I've had my cheap wallyworld dehydrator (nesco) for at least 8 years and used it so much I bought a second one. Then I figured out I could put all 8 racks/shelves together and only run one motor. Still works just as well, especially if I don't crowd the food too much. That way I have the other motor (the top, lid-type cover with built in motor and blower) as a spare.
I keep expecting the first one to burn out. I've dehdrated just about everything that can be dehydrated and run it for hours and hours. Keeps on ticking!
I bought large sheets of plastic canvas years ago in the craft dept. at wallyworld and cut them to fit the dehydrator racks so food wouldn't fall through the spaces on the racks that came with it. Got the idea from someone else.
I'll be looking forward to your progress reports. My dehydrating has been pretty much fresh and frozen items. Keep up posted!
Last edited by gypsysue; 05-30-2010 at 05:43 PM.
Riverdale (or anyone else who cares to add to this), what's the most unusual thing you've dehydrated, and how did it work out?
This year I've started dehydrating the extra eggs from my chickens so I won't have to buy eggs next winter when the chickens slack off. I beat them (the eggs, not the chickens!), then pour them onto the drying racks, which I line with parchment paper (and can use it over and over). After they're dry I make the dry eggs into a powder in my blender and store it in jars. When I use them I mix equal parts water and egg, and use them for scrambled eggs or omelettes. Took some of the dry eggs camping in April and they were great!
I don't know if that counts as unusal. I'd love to hear other ideas for dehydrating.
Last edited by gypsysue; 05-31-2010 at 02:30 PM.
Its probably not unusual but I've done canned soups (racks lined with plastic wrap) and homemade taco soup. They turned out ok, but the leftover spaghetti.....well I'll have to try something different there.
Last edited by katfish; 06-02-2010 at 02:35 AM.
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Leftover soup? That is so cool! (and unusual!) Does it come out like fruit leather? Mmmm, taco soup, nummy! Tell me more about dehydrating soup, please. The plastic wrap you lined the racks with, do you mean seran wrap? What do you do when you want to use the dried soup?
riverdale i do the same thing -we have a save a lot near us but instead if dehydrating canned veggies i buy the frozen veggies as the nutrients have not been cooked out of them yet and they seem to dry better
remember its better to have and not need than need and not have