What are you dehydrating?

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by jansman » Sun Dec 09, 2018 9:01 am

Three questions. Are there any special preparations for drying mushrooms? What temp. do you dry them at?
Regarding frozen veg,whats the best way of drying that,thaw first?
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Deeps » Sun Dec 09, 2018 10:53 am

For mushrooms I destalk them, blanch them in the microwave (put a load on a plate, pour a small amount of water over and cover with a bowl) for about 45 seconds. Then put them on the tray, I use baking parchment under a couple of the trays so they catch any wee bits falling through, 2 so I can swap them round periodically for a more even dry.

I slice the stalks and do the same but apparently they are more 'woody' so I keep them separate to grind for mushroom powder for soups etc.

For frozen veg, I just put it on the trays (baking parchment to stop the bits falling through), its already blanched. Not sure if its better to let it defrost, I'll be curious if anyone does it differently.

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by jansman » Sun Dec 09, 2018 11:35 am

Thanks Deeps. I like the blanching idea!
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Deeps » Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:30 am

Trying something different today, I'm making chicken stock so going to try and reduce it enough to go 'gloopy' and then try it on the dehydrator to see if I can get it to a 'leather' stage or even powdery. I suspect it will take a loooooong time to do and probably not cost effective but I'll let you know how I go. Anyone tried something similar, I'd appreciate any steerage if you have.

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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by ForgeCorvus » Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:16 pm

Deeps wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:30 am
Trying something different today, I'm making chicken stock so going to try and reduce it enough to go 'gloopy' and then try it on the dehydrator to see if I can get it to a 'leather' stage or even powdery. I suspect it will take a loooooong time to do and probably not cost effective but I'll let you know how I go. Anyone tried something similar, I'd appreciate any steerage if you have.
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Re: What are you dehydrating?

Post by Deeps » Mon Dec 10, 2018 9:06 pm

ForgeCorvus wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 7:16 pm
Deeps wrote:
Mon Dec 10, 2018 10:30 am
Trying something different today, I'm making chicken stock so going to try and reduce it enough to go 'gloopy' and then try it on the dehydrator to see if I can get it to a 'leather' stage or even powdery. I suspect it will take a loooooong time to do and probably not cost effective but I'll let you know how I go. Anyone tried something similar, I'd appreciate any steerage if you have.
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"Skim the fat " is the main instruction I've managed to pick out of the different methods I've read.

Let us know how it goes
Thanks for getting back to me mate, Fat is the enemy when dehydrating and I forgot that. I thought about that AFTER I put it on the dehydrator. :lol: This is batch one so still at the experimental stage, I'll see how it goes, if its even moderately successful I'll use it sooner rather than later and have another go, its not an expensive process. I cut down some takeaway cartons to fit in the dehydrator and poured it in, findings to follow.....

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