About The Author: Debra Frick is a mother of 5 and a grandmother to 8 grandsons and one granddaughter. She is a published author and poetress. Recycling and saving money are her passions. She also loves crocheting and cooking. She is also a pet rescue volunteer and has many pets of her own.
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Hope this works just copy and past it to your address page and it has sunbeam there.
What is the drying time for plums ? Have old Sunbeam dryer, second hand no book and it seems no thermostat - or is there a bit missing? Any advice welcome mature male here just learning.
I am doing a science fair project and the topic is, "Which Fruit Has a Greater Rate of Dehydration?" However, I am not using a dehydrator ... I am letting the fruit dehydrate on its own. Well, thats because it has to be a natural thing anyway. Still, I do not plan on eating these fruits. Haha. They are incredibally gross looking - ecpessially the banana. Volgur looking. Ugh.
Well anyway, I just wanted to throw it out there.
And remember - an apple a day keeps the doctor away! (as long as the apple isn't old and brown. Then you'll need the doctor) [:
I have the 9 tray excalibur I figured that would handle just about anything I wanted to dry. Make sure you get the teflex sheets for making leathers, check on ebay for them they are cheaper and same quality. As for getting one with a timer great idea, mine doesn't have one but when the food is dry you really don't need to let is sit to long or it will start to draw in the moister from the air and that is not good. I like to get the food out of the dryer and into jars which I vacuum seal.
Deidre- I have the Excalibur 3000 Series with nine trays and love it. If you get one, get it with the timer. It will cost a little more but you won't need to babysit it. Also may want to get extra sheets for leathers, mine only came with one.
piki viki-Which size excalibur did you buy? That has been on my wish list for years and I'm not sure which size I need to get. I plan on getting it before next growing season.
I am living in Mexico for the time being, I will be returning to the states next month and want to get dehydrator, this would be wonderful here. Can anyone help me with what type to get, low income here, but want to get a good one. Thanks Sherry mrsgroom AT aol.com
For free information on Dehydrating please Google Dehydrating and it will take you to lots of county extentsion offices that have PDF's that you can download for free with charts on drying times. On these sites you will also find information on freezing vegetables and fruits if like me you have no desire to can things.
When I dehydrated mushrooms, I found they did not reconstitute well. We put them in spaghetti sauce that cooked for three days and they were still really tough. I canned them the last time they were on sale.
A quick warning: just in case there is anyone out there with freaky food allergies like me, the dehydrator does not cook food long enough to kill anaphalxis(sp?)
I am allergic to most fresh fruits and a few veggies and nuts. After they have been cooked, no problem. I assumed the dehydrator cooked the fruit long enough. I found out the hard way that it does not. :(
I bought an Excalibur dehydrator several years ago and love it. I too dry fruit, fruit leathers and veggies. It is so nice to have my own garden veggies dried and ready for the soup or stew pot. If anyone wants a reference book I recommend "Preserve It Naturally! The complete guide to food dehydration" It is full of great info and recipes.
What about dehydrating fruits, veggies, and herbs? Anyone have any tips? I have just finished doing mushrooms and zucchini. I must say that I am very impressed with the results and it takes up so much less space, too. These mushrooms were about 2 lbs originally.
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