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Food Dehydrators

Id been saying I wanted a food dehydrator for a while now and my mom picked one up for me at the salvation army! :D was very glad she bought it used, but cant seem to find and directions on how to use it. I cant find one that looks similar to mine on-line. Mine is a large cylinder shaped thing with about 6 round layers. Sound familiar?

Also, I really like to eat dried fruits, but I wish that companies didn't put so much sugar on them. Can I leave mine without sugar, or will they not be normal if I don't?

Do any of you use a dehydrator?Have soem fun ideas?

mine looks like that, but I think most of them do..so any manual would probably work for you...you just really need the "drying" times.

I've dehydrated all sorts of fruit and I don't use any sugar and it comes out tasting perfectly.

I mostly use mine to make "jerky" for the dogs.

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Not all packages dried fruits have sugar on them (dried apples are what come to mind for me...). Actually, I can find the majority of dried fruits unsweetened here, so they must be edible w/o sugar. The exception to this is dried cranberries--I can NEVER find these without sweetener! Found them "fruit juice sweetened" once, but they were still incredibly sweet. I think they would be nice and tart and yummy w/o sugar, but you might have to experiment with them.

Don't have any info on your dehydrator, though...I don't have one, so let me say I'm jealous ;) Have fun making "stupid small fruit" (ever see that Friends? Haha...).

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That sounds like my dehydrator.  I also do fruit without sugar...works just fine!  I also do roma tomatoes with basil.  Lately, I've been experimenting with drying beans and rice to take on extended backpacking trips.  I can't think of the word to explain what my trays look like...kind of like a round grill, so when I dry beans and rice, I line the trays with wax paper.  

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http://www.amazon.com/Ronco-Dehydrator-Yogurt-Maker-Machine/dp/B000059L4A

is it like this one? my mom has one like this. if you can figure out the company, a lot carry their manuals online anymore.

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yes, its just liek that...tahnk you!

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has anyone ever built a dehydrator? i found instructions in a book about food for camping, backpacking, etc.  the materials cost around $30.

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So, the raw food thread is my kick in the butt to get a food dehydrator (I've been planning on getting one and need one anyway for some other stuff)...
So I'm getting one... the pain is I have to get a 220v one but hopefully buy it from a US company (dollars are cheaper than euros :))

Do I want to look for any particular features?
Or are they all the same? Is size a big factor? I suppose I want lots of room... right? I don't even know what to look for... help!

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You want the fan to be on top, rather than on the bottom. That way you don't have to rotate the trays. I cannot stress that enough.

I own a Nesco/American Harvest Snackmaster Express. It comes with 4 trays (Though you can have up to 12 going at once), 1 fruit leather sheet, and some jerky seasoning packets (Which are collecting dust in my cupboard - I didn't even check to see if they're veg*n friendly or not). They're around $60-ish USD. There's a 95 degree F setting for "Herbs," which you could use for raw foods. The model is more for the casual dehydrator, but works extremely well.

You can purchase it here:

http://www.nesco.com/products/?category=300&subcat=100&id=40

The Nesco/American Harvest dehydrators are good quality, across the board. If you find that you are doing a lot of dehydrating, you may want to get a more powerful model than the one I mentioned above.

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I don't have one now but I think the one above is the one we had when I was a kid and it worked great.

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You want the fan to be on top, rather than on the bottom. That way you don't have to rotate the trays. I cannot stress that enough.

I found one that has the fan on the bottom but it says I won't have to rotate, what do you think Issaspiders?
http://www.harvestessentials.com/nesnprodefd.html

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:o scuse my ignorance, I've seen these mentioned by others here but I have no idea what it's about.  OK, I'm guessing from the title that it does exactly what it says it does and dehydrates food but what benefit is there in using one of these contraptions? Just curious

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my mom found a food dehydrator at a garage sale for $5. I've never used it though... any thoughts about what would be a neat project?

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:o scuse my ignorance, I've seen these mentioned by other here but I have no idea what it's about.  OK, I'm guessing from the title that it does exactly what it says it does and dehydrates food but what benefit is there in using one of these contraptions? Just curious

for:
raw food diets (since you can't heat things over a certain temp)
making fruit leather without sugar or preservatives
other healthy snacks
preserving food with more of the nutrients than canning
i'm going to try to dehydrate whole meals to help my husband stay vegan and healthy while he's away

I don't see that anyone would need one... but if you're going to be running your oven a lot to dry things out, you are saving energy and $ if you use a machine instead.

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but if you're going to be running your oven a lot to dry things out, you are saving energy and $ if you use a machine instead.

a side note.. if people have a gas oven (with a pilot light) the "off" temp is around 100 because of the pilot. i use my oven this way to dehydrate (only do flax crackers so far...) with good results.

this is compared to the "electric" oven (that is cold when off) method that some books suggest. you turn it on, let it get warm, turn it off and keep repeating that every couple hours while you dehydrate. not only a pain in the butt BUT wastes a lot of power.

this looks like a good starter dehydrator. my mom has one that doesn't have a fan that she said i could steal. those ones you have to rotate the shelves every so often and i think they are a little slower (less air moving?).

i have a question.... do fruit flies "buzz off" when you use one? do they not like the heat so they stay out of it? i have a fly problem at times and worry about drying fruit in my oven because i fear they will come back!

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:o scuse my ignorance, I've seen these mentioned by others here but I have no idea what it's about.  OK, I'm guessing from the title that it does exactly what it says it does and dehydrates food but what benefit is there in using one of these contraptions? Just curious

I love dehydrating food to take on backpacking trips...beans, brown rice, fruit, anything really.

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Lotus do you have any fully dehyrdated recipes for anything that you can share with me?
Something that can be totally dry and then rehydrated with only hot water.
So far I think I can do a bean burrito and tabouli... other than that i'm stuck.

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JH i bet you could make like instant hot cereals with berries and nuts and oats. maybe you don't have to dehydrate the oats but you can do fruit to go into it.

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my mom found a food dehydrator at a garage sale for $5. I've never used it though... any thoughts about what would be a neat project?

Fruit leathers. I think that is what I would make first. I wish I had a dehydrator to make some w/ all the fresh peaches that I have now.

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