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Dehydrating vegetables and fruit
Fri 9-Oct-09
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Danny and I have been experimenting with our dehydrator for the past few weeks and have realised that a dehydrator is a great way of saving money (you can take advantage of CFC bargains and special offers) and store the food for at least a year without having to pay for freezer electricity.

I wrote an article about our dehydrator today, if you are interested. I'd also be happy to answer any queries you have too.

Fri 9-Oct-09
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I've never thought of doing this, and it looks intriguiging? Would it work for things like gooseberries? Tomatoes? Bananas? Pineapple?

Is there any data on what dehydrating does to vitamins?

David

Fri 9-Oct-09
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Hi David

I had never heard of this until I noticed that dehydrating food is quite a big thing on American food sites. As a nation they tend to save their harvests etc and are interested in being thrifty. In fact I've learnt loads from sites in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. The UK has a lot of catching up to do.

Yes you can dehydrate bananas, gooseberries, pineapples and tomatoes. I have organic beetroot half price from Tesco CFC drying as I type this. The dehydrate2store videos are free and are on YouTube and would give you a good idea of what you can dehydrate and how to use this food in recipes.

I've found this article on the effects of dehydration on food and I'm sure there's loads more information out there.

Fri 9-Oct-09
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I did a bit of googling, but the first sites I came across seemed to have some sort of vested interest, or seemed a bit kooky.

So I asked for advice on another board, where someone I know who is a foody, a research chemist, and an ultra cynic. I figured that if he OKs dehydration, then that is good enough for me.

This is what he had to say. I wonder if this sort of code works on this board. Doesn't really matter.

David

Fri 9-Oct-09
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Thanks for asking elsewhere, David.

Does that sound like a positive response o dehydrating? It seems like it does. Plus, I admire anybody who enjoys jerky/biltong when it is made the right way with a good and tasty mix of herbs and spices.

Never knowingly underfed

Sat 10-Oct-09
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Yeah, good enough for me.

As the wild food season draws to a close, perhaps not this year, especially since money is tight, as my car is proving to be an expensive mistake.

I'll be thinking about buying one in the spring.

David

Sat 10-Oct-09
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I noticed that the one on the link in Fiona's post today has been reduced.  May have to think some more about that now.  Wonder what the postage is.

Sat 10-Oct-09
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The postage is about a fiver - it's shipped from Germany - that's why it's so much cheaper. They also do a fruit steamer much cheaper than the UK ones too.

Sat 10-Oct-09
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I also followed your link to the dehydrator, Fiona, as drying food (apple rings in particular) is something I've been thinking about on and off for a while.  The expense of the impressive-looking models put me off and I was wary of the more affordable ones so it's good to have a recommendation from someone who's bought and played with one.  The price reduction is tempting me but the picture shows the dehydrator with an EU plug - did yours come with a UK plug or do you have to use an adaptor?

Sat 10-Oct-09
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It comes with an adaptor (not like out sort of EU adaptor - the plug slides in and becomes integral.)

We've just made scrummy beetroot chips!

Sat 10-Oct-09
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I've just ordered the dehydrator - here's hoping for a speedy delivery! 

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No good to me, not having a car, but I stumbled across this page about dehydrating. You'll understand when you read it!

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Sat 25-Jun-11
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I'll try that again!

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