat, non-fried vegetable chip alternative to standard potato chips.


Preparation:

1. Slice unpeeled zucchini into slices about 1/4 inch thick

2. Blend 2 tomatoes, chopped fine and some minced garlic in a bowl.

3. Add salt and pepper to taste.

4. Now add a small amount of olive oil to the mixture.

5. Coat both sides of the zucchini slices in the tomato/garlic mixture.

6. Place the zucchini slices on the dehydrator’s drying trays

Dry the zucchini slices for 12 hours or until the slices are crisp, showing no signs of moisture within the slice. Break a zucchini chip open to test the inside of the slice.

Enjoy your healthy zucchini chips.

As an alternative, I have also used yellow squash and kale.

This is so yummy. Hope you like it.


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Homemade Onion Soup Mix

4 tsp onion powder
2 tsp table salt
2 tsp Brown Sugar
1 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp celery seed
1 tsp dried thyme
3 Tbl Corn Starch
1 tsp Expresso Powder

Mix all together and store in a well sealed jar.

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Please Post your Dehydrating Recipes Here...

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Patti, thanks for the site. Lots of stuff to look up there.....

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Here is how to Dehydrate potatoes.
Yes, you have to steam blance or boil them...(I steam blance)
I'm still looking for that recipe but this may get you going...

Instructions
1 Wash potatoes, removing any spoiled areas. Skins can be removed or left on for vitamins.

2 Bring a large kettle of water to a boil. Add salt to taste.

3 Slice potatoes into 1/8-inch-thick rounds.

4 Place potato slices in a vegetable basket and dip into boiling salt water.

5 Wait for water to return to a boil.

6 Boil potatoes for 6 to 8 minutes.

7 Remove potatoes from boiling water and place basket of potatoes in ice water for 15 minutes.

8 Spread blanched potatoes in a single layer between paper towels and blot dry.

9 To dry in conventional oven, coat cookie sheets with vegetable-oil spray.

10 Spread blanched potato slices on sheets in a single layer.

11 Place in oven on lowest setting, around 170 degrees F.

12 Keep oven door cracked for air circulation and for moisture to escape.

13 Turn slices over after 1 hour.

14 Continue turning every 30 minutes until potatoes are brittle and translucent, but not pliable.

15 To dry in dehydrator, place potato slices on racks coated lightly with vegetable-oil spray. Place slices in a single layer and not touching each other.

16 Follow dehydrator instructions on settings and times.

17 Let potatoes cool; store in a glass jar or large plastic bag.

Tips & Warnings

When dry, potatoes will be a pale white color with a tinge of yellow.

Some potatoes dry faster than others, so check every 15 to 30 minutes for dried slices and remove them.

Rehydrate potatoes by pouring boiling water over them and letting them sit for at least an hour.

Avoid letting slices become brownish in color when drying. This means they are overcooked and could have a bad taste.

Read more: How to Dry Potatoes | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/how_3448_dry-potatoes.
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I used some dehydrated celery for a chicken stew this week. 1 cup of celery made about 4 cups reconstituted...... I did this outside of the stew because I was not sure how much water I needed and good thing as I originally used 1:3 ration but found that was not nearly enough water.

Potatoes are on sale today so I want to dehydrate them. My sister says I have to blanch them. Anyone else tried potatoes? Any other tips and hints ou can pass along?

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When I dry cherries and apples, I get them going along and then turn the dehydrator off and on. Otherwise, they are crispy on the outside and undone on the inside. Leaving them alone overnight in the dehydrator evens the moisture out better, and then I can tell if I need more time.

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Hi Linds, Yes, fruit should not be brittle but veggies must be or they will mold.
I've dried mushrooms, corn, green beans, zucchini and carrots.
They rehydrate very well but must be brittle.

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I have a dehydrator, but so far, I have only used it for herbs and fruit. I dried apples and cherries in it, and found that you need to make sure not too over dry them, or they become brittle. They can be re-hydrated, and used in recipes, but are not so nice to eat out of hand, when they get too dry... It works wonderfully for the herbs, and they get dry much quicker, than when I use the oven method.


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Gosh, Probably but I'm not sure of the adjustments...
Maybe Google " dry beans in the oven recipe" and see what comes up.

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Can these be dried in an oven instead, if so - what are the adjustments in time, etc. on that?

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Dried Green Beans...

Wash fresh beans and cut into 1" pcs...
Steam blanch for 10 minutes stiring occasionally so they all get steamed. Don't make them to deep.
Immediately, take out of steam basket and put on dehydrator shelves. (I put mine on a towel and blotted them to absorb some of the moisture first)
Dry for 4-12 hrs till they are brittle and completely dried.
Store in a well sealed jar or container in your pantry.
No need to freeze.

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