This page will be all about dehydrating foods! I can't buy anything already dehydrated from the store. Many foods already dehydrated contain sulfates/sulfites in them of which I'm allergic. Additionally, I love fruit roll-ups but they often contain high fructose corn syrup or artificial food colorings (another thing I'm allergic to!). So, I decided to start drying things myself! I love my dehydrator!! You make your recipe, put the food on the tray, turn it on and a few hours later, you have your dried foods! Done! I usually put my dried foods in my canning jars and then vacuum seal them with my vacuum sealer! They will last a long time this way if properly dried and sealed! So, what can you dry? Just about any food can be dried with a few rare exceptions! You should not dry milk or eggs (those done commercially are freeze dried). Home machines just aren't capable of doing this.
Nesco American Harvest FD-1018P 1000 Watt Food Dehydrator Kit'. This is a powerful machine that does a lot! It comes with 8 trays and is expandable to 30 trays! It gets the job done very quickly. They do have less powerful machines but I do a lot so I wanted a powerful machine that would last. It does fruits, vegetables, fruit leathers (fruit roll-ups), jerky, etc. I love it! I can do a fruit roll-up in the matter of a few hours. Whenever I do orange 'chips' they are GONE in a few days! My husband tends to eat them like potato chips! I've even done grapes to make raisins and they were huge! Those took a lot of time though but they were sweet and delicious! Over the next few weeks I will post some recipes of things I'm doing with my dehydrator and put them here! Have a great night!!
Strawberry-Guava Fruit Leather (Fruit Roll-ups)
Dehydrated Red Bell Peppers