Vegetables and Fruit forum: Got a dehydrator today

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Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
Jul 3, 2013 10:40 AM CST
Well now I can Can, freeze and dehydrate everything.

My husband surprised me with it so I am making jerky out of deli meat.

Was wanting to make fruit roll ups out of the persimmons and other fruits that are growing here.
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 10:43 AM CST
You're gonna love it! Congratulations!
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 1:49 PM CST
I know one can do fruit and also do tomatoes sorta like sun dried tomatoes. How about other veggies?

Congrats on the new dehydrator!
Name: Arlene
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 1:55 PM CST
I really have only done fruit. My family has orchards in the Traverse City area so we get a lot of fruit free from them. Really, my 86-year-old mother is still drying a lot of fruit for me Lovey dubby

My son has done jerky though. I'm not a fan, but if you are you can make better than you can buy!
Name: Peggy
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hazeleyes
Jul 3, 2013 2:01 PM CST
Yes a lot of other veggies and fruits.Even hear people talk about cantaloupe and water melon.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:10 PM CST
Thanks! That looks like lots of great information. I sure would love to dry tomatoes and green beans to use in the winter.
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 2:13 PM CST
You know, I always said I wasn't a fan of dried tomatoes but then I realized it probably depends on the variety. I have a dehydrator so I should try this year with some of my favorite varieties and see.
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Newyorkrita
Jul 3, 2013 2:34 PM CST
Arlene, you should definatley try for dried tomatoes. They cost a fortune in the stores! I bet you could sell them at market too.
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 3:21 PM CST
Oh, you're a genius! Especially the ones I cannot sell for want of a crack or something! Not sure if they're considered "prepared" food but I know someone else who sells a few. I'm going to try that! thanks for the idea!
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ShadyGreenThumb
Jul 3, 2013 5:40 PM CST
I have to look into this dehydration thing. I have had one for 10 years and it is under used!
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abhege
Jul 3, 2013 7:11 PM CST
Mine too. I think I'll pull it out now.
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crittergarden
Nov 26, 2013 10:07 AM CST
I got a dehydrator this summer to dry lots of my farm CSA produce for winter.
I followed the instructions and even left them in longer than recommended.
Then I put them in ziplock bags.
And they MOLDED!!!!!

What did I do wrong?
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 26, 2013 11:56 AM CST
Did the instructions specify how thinly different crops need to be sliced?

And how thinly they need to be spaced apart on dehydrator racks?
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crittergarden
Nov 26, 2013 12:01 PM CST
For spacing, it said "not touching".
And as for thinness, I used my mandolin - very thin.
Had more trouble with the beets than the zucchini but after the beets visibly molded I didn't trust the zucchini.....
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Name: Rick Corey
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RickCorey
Nov 26, 2013 12:21 PM CST
I don't know.

But I just learned that "mandolins" aren't just musical instruments!

http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&keywords=best+mandoline+sli...
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crittergarden
Nov 26, 2013 12:29 PM CST
Such a handy tool for those of us who cook for one.
I have a Cuisinart for when I do batches of a recipe for the freezer.
But if I'm just making a little of something, I use the mandolin.
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mistyfog
Dec 20, 2013 10:48 PM CST
Recently, in the grocery store, I saw dried okra and green beans.
They looked very good too.
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crittergarden
Dec 21, 2013 1:18 AM CST
Happy Solstice everyone!
The sun has begun its return to us.
With apologies to our friends from the Southern Hemisphere - In only 6 months will begin its return to you again.
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