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Old 04-17-2008, 08:50 PM   #31
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Salami

I'm going to load up tomorrow and see what happens. I will marinate
the deer meat tonight and we will put some of that in as well.

Thanks Char for your time and recipes. I hope we can keep this
thread going. Our peaches are just setting up on the tree. Think
of dried peaches. YUM>
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Old 07-30-2008, 01:10 PM   #32
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I am trying the kale "chips" someone suggested on an older thread in the Main Lobby.

Bought a bunch of kale, washed and dried it, cut into manageable pieces, took the tough center strip out of the larger pieces; tossed in a bowl with TJ's kalamata olive oil and some applewood smoked salt til all pieces were well-coated. It's in the dehydrator now and the OP said about 6 hours. I shall check it after 4 just to see how it's doing. Will report back later!

Barbo, did you dry any of your peaches yet?
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Old 07-30-2008, 07:03 PM   #33
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Well, interesting stuff! I LIKE it! I oversalted it though so will have to cut back next time. It took 4 hours in my dehydrator to get "crispy" - now, this is NOT sturdy enough for dipping, but it's a great crunchy good-for-you accompaniment to a sandwich or something.

I told DH I didn't think he'd like it because he isn't into "bitter" things (kale can be a bit on the bitter side) and I figured if I told him up front he wouldn't like it, he might try it. (Reverse psych and all!) He tried one and before he even had it in his mouth he says, "Nope, too bitter!" so I said, "OK, no problem, I'll eat them; I'll get you some sweet potato chips" and headed off to the storage closet - about halfway there I hear, "Uh, never mind, I can eat these!" LOL! And he did, too.

They're supposed to be super good for you and full of antioxidants. Not a bad snack or side!
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Old 08-06-2008, 07:47 AM   #34
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Me again!

Yesterday I took 2 crooknecks and 1 medium zucchini and ran them through my mandoline slicer so that they were uniformly thin.

Tossed with a bit of olive oil (not too much, you just want a light coating) and sprinkled very lightly with sea salt, then into the dehydrator for about 6 hours. Boy they were good - DH and I ate every one of them! LOL!

Now I gotta make ANOTHER batch.
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Char,

Too clever are you! I shall try the squash. I just pulled mine out
as they had been delivering snce May...they were kapoot. However,
we have a farm market next door so I'll get some and try them.

How long did they take to dry. If I make a full load in the machine,
do you think we can store them? If so, how?
Remember, I'm brand new to the dehyrating business. We just finished our
beef and now we are working on the salami, but I'm ready to try new
things now.
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Old 08-06-2008, 03:14 PM   #36
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Barbo - 6 hours to dry.

To store, I'd put into a ziploc and refrigerate or freeze, or vacuum-seal in those plastic storage thingies you can get for the FoodSaver.

I don't have any left to try!
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Tanks a million

Tomorrow the Farm to Market store and some wonderful yellow long
squash.

Today I went to the nursery and got myself more Kentucky Wonders,
and Jay put up the new bean pole, also got some more Bell peppers.
The one's we planted are turning a gorgeous red. I'm thinking of stuffing
them with some kind of ground meat curry. Yummmmmmmm
Also got some burpless cukes for the other pole. So much work for Jay

Talk to ya later,
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I have a Excalibur and love it....however, my advice would depend on what you are going to use it for.

I also have a NUWAVE oven and it makes better jerky (in quicker time) than the dehydrator does. So when I'm making jerky...its the NUWAVE and if I am drying fruits or veggies, it is the food dehydrator.
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Char, those zucchini chips sound wonderful! You are too clever. I tried making root veg chips (to replace my mother's Terra Chips) in the oven at a very low temp--they always ended up burning. The dehydrator sounds like it would be perfect for all kinds of chip making!
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Old 08-07-2008, 07:55 AM   #40
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Oh Lauren, you better RUN right out and buy a dehydrator cuz I can't WAIT to see what experiments you come up with! LOL!!

I've gotta go put my beef in there pretty quick for my jerky-loving hubby - it's very yummy stuff!
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I bought a dehydrater years ago when the ronco dehydrater was on tv ALL the time. I still have it but rarely use it. About once a year or so I drag it out to make beef jerky. It's good beef jerky though, I know exactly what is in it and I don't have to worry about added sugar.
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I just bought a NESCO one at Wallie..Yesterday I made Cleo's delicious doritos and ate almost all of them up..However, I saved a a few to "dry". I am also drying triangles of LC tortillas to see how it works..
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Carolyn, how did your chips turn out?
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I just ordered a dehydrator from amazon today! I'm excited!

Thanks to everyone for the great ideas!

I found several interesting looking dehydrator recipes online that I'm interested in trying. One is making "chips" out of cottage cheese! Has anyone made cottage cheese chips? If interested I can post the recipe.
I also didn't realize that you can make jerky out of ground meats by rolling them into little cigar shapes. Lots of interesting possibilities!

