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Old 03-20-2009, 09:26 AM   #61
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OurLuvs....thank you! If Kale isn't strong enough to dip, then you're probably right about spinach....Does the zuchini get crunchy?
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Old 03-20-2009, 11:20 AM   #62
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Charski ~ You win the "Most Attentive Wife" award!!! Your hubby is a very lucky man!!!!!
LOL! That's funny.

And you know what, he'll be the FIRST one to tell you that he is very lucky, too!

Hey, I love him, he's my best friend, and I want him around for decades so I try to take good care of him (and me, and my 22 year old cat, and my 78 year old mother....)
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MMM, zucchini chips! I have a batch in the dehydrator now. I'm also trying some salami too. Thanks for the recipes and ideas, great thread!
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Old 05-01-2009, 03:43 PM   #64
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I found this interesting site

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I just bought a couple of London broils today to make jerky. Like Charski, I've found that I prefer the slices to be a bit thicker. I just have the butcher slice the meat for me. Works perfectly!
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Old 05-01-2009, 07:39 PM   #66
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Kisal

a bit of thread jacking here but congrats on the smoking bit.

Hubby has passed the 4 week test of time with his smoking.

Hope you can use the dehydrator resources that I posted.

Have fun!
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Old 05-01-2009, 09:40 PM   #67
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Thanks, Barbo! It's wonderful not to be chained to cigs anymore!

Congrats to your DH! Tell him to KTQ ... Keep The Quit!
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MMM, the zucchini chips were yummy! Crunchy and delicate! Great snack. I also made the texas chili peanuts (in the link Barbo posted), those were great too (I had just dry roasted peanuts and added salt to the recipe).

Since dusting off the dehydrator, I decided to make some lower carb granola (DH has been asking for granola for a while now). Here's what I did, I plan on adding a bit to yogurt. I just tossed everything together, no real measurements.

3 handfuls raw almonds
1 handful raw pecans
1 handful raw pepitas
1 large hand full of finely shredded coconut
1 small handful rolled spelt flakes
1/2 handful rolled oats (not instant)
1/2 handful sesame seeds
1/2 handful dried blueberries

Pulse all in food processor until desired size.

1/2 cup water
3 TBS butter
scant 1/2 cup xylitol (could use any sweetener here)
1 tsp blackstrap molasses
1/2 tsp true cinnamon
1/2 tsp or so of freshly grated nutmeg
splash of vanilla

Add ingredients to pan, cook until everything is melted. Add nut mixture to the pan and mix well. Spread on fruit roll up sheets and dehydrate until desired texture (I dehydrated it on 125 for about 10 hours).

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My first batch of Beef Jerky is almost done!
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My kale came out terrific! It only needed less than an hour to dry! I coudn't believe it. I just put more in.

I have blueberries, zucchini, sugar snap peas and some cauliflower in there now.

I love this thing!'

Jenna, are you still using yours? I plan to attempt some jerky in the next couple of days.
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Sharis - I use it at least twice a week. The hamburger jerky never tasted right to me but the jerky out of round roast was terrific!
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For those considering making their own jerky, be sure to do the math. The local Wal-Mart currently sells a one-pound bag of World Kitchens brand beef jerky for around $12 . . actual strips, not the chopped & formed variety. The local Kroger affiliate often sells the same thing for around $10 (managers special requires store discount card). It takes around 3 pounds of beef to make 1 pound of jerky.
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Old 07-02-2009, 06:51 AM   #74
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For those considering making their own jerky, be sure to do the math. The local Wal-Mart currently sells a one-pound bag of World Kitchens brand beef jerky for around $12 . . actual strips, not the chopped & formed variety. The local Kroger affiliate often sells the same thing for around $10 (managers special requires store discount card). It takes around 3 pounds of beef to make 1 pound of jerky.
The best thing about making your own jerky is you can control what goes into it. It's nice not having chemicals and sugar in your lowcarb snack.
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OK.....I was reading through this thread this morning...(again) and I'm glad I did. I had 2 zucchini dying on my counter and even though each evening, I promised them that I would put them to good use this next day....days were passing.

I came home for lunch and they are sliced and salted and drying as we speak. We I come back home tonight, I suspect, I will have some good zucchini chips to enjoy this evening.

I needed this little **spark** today, not because of being off plan....I'm onplan, but I've been doing a bunch of beating myself up here lately and wasted food wouldn't have helped my guilt mentality any.....

Can't wait to try the chips.
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OK.....I was reading through this thread this morning...(again) and I'm glad I did. I had 2 zucchini dying on my counter and even though each evening, I promised them that I would put them to good use this next day....days were passing.

I came home for lunch and they are sliced and salted and drying as we speak. We I come back home tonight, I suspect, I will have some good zucchini chips to enjoy this evening.

I needed this little **spark** today, not because of being off plan....I'm onplan, but I've been doing a bunch of beating myself up here lately and wasted food wouldn't have helped my guilt mentality any.....

Can't wait to try the chips.

I am loving the chips! I hope you do too. (and hang in there!)
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The best thing about making your own jerky is you can control what goes into it. It's nice not having chemicals and sugar in your lowcarb snack.
Yep. I can't find any that does not have sugar so I'm making my own.

I'm bummed to hear the ground meat didn't work very well. The thought of slicing up a big hunt of meat is a bit overwhelming to me. (Yeah, that's sad I know.)

Right now I am drying yogurt blobs, strawberries and blueberries, tomatoes, kale and zucchini.

I am loving all of it !
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Sharis.....thank you....the hug made me smile & helped.

