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Imageeweed
Feb 3, 2010 11:50 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
I love drying apples and eating them later. They make great gifts for friends everyone I have given them to like them as well. Other things I have dried with good success are Cherries,tomatoes,peppers,pineapple, and onions, The onions and peppers are great to throw in soups as there isn't any prep time attached to them. It is amazing how little storage space every thing dried takes up. A total flop was Basil I think I have it figured out now.

A friend did a lot of canoe travel in the back country he dried whole meals and vacuum packed them. Even the gravy. He also made some trail mix that I tasted and it was very good considering it had all sorts dried veggies.

This year I intend to do some carrots to go into the soup I know they dry well because you see them in lots of soup starter kits along with celery. I think the sky is the limit here lots of choices.

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susandonb
Feb 4, 2010 8:05 AM CST
Name: Susan
WOW! E! This is great! I have ALWAYS wnted to try this. Is that in an oven or a really high end drying machine? I can't tell. You did great with the thread, I just gave it a title, now others can come and post.

More info on this would be great, also can you share your real name and where you are from?

Susan
Imageeweed
Feb 4, 2010 1:03 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Susan that is a high end dryer but it will do two 25 pound boxes of apples at once. I first got the 9 tray Excaliber but was not satisfied with its caocity or its controls. Flintstone compared with this one from Cabelis[sp].

This was about 400 and for 300 they have one half as big.The Excaliber is 200 up depending where you look.My same friend who I refered to above fell in love with mine as soon as he saw it and he bought the smaller one because he was going to use it in his kitchen and it came with a cart.

His dries faster than mine but I have twice as much water to remove so not really.

The point is I own both and for several reasons don't recomend the Excaliber.

I named the picture no soup for you

Who treats their fruit with something to stop the discoloration of the dried fruit ?

I sometimes use a bit of lemon juice in water and give each bowl2 or 3 minutes soak time before putting on the racks.Sometimes I use salt or both.

What do you use?
ImageDorothy
Feb 5, 2010 7:54 PM CST
Name: Dorothy
ADK mountains
Lemon juice here.

The apple rings I got from you were great. I have an excalibur too. But it was cost and availability.

I think it would be great to dry some onion, garlic, carrot, and herbs and have a ready made soup mix.

Although my garlic stores well whole for a year. Onions, not so much. I start losing them in March.

How about drying sweet potatoes for snacks?
tuttimato
Feb 6, 2010 2:25 AM CST
Name: twiggy
Gulf Coast Z8b
I'm completely sold on the virtues of drying food. I just can't be without the convenience of dried onions and peppers. Last year I also dried some tomatoes, potatoes and carrots. This year I'm hopeful for a large crop of plums and figs to dry. I've got the 9 tray Excaliber and it will be running 24/7.

I'm really in need of some kind of device(s) to chop, dice and mince. Anyone have a good idea? Food processors just make a mess. I bought a mandoline on ebay and so far the only thing I've managed to cut well was my finger. Someone on another site recommended the meat slicer set to 1/2" for the big meaty tomatoes.

I love the idea of some dehydrated soup mixture. I used to buy the "Soup Starter" in a box.

I just cleaned my coffee grinder so I can have a go at my first batch of paprika.
Imageeweed
Feb 6, 2010 3:59 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Dorothy thanks on the apple rings and I did not mean that Excaliber was bad for everyone just me. I did a bunch of stufff in mine and it seemed it allways was to small.

Your right on the garlic storing a year but the beauty of it dried is it would be all peeled and ready to be thrown into the soup mix. How would you dry it by the whole clove or would you crush it to pieces?

Do you freeze your onions when they start to fail.They freeze well and are easy to use from the freezer. Thats why I don't even bother with growing storage onions any more. I love seeing those big sweet onions in the 2 to 4 pound class sitting on top of the ground.

Since I don't grow sweet potatoes would yams work they are way cheaper in the store here. My friend did pumpkin and green beans. Both were ok. I wonder about sugar snap peas.

One draw back to a lot of these fruits and vegs is they are really labor intensive.













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Imageeweed
Feb 6, 2010 4:38 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Twiggy we use a cuisnart food processor for our onions and peppers and it works well .The trick is the right blade and very short burst of chopping. Thats all we have tried.

There is an inexpensive chopper that works well dicing tomatoes for salsa.It's name is the Vidalia Chop Wizzard.Googling may get you there or try the site below and maybe you can get the name of a close dealer.Maybe Amazon good luck.

http://www.chopwizzard.com.

