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What do you make in your dehydrator?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 15, 2012 at 5:39 PM

I finally bought a dehydrator (nesco 1000 watts) and I've been making jerky all weekend:

  • beef flank shaved thin, with a touch of sea salt (yum!)
  • ground beef jerky with sea salt, garam masala and apple cider vinegar
  • wild salmon, also with a tough of sea salt

They've all turned out great. I also made a fruit rollup for my bf (strawberries, an apple and a ripe banana pureed with fresh lemon juice) which received rave reviews.

What do you make in your dehydrator, and what jerky seasonings do you recommend?

Thanks! Jen

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on April 17, 2012
at 12:48 AM

+1 I think I'm going to need to buy a dehydrator. It sounds like a really useful appliance.

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:03 PM

Can everyone also post what brand of dehydrator you have?

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:23 PM

Great idea- and I happen to have some which I don't plan on using right away...

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Yum! Thanks for these great suggestions.

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on April 15, 2012
at 07:34 PM

Kale chips!!!!!!

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:16 AM

I LOVE my dehydrator!

I soak and sprout my own nuts (usually) and use the dehydrator to dry them out after soaking I love to make veggie wraps and crackers (recipes from our raw veggie friends.) Just blend up a bunch of veggies and add some avocado to make the wrapps (gives flexibility to the wrap) or don't for the crackers. Chicken treats for my cats Dehydrating fruits and veggies when I find them on deep discount. Making yogurt Making yogurt and fruit leathers And yes KALE CHIPS!

6714718e2245e5190017d643a7614157

on April 17, 2012
at 12:48 AM

+1 I think I'm going to need to buy a dehydrator. It sounds like a really useful appliance.

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:14 PM

I use mine to dry habanero peppers.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:23 PM

Great idea- and I happen to have some which I don't plan on using right away...

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:10 PM

I slice eye of round, throw it in a marinade of smoked paprika, honey (mildly hygroscopic, so it helps dry the meat), sea salt (highly hygroscopic and helps dry the meat), and pepper. Let it sit in this "marinade" until there is a little bit of water in the bowl, then I wring out the meat and lay it out on the dehydrator.

My next trick is to try steaming some "chipable" veggies like zucchini and summer squash, then running them through with lemon juice and salt.

65bf1ca7071028018c6d8305d0ddcd76

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on April 15, 2012
at 06:22 PM

Yum! Thanks for these great suggestions.

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on June 25, 2012
at 03:29 PM

Cucumber and zucchini chips spiced up with various liquid sauces provide great healthy snacks to help me eat less junk food.

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:57 PM

I know I make my neighbors hungry! When I'm making beef or venison jerky, the entire block knows it. I have also made cucumber and zucchini chips for dipping into salsa. Just remember to cut them pretty thick because if they are too thin, they are really brittle.

When Michigan apples come in, we stock up and my boys love dehydrated apple slices in their lunches.

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on April 16, 2012
at 11:51 AM

Use it a lot to make my crispy nuts after soaking but love making nola....

After making large batches of unsweetened applesauce I mix it with a variety of nuts and unsweetened coconut, then spread out on the sheet and dry....once dry I break it into pieces and use it for a granola substitute, on top of yogurt and fruit for hubby and also for snacks!

my new favorite treats!

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on April 16, 2012
at 04:55 AM

I love my dehydrator!!

I second everyone else's comments about Kale Chips and nuts, crackers, wraps from the book that came with the dehydrator, pie crusts from nuts and best of all powdered baby food. I buy 10 lbs of carrots for $3, boil them and blend them with some of the water. Spread it out on parchment sheets and dehydrate overnight. I then blend the sheets in a blender to make a powder.(some of the sheets I save for carrot chip snacks) The powder is perfect on the go to store in the diaper bag. I just add 1/2 cup of water to 2 tablespoons of carrot powder, stir and bam instant baby carrot puree.

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on April 16, 2012
at 12:56 AM

I've used mine to dry beef for pemmican. I've dehydrated cranberries to add to stews for flavor. In the past I've made banana chips, dried garlic to grind into powder, dried onions (again, for adding flavor to soups and stews), and fruit leather. Oh, and I often use it to crisp up brazil nuts after soaking them overnight in warm water. Eventually I'll get my act together enough to dehydrate my own camping mixes, but I haven't been that organized yet.

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on April 15, 2012
at 08:10 PM

Beef and bison jerky with various marinades. Sweet potato chips with sea salt and black pepper, or some thing spicy like cayenne pepper powder. All sorts if fruits.. Bananas, apples, kiwi, watermelon, etc.

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on April 11, 2013
at 05:41 PM

hey guys I'm looking for a little help before I purchase a dehydrator. I've ever dried food before or done jerky or anything but I want to get into it. I've been looking around for dehydrators and I'm leaning towards the nesco american harvest FD-37 that I found on this site http://www.squidoo.com/how-to-make-jerky-and-dried-foods-with-a-dehydrator and i'm curious what you guys think of nesco dehydrators or if you have suggestions of other brands I should consider? Any help would be great before I make a purchase, thanks guys.

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