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What do you use your dehydrator for? [moved from General Topics]

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Not as exciting as a deep fryer, perhaps... but I need some ideas. I'm starting to think that this was the dumbest thing I've ever bought. I mean, 2 bananas and 15 hours yeilded delicious banana chips that took us about 1 minute to eat. Is this to be my first e-bay auction item?

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  1. We use ours each year for home-grown tomatoes. (When they get ripe, they all get ripe at once, and there's way too many to eat or give away.)

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    1. re: David Kahn

      Ditto...plus my husband back-packs and eats amazingly well on the trail because of our dehydrator. No more freeze dried junk.

      1. re: Janet

        Hi Janet, besides jerky, what foods do your dry for backpacking?

        1. re: Sarnie

          Actually we've never done jerky. We have a Vietnamese friend who make the most amazing beef jerky (lots of lemon grass and Crown Royal!) and she keeps us supplied. We dry carrots, leeks, tomatoes, herbs, celery (can be overdried and it won't rehydrate), zucchini, pineapple, and strawberries. He eats very well on the trail using recipes from "Lord Krishna's Cuisine." We're not vegetarians so he sometimes adds things like jerky or demi-glace to some of them. He's impressed enough with some of these to make them at home using fresh ingredients. Takes a lot to talk me, a non-camper, into eating camping cuisine!

          1. re: Janet`

            Do you have to cook vegetables before drying, or just use them raw?

    2. Hmm. I've always wanted to get one. Dried cherries, dried cranberries, pinapple bits, jerky, coconut, drying out sweet onions or shallots to smash into bits and add to pot roasts, etc.

      1. Thanks for the replies... guess I'll hang onto it for now

        1. this sounds great...what brand of dehydrator do you all suggest getting?

          1. I have a large Excalabur. I like that it has lots of shelves and that you can control the temperature.