I just tried this link and the site is user friendly. If you poke around a bit they have one for 10 bucks more called the nicer slicer that has more blade selection.
Imagedefoecat
Feb 6, 2010 10:15 AM CST
Name: Bonnie Ethington
Pleasureville, Kentucky
Ernie, you won't find yams in the US much. Some stores label a variety of sweet potato as yams, but they really are'nt. Google yams, and you will be surprised by the information.
susandonb
Feb 6, 2010 3:27 PM CST
Name: Susan
Hi Friends! Just got back after no power for 27 hours! Glad to see you all keeping the threads going!
tuttimato
Feb 7, 2010 6:35 AM CST
Name: twiggy
Gulf Coast Z8b
Thanks for the link. Now I just have to figure out which is best all around.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 10, 2010 9:49 AM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Yahooo!!! I found a Forum on dehydrating food. Thank you, thank you, thank you. Did I tell you thank you for starting this forum?
I got a used dehydrator last summer and dried a bunch of tomatoes. Some plain and some with seasoning. They turned out really yummy. I now want to dry all kinds of fruits and veggies this year. I will be watching this Thread for ideas. Thank you so much.
Imageeweed
Feb 10, 2010 9:35 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Lynn you are suppose to put some input in to lol at the very least maybe a question someone will come along and answer.
Imagevalleylynn
Feb 10, 2010 11:34 PM CST
Name: Lynn
Dallas, OR zone 8
Have any of you dried bananas. I tried it last summer and had to through them away. Not good. : (
In the 60's I did them and they where wonderful. To long ago, I can't remember how I did it.
Imageeweed
Feb 12, 2010 5:33 AM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Yes I have dried Bananas. I did not dip them in anything so they turned browish and for me that was not a problem but if you want them white you need to treat them. I can't immagine why they were bad. By bad what do you mean. Ernie
Imageeweed
Feb 12, 2010 9:27 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
My friend told me to make smooshed banana instead of cutting the banana cross ways half inch thick cut it3 inches long and place betweentwo plastic saucers covered with waxed paper.Place the fruit in between the wax paper and mash it flat. Leave it about 3/8th of an inch thick. Treat and place in dryer set btemp to 150 degrees for four hours the reduce to 125 till done. This seems faster to me.
grmesue
Feb 13, 2010 6:11 AM CST
Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
Ernie, What do you treat them with?
Imageeweed
Feb 13, 2010 5:28 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
Grmesue I use lemon juice the concentrated stuff in the bottle and just pour whatever I think in. I would guess 3 quarts of water to 3 oz lemon juice.. It is not like it is an exact sicence. Some say salt in the water works to.If you want to you can use fruit fresh the stuff you treat fruit with to keep from turning brown when waiting to can it.The lemon juice works for me so why buy the fruit fresh its mor expensive than lemon juice.

Maybe there are some other recipes for the treatment but I don't know them.
grmesue
Feb 18, 2010 11:38 AM CST
Name: Sue
Southeast Arizona
I'll try some with lemon juice as I have boxes of lemons ;-) Wonder if other citrus would work and taste good?
Imageeweed
Feb 18, 2010 9:34 PM CST
Name: ernie weed
Everson Wa.
G Sue I'm sure any citrius will do as will fresh not canned pineapple.

No need to go past the lemon juice as the product is not in the treatment for long two to three minutes will do it. No citrius flavor is imparted to the product.All you are after is killing the enzyme action on the surface.

I start everything at 150 degrees for four hours then cut back to 125.warming the product up fast helps kill the enzyme action to.

If you have never dried sweet cherries treat yourself and do a few.Cherries are expensive and labor intensive so untill you have it the way you like it restrain yourself and start small.The books say pit and cut in half I just run them thru a cherry pitter and throw them on the screens. They are dark so you can skip the treatment if you choose.

Only get them about half dry and store in the freezer. They have such an intense flavor.Most foods are not very good if over done and cherry is not an exception.I am lucky in 1980 I planted a black and a pink and white sweet cherry today they are huge with huge crops yum.

I have an abudance of red raspberries so I think I will give them a try in a few months

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susandonb
Feb 19, 2010 7:37 AM CST
Name: Susan
WHERE DID YOU GET ALL THOSE RASPBERRIES and WHERE IS THE CHOCOLATE?!!!!!!!!!

WOW! What I would give to have those raspeberries.

Have fun,
Susan

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