New Dehydrator

FarmerJamie

Mr. Sensitive
Joined
Dec 22, 2010
Messages
7,353
Reaction score
6,955
Points
373
I just got a New dehydrator!🥳
Does anyone have any tips?
Where should I start?
What's the easiest thing to start with? 😁
Start with what you have available and what you like.
Dried fruits are easy, get some firm crunchy apples, kiwi, or strawberries are easy first attempts. And easy to taste test. 😀

Jerky is awesome, but can be intimidating to start with.

Stuff like onions, herbs, etc are easy too, just do them outside of the main living space, if possible. Lol.

Did your unit come with a recipe book? Sometimes I find something unique to attempt.
 

frustratedearthmother

Sustainability Master
Joined
Mar 10, 2012
Messages
18,386
Reaction score
15,100
Points
453
Location
USDA 9a
What's the easiest thing to start with? 😁
For me - the absolute easiest thing to start with is frozen veggies from the store. They don't have to be cut or blanched because it's already done. It saves me tons of time!

I recently bought 50# of onions and a lot of them were dehydrated.

I also do okra from the garden - it's delicious! Dehydrated corn is quite a tasty snack, lol.

Homemade jerky is delicious and rewarding, but like FJ said is a bit imtimidating the first time. Try it - if you don't like it the dog probably will, lol.
 

Manda_Rae

Power Conserver
Joined
Apr 13, 2022
Messages
33
Reaction score
90
Points
48
Location
North Eastern Pennsylvania Zone 5b
Start with what you have available and what you like.
Dried fruits are easy, get some firm crunchy apples, kiwi, or strawberries are easy first attempts. And easy to taste test. 😀

Jerky is awesome, but can be intimidating to start with.

Stuff like onions, herbs, etc are easy too, just do them outside of the main living space, if possible. Lol.

Did your unit come with a recipe book? Sometimes I find something unique to attempt.
It came with a small recipe book I also got a book. I also joined a few FB groups.

I am really excited about making my own onion & garlic powder.
 

Manda_Rae

Power Conserver
Joined
Apr 13, 2022
Messages
33
Reaction score
90
Points
48
Location
North Eastern Pennsylvania Zone 5b
For me - the absolute easiest thing to start with is frozen veggies from the store. They don't have to be cut or blanched because it's already done. It saves me tons of time!

I recently bought 50# of onions and a lot of them were dehydrated.

I also do okra from the garden - it's delicious! Dehydrated corn is quite a tasty snack, lol.

Homemade jerky is delicious and rewarding, but like FJ said is a bit imtimidating the first time. Try it - if you don't like it the dog probably will, lol.
I do want to work my way to jerky and fruit leather stripes.

I would also like to figure out eggs too.
 

tortoise

Wild Hare
Joined
Nov 8, 2009
Messages
6,902
Reaction score
9,568
Points
377
Location
USDA Zone 3b/4a
I don't recommend dehydrating vegetables because they don't rehydrate well and the flavor goes off, IMO. (even with blanching).

I like to dehydrate leafy greens and make them into a powder. It's space efficient and adds a kick of nutrition in almost anything - it's easy to hide! I minimize drying time and minimize heat by leaving the greens on dehydrator trays for a day before turning it on. Then they dry in a couple hours.

I like to keep dehydrated mushrooms on hand. Rehydrate in warm water, drain. Add to cream and cook over low-medium heat until reduced into sauce. Best cream of mushroom soup you'll ever taste!

Apple chips are a hit with my kids. I've tried treating them to reduce browning and even blanching them. Just plain untreated apple slices worked best. Use a mandolin for even drying.

My kids love fruit leather. I can applesauce in season and then later flavor it with berries, etc, and make fruit leather strips. Cutting them is annoying, but it saves so much money compared to the BEAR fruit rolls that DS7 loves.

I make jerky dog treats with thin sliced meat - whatever is left in the freezer before hunting/butchering season. I use a laser thermometer to check the temperature, my cheap NESCO dehydrator gets to 190 easily.
 

frustratedearthmother

Sustainability Master
Joined
Mar 10, 2012
Messages
18,386
Reaction score
15,100
Points
453
Location
USDA 9a
I don't recommend dehydrating vegetables because they don't rehydrate well and the flavor goes off, IMO. (even with blanching).
Hmmm.... I've been making soups and stews with dehydrated veggies for years! I generally rehydrate them before I add them to the pot and it works well for me. :idunno
 

Latest posts

Top