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Old 04-19-2013, 10:45 PM   #1
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Leather - pliable, crisp?

This morning I was delivered a Excalibur food dehydrator. question , questions, questions. Can you over dry foods? lets say that I don't know what the leather and pliable actually looks like. lets just say....... OK I will..... I don't know. Can someone help me understand? there are lots of youtube on how to dehydrate but I haven't seen any to tell me when enough is enough.

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Old 04-19-2013, 11:08 PM   #2
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Leather is like a belt, pliable. You want your apple slices like that. Banana chips can be crisper. Strawberry slices can be either leathery or crisp. You won't ruin anything, just keep checking until you get the texture you want. If stuff you dehydrated still has moisture you may want to dry it some more, or refrigerate or freeze it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:03 AM   #3
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Leather is like a belt, pliable. You want your apple slices like that. Banana chips can be crisper. Strawberry slices can be either leathery or crisp. You won't ruin anything, just keep checking until you get the texture you want. If stuff you dehydrated still has moisture you may want to dry it some more, or refrigerate or freeze it.
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Old 04-20-2013, 09:48 AM   #4
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Thank you for your reply. So pliable and leathery are the same? The guide book that came with the the machine describes peaches as pliable yet strawberries as leathery. Apples and bananas are described as being pliable which I thought was supposed to be crisp. For as much food as I have thrown away in the past because we didn't use it up fast enough this machine will pay for its self in no time at all. I am excited! My first test will be tomorrow. I am making a low carb minestrone soup from veggies that I dehydrated last night. It's a taste check!
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Have fun! For a treat, try some dehydrated watermelon. It tastes like cotton candy. And leathery and pliable are interchangeable. Crisp means like a potato chip.
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OMG... I just found out that I can dehydrate spaghetti squash! I sure wish that I live on a farm. This will come in so handy for traveling in the motorhome.

Ah huh watermellon....YES! Thank you. I think I need another dehydrator already. LOL
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For a real habit-forming treat, try slicing zucchini (with the peel on) fairly thinly, sprinkle with garlic salt and dehydrate until very, very dry (crunchy). They come out like awesome potato chips.
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geez, i thought this thread was about making soup from belts and shoes, like in the stories of depression era days...
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geez, i thought this thread was about making soup from belts and shoes, like in the stories of depression era days...
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What would you use dehydrated orange slices for?
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