I'm definitely looking forward to trying the kale....so healthy, lower carb and calorie
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Oh, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I've enjoyed MINE!

Cottage cheese huh? Yeah, I'd be interested in looking at that recipe - please post when you have time.

My Nesco came with a "jerky shooter" and you can put the "stick" fitting on it, which is what I used when I tried to make buffalo jerky sticks out of ground buffalo. Actually I wanted to make flat strips (there is a fitting for that too) but it would not come out except in fits and starts - and even the tube fitting was difficult to work with - so much so, in fact, that I threw the whole dang contraption OUT after that batch was finally on the drying trays! LOL!

It was OK in the little "fingers" but I like regular old jerky better. JMHO of course!
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I saw that hsn has the Nesco JerkyExpress on sale for $19.95 and 6.20 s&h. It comes with a thingy that you can use to make jerky out of ground beef. I'm thinking of getting it.
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One of the best you can buy is Excalibur, but they are expensive so I wouldn't start there unless you were sure you were going to use it a lot...
[COLOR="DarkSlateGray"]Hi alvienaz...
After this thread started, our brains were jogged, and we pulled our Excalibur out of the downstairs storage unit and cleaned it up. They are the best dehydrators we've ever had, and easy to clean as well.

I just put in some thick sliced large slice pepperoni (4'' diameter) in it to see if it can do pepperoni jerky...let you know in 4-6 hours!

I actually bought a 12 pound top sirloin butt roast to use for jerky at Sam's Club the other day. I'll get it into the marinade stage tonight and into the dehydrator tomorrow.
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Oh, I hope you enjoy yours as much as I've enjoyed MINE!

Cottage cheese huh? Yeah, I'd be interested in looking at that recipe - please post when you have time.

My Nesco came with a "jerky shooter" and you can put the "stick" fitting on it, which is what I used when I tried to make buffalo jerky sticks out of ground buffalo. Actually I wanted to make flat strips (there is a fitting for that too) but it would not come out except in fits and starts - and even the tube fitting was difficult to work with - so much so, in fact, that I threw the whole dang contraption OUT after that batch was finally on the drying trays! LOL!

It was OK in the little "fingers" but I like regular old jerky better. JMHO of course!
Thanks Charski! Your informative posts helped me decide to go ahead and buy a dehydrator!

I found the recipe for the cottage cheese chips at recipezaar website.
I think it looks interesting and could definitely be tweaked to taste (I'm already thinking about adding curry to mine)


recipe for cottage cheese "chips"

SERVES 6

IngredientsDirections
  1. 1

    In a blender or food processor, blend cottage cheese, tomato, onion and spices into a smooth liquid.
  2. 2

    Pour spoonfuls of mixture (1 1/2 to 2" diameter) onto fruit roll sheets.
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    Dry at 145º for 4 to 6 hours, or until rounds curl up on the sides like potato chips.

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I've also read that you can make yogurt chips with a dehydrator. Has anyone tried that?
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bump........ is anyone still using their dehydrator?
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Does anyone know where to buy the fruit roll sheets? Do they need to be ordered on line or do stores have them?
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SKG, I think you need to order them online - at least *I* have never found them anyplace locally. Try Amazon.

Telemetrynurse, I certainly have been using mine all summer - just took salmon jerky out of it yesterday - DH's fave!

And I need to start a batch of beef jerky too.
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I went to Bed Bath and Beyond this morning and got a Nesco dehydrator--had a 20% off coupon and didn't want to wait for one to ship from Amazon.

I have zucchini and yellow squash dehydrating now and some beef strips marinating to make jerky tomorrow.

How thick should the squash slices be?? I think I sliced mine too thin. I just re-arranged the trays and it looks like they are shrinking to nothing. I used my Quisinart to slice them.
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I slice them quite thinly and they DO shrink up a fair amount! I use the biggest squashes that will fit in my Mandoline slicer. Hope they turn out delicious!
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can someone try dehydrating spinach leaves please? LOL I want to know if they become "chips".... And I don't have a dehydrator yet. I would love you forever and ever....
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Mmm I forgot that I have mine sitting in my cabnet.. I got it for xmas and have used it quite a few times.. keep the recepies comming!
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can someone try dehydrating spinach leaves please? LOL I want to know if they become "chips".... And I don't have a dehydrator yet. I would love you forever and ever....
I dont think they would become chips, I think they would end up like dried herbs..

I dried bell peppers in my dehydrator and they were like green yarn strings when fully dry.. but they added TONS of flavor to my sauce!


I love to buy fruits and veggies from the supermarket that are on their last few days that have been reduced.. chopping them up and drying them.. deff gets your moneys worth with that!
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Charski ~ You win the "Most Attentive Wife" award!!! Your hubby is a very lucky man!!!!!
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