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Dehydrators
Wed 5-Jan-11
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paperman
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Don't know where to drop this item on the Forum so if it is in the wrong place please accept apologies and please feel free to move it, but tell me where you have put it !!!

Have seen these mentioned on the blog but knew nothing about them before. Does anyone have any advice please regarding considerations to make if one is thinking of buying one ?

Just beginning to think about what I will do later in the year when I am getting produce from the allotment etc..

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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Chris, try the search function in Fiona's blog she has written about dehydrators there.

I'll try that again!

Thu 6-Jan-11
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I bought the cheapest one here last autumn. I'm still exploring its uses but I'm glad I got it. I've tried quite a few things. My cherry tomatoes and windfall bramleys are my favourites so far. I also took advantage of some marked down aubergines, but as JoannaS warned me about similar crops, they soon soak up moisture again. So I've followed advice and stored them in the freezer after drying. Ok that sounds a bit crazy but they take up a lot less space once dried.

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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TA/Ruth: many thanks for this, there seem to be 2 types, either round or rectangular, is there any advantage to either design do you know and also how important is a timer ?

 

Maybe the wrong page has come up on the blog search I don't know.

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Thu 6-Jan-11
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I bought a Westfalia one the same as Fiona's -- it's round. It's the most basic, hence cheapest model, no timer, but I don't think that's critical unless you are into dehydrating in a big way. We haven't used it as much as I'd have liked this year, er I mean last year (largely due to travelling) but I'm determined to dust it off and do more apples, apricots, mushrooms, and tomatoes this year!

Sat 8-Jan-11
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Chris, on the left hand column of the blog, under the heading Smallholder, you will find a category called Kitchen Equipment that will list Fiona's ramblings regarding her dehydrator.

The Westfalia may be the most basic and cheapest but it is ideal for low volume dehydrating, like most of us on here would be processing (I mean not tonnes of produce).

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Sun 20-Nov-11
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Hi,

 I started with a cheap round dehydrator liked it and bought a much better rectangular one. I have used both to preserve vegetables from my garden with good results and prefer the dehydrated veg to frozen. When dehydrated the veg are much smaller and do not need electricity to store as i only have a small freezer this suits me. I would reccomend the better dehydrator as you only end up buying two if you start with the cheap ones and the dearer ones are much superior and give a better result.

 I make a lot of apple rings and fruit leathers my grandchildren really like these and they are really more healthy than sweeties. Sorry rambling again.

Sun 20-Nov-11
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What sort did you get then Penny? We just ended up buying two but hubby said we needed anotherdoh.

We have enjoyed having a ready made soup mix made from dried celery, hamburg parsley, carrots and pumpkin that I just add water, stock cube and a bit of milk to and we have a tasty home made soup without the hassle of cutting up veg etc.cheers

Sat 23-Jun-12
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Hi all, after reading Fiona's blog I bought a dehydrator from Westfalia, I'm dehydrating anything I can get my hands on!!! just done onions they turned out great but with one problem they taste so good dry, I'm eating them like crisps. The dehydrator was very reasonable at £33 plus delivery, so I added their professional sausage filler for the same delivery cost and it fabulous.

Thanks for the tip Fi

 

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Sat 23-Jun-12
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I have one that has not been used yet. Hope to start once the apple crop starts coming in.

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Mon 25-Jun-12
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I'm lucky in that I can solar dry, currently have marrow rings drying on poles.  The strawberries were dried on mesh trays.  But the plan is to build a box solar dryer, with a piece of corrugated black metal attached to speed up the process.

 

Pictures will follow, but don't hold your breath as I'm still bindweed bashing.

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Mon 25-Jun-12
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Good Lucky Tracy, it has difficult roots to dig out, it very easily snaps while trying to get to the root and then you never find it, the tiniest bit left in will re-grow too. your better off getting some contact weedkiller and dabbing it on the leaves as you see them. (sorry TA..off topic a bit there) - I am thinking about getting a dehydrator, but I can't really warrant spending the money when I'll probably only use it for drying herbs..and maybe a few apples

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Nicely recovered Janet, I'm impressed! welldone

I'll try that again!

Mon 10-Sep-12
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My new dehydrator arrived this afternoon (would have missed the postie but came home early - tired and sore).

 

Loaded it up with some tomatoes, banannanannannas, smoked garlic, sliced red onion, bit of left over beef, couple of slices each of melon, mango and pineapple.

 

The instructions suggest how long to run the machine for different fruits...... but not the temperature (up to 70c) doh

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Mon 10-Sep-12
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Whoops Simon, 

Take out the garlic, onions (& maybe even the meat) as they will taint the other stuff. They will have to be done separately.

Good luck.

 

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