Dehydrating

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Dehydrating

Postby Shadowgirlau » Thu Aug 06, 2009 8:58 am

Heidi mentioned that she had been dehydrating. This reminded me of my first attempt at making chips in the dehydrator.
A couple of years ago we had an excess of zucchini in the garden and so after running out of ideas of what to do with these I thinly sliced a few, painted them with BBQ sauce using a pastry brush and then dehydrated them.
The end result was delicious thin BBQ zucchini chips. Everyone in the family was sceptical about them at first however my tray of zucchini chips lasted but an hour.

I have also made potato chips this same way. Potatoes are tricky though as they are prone to drying out like rocks.
Anyway, they really do make wonderful snacks which are fat free and healthy alternatives to bought laden with MSG alternatives.

Kathleen
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Re: Dehydrating

Postby minnie » Thu Aug 06, 2009 11:24 am

Hi Kathleen,

I dehydrated zucchini, and vaccum sealed it to use in stews etc in winter... don't ask why but I keep forgetting I have them when I'm making a stew so, so far haven't done anything with them.

I did dehydrate cherries and then bottled them in brandy, left for 12 months the resulting cherries and the cherry brandy were delicious.

And of course great for oregano, thyme etc... couldn't bear to buy these things when they grow in my garden. Even when being overtaken by grass they keep on keeping on. :lol:

My intention to try potato chips hasn't happened because I really would like to get the results to be as good as or better than kettle chips, now I know I'm fussy but I'm a chippy from way back it's my big temptation.

I bought a packet of these woolies brand thin, low fat salt and vinegar (no msg, never buy with msg anymore) the other week, well I tell you DH said it was like eating stiff paper serviette they were terrible. I don't have chips everyday but when I do I want some oil, salt and a potato chip!

It's a bit like when everyone wants to control our portions, I don't want anyone but me controlling my portions and I don't want my chips destroyed. :twisted:

Will have to put the effort in to try again.
:D
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Re: Dehydrating

Postby greenfarmers » Fri Aug 21, 2009 11:51 am

And to think I didn't know you were talking about dehydrating~ found it!

We've been having a great time with our little machine.

Made "bread" yesterday - 2cups sunflower seeds, 1 cup flax seeds , half an onion, a little celery, garlic, salt etc and some water .... all in the blender (although you might need to grind the flax in a coffee or spice mill if your blender struggles) ... makes a sticky dough ... dry for a few hours, flip and dry for another few hours, depending on how dry you like it. spread with raw hummus or tahini and whatever you like ...Yum yum

Crackers can be made in a similar way with sprouted buckwheat and flax, tomato, red capsicum garlic, onion etc ... runny mixture poured/dolloped on a sheet rather than mesh until it is partly dried.

and for a "pizza" base 2 cups sprouted chick-peas, juice of a lemon, salt, parsley, corriander ... blend to a thick paste, spread as per a thin base pizza. When dried it is yummy with tomato sauce (in blender fresh tomato, sun dried tomato, capsicum, celery, olive oil, fresh herbs and salt), chopped greens, olives, semi dried tomato pieces, avocado and a little sprinkle of goat cheese .... this can we "warmed" in the dehydrator if you like things warmer. Good "living" food, chocked full of enyzmes killed when cooked.

We're also loving semi-dried tomatoes (chuck-outs from our local organic "farm gate" seller), dried apple, banana ...

dehydrators are great for dealing with excess produce but they're also fantastic for giving variety when you eat raw ... I'm off to try your zuchini chips Kathleen!

Have a great weekend ...

Heidi

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby minnie » Fri Aug 21, 2009 12:38 pm

Holy Moly Heidi,

I didn't realise how much 'raw' could be made... :D

Very interesting.

Vicki

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Hayhay » Sat Aug 22, 2009 5:38 pm

What great ideas! Will try some of them out.

My fav chips, even better than kettle chips; are 'absolutely organic'. A little pricey but oh my goodness they are good!

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby greenfarmers » Mon Aug 24, 2009 11:38 am

minnie wrote:I didn't realise how much 'raw' could be made... :D


variety is the spice of life I believe :D

and a must to achieve optimum nutrition ... and in turn health...

h

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Hausenview » Thu Oct 01, 2009 12:06 pm

Hi Guys,

I have been reading a book called Raw energy which goes into the benefits of eating a raw diet, very interesting book. Has anyone ever tried dehydrating foods in the sun rather than a dehydrator? I have heard most things will take 3 days in the sun to dry out, not sure how long it normally takes in a dehydrator. Also has anyone tried growing sprouts in a container in the kitchen? Suppose to be quite easy and healthy for you.

