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Sep 23, 2011 07:36 AM

Sell me on keeping my dehydrator

My husband and I received a NESCO "American Harvest" Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator and Jerky Maker with extra trays. He's convinced it's not useful and is going to take up too much storage space. Neither of us is really jazzed about making beef jerky or homemade prunes. The only thing that springs to mind is homemade fruit roll-ups----which themselves can be made in the oven.

What do you think? Keep or give away? If you have one, what do you use it for? Any unusual applications I might be missing? Drying herbs?

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  1. Well I make beef jerky for camping trips and fishing trips. Even if you do it half right, it's quite a bit better than the jerky available at the store. My wife, who still isn't much of a meat eater, gets all excited when I decide to slice up a giant roast for jerky.

    You can also slice up and dehydrate apples and bananas. I like those for on-the-go snacks.

    Another camping use is dehydrated ground beef. It makes it much lighter for trips way into the bush.

    1. tomatoes. Seriously. You end up with these amazingly flavorful tomato "chips". I always mean to save them to throw into soups and stews in the winter, but I wind up just snacking on them and they are gone by the end of October.