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Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby paradoxbox » Fri Jan 05, 2018 12:51 am

Me and the girl just got a pretty decent food dehydrator/dryer at a clearance sale and I'm looking for ideas!

Anyone got recipes?

I'm thinking all kinds of jerkies, dried fruits, etc. but I am open to just about anything. Anyone else out there in kitchenland making dried foods?

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Re: Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby Zasso Nouka » Sat Jan 06, 2018 6:20 am

Wanted to have a go at food drying and once made a solar dryer but it didn't work out as it's too humid here in the summer to dry food properly I think in a solar dryer. It wouldn't dry food enough in a single day and food went mouldy overnight if left in the dryer.

Would love to hear how you get on as that may inspire me to buy and electric one.

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Re: Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby Eric in Japan » Mon Jan 08, 2018 1:34 pm

I would just check the clearance rack at the local supermarket before closing and dry whatever catches my fancy. No real new ideas though.
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Re: Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby paradoxbox » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:46 pm

Are you supposed to soak vegetables in some kind of marinade before drying or just dry them as is?

Going to give tomatoes a try tonight, maybe oregano and basil flakes. But not sure if I'm supposed to add olive oil to the tomatoes first or just dry them as is.

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Re: Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby Zasso Nouka » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:17 pm

According to the book I bought on solar dryers you can just dry them as is or pop them into a pot of boiling water for around 30 seconds if you want to remove the skins before drying.

Our plan was to part dry them and then put into olive oil so they remained 'chewy' rather than becoming hard and brittle but we never got that far cause they went mouldy in the dryer overnight.

I think for drying apples you can soak them in lemon juice to stop them going brown before drying but citric acid achieves the same result without giving them a lemony flavour.

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Re: Food dehydrator ideas please!

Postby paradoxbox » Thu Jan 11, 2018 12:19 pm

Thanks! That is excellent practical advice esp. about the lemon juice, probably wouldn't have thought to do that.

Yesterday ended up making a huge meal so didn't have time to do the drying but this afternoon is a bit open so I will be cutting up a few racks of tomatoes and putting 'em in. Looking forward to some delicious pizzas and wraps. Dried tomatoes really are great and I rarely see them in the supermarkets.


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