Thanks.

Jodi
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Re: Dehydrating

Postby ellengray » Thu Oct 01, 2009 1:51 pm

Jodi - yes, I grow sprouts- it is really easy. Just keep rinsing a couple of times a day and before long you'll have sprouts.

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Hayhay » Thu Oct 01, 2009 7:44 pm

I tried the dehydrated potato 'chips' and they were awful...though my 1 year old liked them!

Did some with soy sauce and didn't like them much either.

Any hints to make them tastier?

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Hausenview » Fri Oct 02, 2009 11:52 am

Hi Sara,

Would you know if you can use the lentils and seeds you buy from the supermarket or would they have to be fresher than that? I have some chick peas that I wouldn't mind giving a go but they wouldn't exactly be fresh!

Jodi
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Re: Dehydrating

Postby ellengray » Sat Oct 03, 2009 5:05 am

Jodi, I have certainly used chickpeas from the supermarket and they have sprouted fine ... if they sprout they're fresh enough! :) Other beans I have either grown myself or I have bought them from online organic places, but the supermarket chickpeas were fine for me.

I use mine mostly in stir frys rather than a raw diet. I got very interested in the raw diet about this time last year when I was totally lacking in energy, loved the green smoothies - must get back to them. I am sure sprouts in smoothies would go down a treat! :)

I also have tried potato and zucchini chips in the dehydrator and have never had any kind of edible success with them. There must be some basic thing I am doing wrong.

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Hausenview » Sat Oct 03, 2009 7:37 am

Thanks Sara :) I have started with the chickpeas so will see how I go with them. I'm hoping that we will enjoy them raw but time will tell. Will have to try the green smoothies!

Jodi
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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Heidi » Tue Jan 05, 2010 3:28 pm

In case anyone is interested, Aldi have dehydrators on sale this Thursday for $40. They are small, but have variable heat settings (important), with a one year warranty. Even though they are small, for the price, if you can't afford the you beaut excalibur etc, this one seems okay.

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby mallee11 » Fri Jan 08, 2010 2:42 pm

I have seen solar powered dehydrators on the telly anyone know if they are available in Australia I just found this http://thecoconutchronicles.com/?p=68

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby accordion » Fri Jan 08, 2010 6:53 pm

Hi there - I bought the Aldi dehydrator and am currently experimenting with cherry tomatoes. The instruction manual had approximate times for drying but no temparatures. :?:

Where can I find a chart with temparatures and times?

Cheers all!

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby minnie » Sat Jan 09, 2010 7:01 am

I think they can only give approximate times as there's also weather conditions that make a difference to the dehydrating.

Last time I used mine (now 2008) I did garlic that took days and the approx was 48 hours or similar, but my times were more than doubled as we had extremely high humidity. For me dehydrating in summer means rainy, high humidity and therefore longer to dry. For those in a drier climate it's different, like the places that have dry hot summer and wet winter drying outside.

The fellow down the back from us has been trying to sun dry coffee and I think this will be the last year he dries that way as it takes too long because of the humidity.

So checking the food dehydrating for water content works.
:D
Vicki

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby alicelt » Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:27 pm

Any clue on how much to post one of those dehydrators over to me?
And anyone going to Aldi while the sale is on?

Ihad borrowed a friends dehydrator for a while but she needed it back and now I am keenly feeling the loss.

Mind you it's only probably worth it if you know whether the regular extra trays and accessories from the ezidry round ones fit.... coz I'd want to expand it I'm sure.

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Heidi » Mon Jan 11, 2010 9:47 pm

My neighbour did buy an Aldi dehydrator, and it definitely is not compatible with the Ezidry trays. Its small compared to the ezidry, but for smaller quantities I'm sure it will do the job, just not for people like me who just have to do everything in bulk!!! (I once bought my body weight in apples, but they were only 59 cents a kg and SUCH a bargain).

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby alicelt » Mon Jan 11, 2010 10:09 pm

I really use it mostly to make fruit rollup type snacks for the kids. And I need to do lots of those at once, because they eat them so fast LOL

I think I'll just have to save up some more pennies and buy an ezidry. I'd really like one of the square excalibur ones, I've heard such wonderful things about them, but they are so much more expensive i don't think I can do it!

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Re: Dehydrating

Postby Shadowgirlau » Tue Jan 12, 2010 10:18 am

How much are the Excalibur type dehydrators? Actually I wasn't aware we could even get them here.

I think the Ezidry type would do me though.

Keep saving Ali, you will get your desires eventually.

Kathleen
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