Not being able to afford a dehydrator at present I have looked at other ways from the main oven on low to building one myself but none have really appealed.
Yesterday I stood watching the Halogen oven cleaning programme (sad, I know!) when it occured to me that, if I could leave ventilation space, the Halogen would be a great drying machine. Low temp, fan and racks already there. So today I have an apple, sliced, and a tomato, sliced in there with a wooden skewer propping the lid open on one side. 100 degrees selected for one hour (doesn't go longer on my timer) and so far it is looking good.
I will report back with the results.
Seems to be going well, having to restart every hour is a bit of a pain but beggars can't be choosers.
I thought about leaving the lid closed but thought it might work faster with ventilation as that is what the DIY versions stress. I have bought home some plums from the lottie to try too 🙂 Need to find something to use as a 3rd tray between the high and low ones.
Thanks TA, I have popped in occasionally, not signed in, but real life keeps getting in the way. What with work, a 'new' neglected allotment and a pregnant daughter who has a few health probs, I don't have the time I used to.
The apple slices are crisp as are the tomato and I now have raspberries and plums in there 🙂 Need to read the dehydrator thread properly to see what else I can do.
Tomatoes and apples great, but raspberries and plums not so successful. Plan to make some fruit leather type mixes and try those and also try some mushrooms.
Most of my tomatoes this year have gone with blight but I have a few plants clinging on and next year I hope to get a proper dehydrator 🙂
Thanks for the welcome back and the good wishes for my daughter. It will be a few weeks before the next scan and the blood test results but she is 32 weeks now and what will be will be.
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