I did come home and those chips are WONDERFUL. I had to bag them up and put them away or I would have eaten them all. LOL.
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Sharis.....thank you....the hug made me smile & helped.

I did come home and those chips are WONDERFUL. I had to bag them up and put them away or I would have eaten them all. LOL.
Oh heck I say eat them all and then make some more!

Try the kale chips (if you have not already.) Wow. I like Kale now! How'd that happen??
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Yep. I can't find any that does not have sugar so I'm making my own.

I'm bummed to hear the ground meat didn't work very well. The thought of slicing up a big hunt of meat is a bit overwhelming to me. (Yeah, that's sad I know.)

Right now I am drying yogurt blobs, strawberries and blueberries, tomatoes, kale and zucchini.

I am loving all of it !
Cleo swears by her ground beef jerky. My taster just didn't like it. Look at cooks com and you can find recipes for GB jerky there or just salt and pepper as cleo does.
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I might go ahead and try it just to see what happens. I don't have an extruder (I buy a $200 dehydrator but for some reason can't be convinced to pay $20 for an extruder) so I thought I would just roll them into cigar shapes like someone recommended.

I want to try some fish this weekend I think. I'll probably end up dead from food poisoning with that one but hey, at least I'll go out trying to be healthy!
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I might go ahead and try it just to see what happens. I don't have an extruder (I buy a $200 dehydrator but for some reason can't be convinced to pay $20 for an extruder) so I thought I would just roll them into cigar shapes like someone recommended.

I want to try some fish this weekend I think. I'll probably end up dead from food poisoning with that one but hey, at least I'll go out trying to be healthy!
ummmm.... dried sardines..... with mustard.
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Just found this thread son just bought me a machine for my birthday..

i am leaving on holidays tomorrow and looking forward to reading all about your suggestions
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I might go ahead and try it just to see what happens. I don't have an extruder (I buy a $200 dehydrator but for some reason can't be convinced to pay $20 for an extruder) so I thought I would just roll them into cigar shapes like someone recommended.

I want to try some fish this weekend I think. I'll probably end up dead from food poisoning with that one but hey, at least I'll go out trying to be healthy!
I did get the extruder and .....get one. LOL. For me, (I've only made the ground beef jerky a couple times) I think it expressed the extra air out of it. When I made it without the extruder, it crumbled pretty easily.....with the extruder, it came out in good compact strips that held up.

Just my 2 cents. LOL.
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I did get the extruder and .....get one. LOL. For me, (I've only made the ground beef jerky a couple times) I think it expressed the extra air out of it. When I made it without the extruder, it crumbled pretty easily.....with the extruder, it came out in good compact strips that held up.

Just my 2 cents. LOL.
Ah, I see. Dang it!

I did buy one of those spirilizer things and have gone NUTS with that baby. Everything that wasn't nailed down has been spiral cut and dried out in the Excalibur! My friends told my cats they better go hide under the bed!

The yogurt blobs are interesting. Kind of like rubbery little discs. I'm not sure if they are done though. I'm going to keep them in a while longer.

I had prepared some curried cauliflower salad yesterday and ate some but had a ton left over so I drained it a bit and made some patties and dried those. pretty good! Sort of chewy curried....things. I am not sure how to describe them really. They were very good though. I will try more cauliflower soon.

I will never do blueberries or sugar snap peas again. Those things have been in there for....more than 24 hours and they are still not dry. Uh, no.

Oh and fennel frawns....no. Inedible. Way too much fibrous material. Yuck!. Fennel bulb wasn't so hot either but I cut it very, very thin so that may have been the issue. I will try again with a thicker cut.

I can tell strawberries will be a problem for me. I seriously cannot believe how delicious those little babies were.
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For those considering making their own jerky, be sure to do the math. The local Wal-Mart currently sells a one-pound bag of World Kitchens brand beef jerky for around $12 . . actual strips, not the chopped & formed variety. The local Kroger affiliate often sells the same thing for around $10 (managers special requires store discount card). It takes around 3 pounds of beef to make 1 pound of jerky.
World Kitchens beef jerky
Serving size: 1 oz
Amount Per Serving
Calories 100
Calories from Fat 10
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Total Fat 1g (2%)
Saturated Fat 0.5g (3%)
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 20mg (7%)
Sodium 650mg (27%)
Total Carbohydrate 6g (2%)
Dietary Fiber 0g (0%)
Sugars 6g
Protein 12g
Amount Per Serving and/or % Daily Value*
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 6%

This is why I just bought my dehydrator. 96 grams of carbs vs 0 grams using recipes found on this board.
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Sun Dried Tomatoes

This summer when tomatoes are plentiful I'm going to make these! Sun dried tomatoes are so expensive.

Step 1: select tomatoes at their peak, fully ripe but not past their prime
Step 2: If you're using Italian plum-style (Roma) or cherry tomatoes, slice them in half. Cut larger tomatoes into quarters
Step 3: Arrange sliced tomatoes on dehydrator sheet (or on parchment lined baking sheets in the oven). Dehydrate at 150* for 15-20 hours (or in oven if you have one that will run that low).
Step 4: Tomatoes are done when they are pliable but leathery to the touch.
Step 5: Store tomatoes in jars with secure lids or in ziploc bags. Store in a cool dark place. They should keep 6 months. Freeze for longer storage.

You can reconstitute them by placing as many tomatoes in a bowl as required. Cover with boiling water for 3-4 minutes or until desired softness is attained. Remove from water and let drain on paper towel.

I love oil packed sun dried tomatoes in garlic & herbs. I'll probably try to make some like this this summer.
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