What are you dehydrating?

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by preppingsu » Sat Dec 28, 2013 9:04 am

Steveo82 wrote:How do you use the dehydrated fruit :?:
I have dehydrated banana and apple on my cereal sometimes but can't think of other day to day uses.
I use it as a snack at work and especially when I need something sweet instead of refined sugar.

By dehydrating fruit when it's in season and therefore cheaper you can have nice fruit all year round eg we are eating dehydrated strawberries from the summer and very nice they are too!

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Steveo82 » Sat Dec 28, 2013 6:56 pm

Thanks Su, I suspect you have just upset some of my family as i will have no spare strawberries this year :D

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Ranthael » Fri Jan 10, 2014 8:50 pm

Wow!

I had some sort of "chip-making" device a while back and you had to turn it on for 12 hours, used some sort of air suction, and in the end the "chips" were like dryed fruit, but not dryed enough.

I'll definitely try this, forgot I had a nack for apple chips.
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by triffid » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:33 am

I'm thinking about dehydrating excess garden produce this coming summer....... we usually get a bumper crop of broad beans & courgettes. Now I like broad beans and courgettes but not morning, noon & night for weeks on end!
OK we freeze the excess, for use over winter, but this is somewhat wasteful (freezer space). Do food dehydrators work on broad beans??? I'm sure they must do for courgettes but beans (broad plus french etc)? Obviously you can buy commercially dried beans but does dehydration work at home?
Has anyone any experience/tips?


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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by mallie99 » Thu Jan 23, 2014 8:54 am

I'm looking into getting a vacuum sealer, a dehydrator would work with that. Not sure if the SOH would let me continue breathing, however. :D
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Selfsufficient Chick » Fri Jan 31, 2014 2:56 am

brilliant step by step guide on dehydrating a variety of foods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxVpIHre2ao

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by triffid » Mon Feb 03, 2014 4:47 pm

Selfsufficient Chick wrote:brilliant step by step guide on dehydrating a variety of foods:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxVpIHre2ao

Thanks for that, Selfsufficient Chick, I have just ordered one from Flea-Bay. Hope to have a go dehydrating this weekend.

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Selfsufficient Chick » Tue Feb 04, 2014 8:17 pm

[quote="triffid"Thanks for that, Selfsufficient Chick, I have just ordered one from Flea-Bay. Hope to have a go dehydrating this weekend.[/quote]

No problem :) - I to get on with dehydrating some stuff again in the next couple of weeks

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Djorn » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:14 pm

Well....been a while since my last post, been busy with life.

My wife bought me a Dehydrator and Vacuum Foodsaver for Xmas.....I was such a happy chap. Boxing Day nipped out and got some cheap beef, trimmed it (happy dogs) and dehydrated it into jerky. In a food bag added the cooled jerky, some herbs, dehydrated onions, peppers and a packet of cup-a-soup.....Sealed the now "Dried Beef Chilli"

Last weekend we had a Bug-In weekend living on our prepper supplies...this included a BBQ slow cooked Beef Chilli rehydrated with a good glug of homemade scrumpy....

Very nice !!
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by mushroom » Thu Feb 06, 2014 1:26 pm

Does dehydrating remove enough moisture to be able to store in Mylar bags? Or is there still too much and it would have to be freeze-dried to work for long term storage??

There are lots of things I'd like to put into long term storage - fruits, nuts etc but I don't think they would keep. Anyone with any experiences to share??

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