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Jun 1, 2007 09:30 AM

What do you make with your food dehydrator?

I've had a food dehydrator for a few months and I've tried dried apples, zucchini chips, jerky, pineapple, bananas, fruit rollups and other traditional food dehydrator staples. Now I want to branch out and try other snacks. Does anyone have any good recipes for dehydrated snacks? I've tried a few corn chip recipes and they haven't turned out so well.

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  1. You may want to check out books on raw food - they do all sorts of creative stuff with dehydrators.

    1. Hi sunshinedrop, have you found some more good things? We just got a dehydrator to deal with a windfall of peaches, and I'm very curious. Did you actually *like* the zucchini chips? ;) I've heard you can make kale chips, too...

      1. Mushrooms, all kinds. Can be used as powder or bits. powder great in mushroom risotto, for example
        "Sun"-dried tomatoes and sweet peppers
        Garlic and sweet red peppers dried brittle and powdered ... nice all-purpose rub/seasoning
        Beef jerky (I've never had much luck with turkey)
        lots of kinds of fruit
        fruit/yogurt leathers

        I had a cheap-o plastic model, and used it so much it warped. I moved on to a combat-harded metal box from a survivalist website and never regretted it.

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        1. re: Meann

          Thanks Meann! I've been reading up and I'm very excited about the idea of drying mushrooms, broccoli, onions, celery, all kinds of things, for those inevitable times when the refrigerator's missing something I need for a recipe! I'm thinking it will really save money spent on certain things like celery, which i tend to waste because I'll need, say, one or two pieces for a soup or what-have-you, and the rest doesn't get eaten in time. We'll see how long it is before I buy the survivalist model ;)