The next time you go to the grocery store and they are having a great sale or your garden is overproducing, try my friend Amy's trick for easy winter soups. It seems like every time lately that I wanted to make a soup or stew, I was out of two very important soup ingredients, carrots and celery. Either they had gone bad or the grandsons had eaten them or I just plain forgot to buy them. My friend Amy told me that I should try her trick of dehydrating my vegetables. Amy loves the farmers market and when she finds fruits or vegetables on sale, she always buys more than her family needs so that she can dry some to fill the canisters on her kitchen counter and also she makes fruit roll ups for her two vegetarian teenagers.
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.
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.
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. :(
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.
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
I bought mine at Goodwill for $5.oo
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.
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.
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.
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) [:
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.
Hope this works just copy and past it to your address page and it has sunbeam there.
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