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Wednesday, August 09, 2006

More on the food dehydrator

My food dehydrator died last night. I was in the middle of drying spinach so that I could make fettuccini Florentine. Now I must attempt something I have yet to do, oven drying. I fear I will burn something. But as they say "nothing ventured nothing gained."

As for various recipes for the food dehydrator, I am the type of person that doesn't like to give out recipes unless I have tried them, fixed them, and repeated the end result with success twice. {I have been told I get that from my father} All the recipes that I have, do need to be tweaked in some manner, to reach my ideal of perfection. {Did I mention I am a perfectionist?} If you ask me for a recipe and I don't get back to you immediately, that means that I have yet to make something, and I am busy fixing it.

Various things to put in your dehydrator.

Tomatoes, sliced thinly and very dry, crush and add into your favorite noodle recipe.

Garlic, diced and very dried, crushed can be added with sage and rosemary to your favorite noodle recipe. Place into a container and keep as garlic powder and add to any of your favorite meals.

Onions, very dry and crushed can be added to anything that you like the hint of onion with. Uncrushed you can add the slices to any of your soups. Simmering them will re-hydrate.

Pok Choi, sliced and dried can be used as a replacement for celery in any soup, crushed into a powder it can be used to season your favorite chinese recipes. {Spring Roll recipe}

Just about any veggie and fruit can be dehydrated. The only fruit I have done so far is apricots, with those I made a Three-fruits Compote {If I give you a link to a recipe, it is a recipe written by me, off site yes, but by me all the same} Once I have a new dehydrator I will be trying some watermelon leather. I will post the results on that later.

Please feel free to ask any questions, I can make things seem harder or more dramatic than they truly are.


Andrew said...

They all sound good. I'm italian so I love noodles. I also have a question. How do you make beef jerkey. I always loved slim jims and jerkery.

Texaswren said...

This is a bit off topic, but I'll mention it while it's on my mind. Have you been in touch with ATTRA?

When I was starting my earthworm farm, they were the most valuable resource I found!!! They sent me tons and tons of information and even followed up to see how it was going.

Anonymous said...

Pineapple. Not, I suppose, that you grow pineapple.

But that was my favorite dried fruit when my brother whipped out the food dehydrator.


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