"Discover Cooking, Discuss Life."

Go Back   Discuss Cooking - Cooking Forums > General Cooking Information > Farm to Table > Dehydrator Discussions
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
 
Old 01-03-2011, 09:32 AM   #11
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 476
What do you use the dried lemon for? I want to get dehydrating things but am unsure where to start. Do you have any recipes you could share?
__________________

__________________
Happy Cooking!!
Joy

betterthanabox.org
betterthanabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 09:34 AM   #12
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
I dry lemon in mine and use it for tea.
__________________

__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 09:38 AM   #13
Senior Cook
 
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Pennsylvania
Posts: 476
Quote:
Originally Posted by GB View Post
I dry lemon in mine and use it for tea.

How do long does it keep and is it any good?
__________________
Happy Cooking!!
Joy

betterthanabox.org
betterthanabox is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 09:43 AM   #14
Chief Eating Officer
 
GB's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: USA,Massachusetts
Posts: 25,509
I have not found a limit on how long it will keep. I find that most dehydrated things are decent. Fruits come out great. If you are drying and using things dry then they are awesome. If you are drying and then dehydrating at some point then I find them to be better than nothing, but not as good as fresh. I am very very happy with my dehydrator and love using it. My kids love it too. They go crazy for dried fruit and buying it from the store is so expensive. Now I can buy fruit at the fruit stand that is at the end of its life for dirt cheap and make my own dried fruit. It is healthy, delicious, and fun.
__________________
You know you can't resist clicking
this link. Your eyes will thank you. VISUAL BLISS
GB is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 10:00 AM   #15
Chef Extraordinaire
 
CWS4322's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Rural Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 12,303
I love my dehydrator. It lets me take advantage of specials on fruit (apples during harvest season, etc.) and to dehydrate produce from the garden (peppers, onions, tomatoes, carrots, beans, etc.) as well as mushrooms (love it for dehydrating mushrooms). The advantage of dehydrating food is that the dehydrated food takes less space to store. The disadvantage is that it does use electricity so that cost has to be factored in to dehydrating. The dehydrator is one of the four "appliances" I think is well worth the investment. The other three are a bread machine (I use mine almost daily--I haven't bought bread, bagels, pitas, etc. for ages), freezer (I write on mine with a grease pen to keep track of what is in it), and a juicer (lets me juice veggies and toss the juice in the freezer for the winter, the pulp goes into soups and veggie stock). The other thing I keep in the freezer is lemon and lime zest and juice (I zest the limes and lemons, freeze the zest, juice the lemon and limes and freeze the juice in ice cube trays).

Yes, it takes time to prepare food from scratch, but I processed 100 plum tomatoes in my dehydrator last summer (I'd been away taking care of my mother who suffers from dementia and came home to 100 plum tomatoes). It took my brother and I 20 minutes to get the tomatoes ready and then the dehydrator did the rest of the work. I just had to check it periodically to flip the slices, take out those that were ready, etc. While the dehydrator was doing its job, I was able to sit at my desk and do my job.

Those dehydrated tomatoes come in really handy. And, the dehydrator is easy to use and doesn't take up a lot of space. I use mine about 2-3 times/week during the harvest season; 1-2 a month the rest of the year.

K.
__________________
CWS4322 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 12:53 PM   #16
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,283
Okay, I'm on course to put out the money for a dehydrator. Of course, it will be an Excaliber...Arthur freak that I am.
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 01:03 PM   #17
Honey Badger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by betterthanabox View Post
What do you use the dried lemon for? I want to get dehydrating things but am unsure where to start. Do you have any recipes you could share?
I used the sliced lemons in a fresh pitcher of lemon aid.
Around here they go fast in the summer. My kids make fresh fruit juices, they like to add lemon and orange slices to it and have it the next day. It's not so bad re hydrated and grilled with fresh salmon.

If dehydrated and stored properly they last for well over a year. Except my house..

Munky.
__________________
If your with me that's great. If not. Get out of my way.
Chef Munky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 01:17 PM   #18
Honey Badger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,284
Quote:
Originally Posted by PrincessFiona60 View Post
Okay, I'm on course to put out the money for a dehydrator. Of course, it will be an Excaliber...Arthur freak that I am.
My Ex ( not my husband) seems to always have some kind of project going on inside.

I've prepped bread dough in mine.

Use it often to warm up small containers for candles.
Don't see why canner's couldn't use it to prep jars. They warm up nice and even. No hot spots.

Working on a project now, dehydrating spruce branches for another craft project.

Had a bad batch of soaps come out. MP. Too much humidity in the air that day, so sweating was an issue. I couldn't wrap the finished product.
So I un molded all of them. Loaded up the racks in the dehydrator. What normally would have taken a few days of air drying to correct. Too 15 minutes to fix in the EX dehydrator. That was one of my best batches.

Munky.
__________________
If your with me that's great. If not. Get out of my way.
Chef Munky is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 01:40 PM   #19
Ogress Supreme
 
PrincessFiona60's Avatar
Site Administrator
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Wyoming
Posts: 36,283
Quote:
Originally Posted by Chef Munky View Post
My Ex ( not my husband) seems to always have some kind of project going on inside.

I've prepped bread dough in mine.

Use it often to warm up small containers for candles.
Don't see why canner's couldn't use it to prep jars. They warm up nice and even. No hot spots.

Working on a project now, dehydrating spruce branches for another craft project.

Had a bad batch of soaps come out. MP. Too much humidity in the air that day, so sweating was an issue. I couldn't wrap the finished product.
So I un molded all of them. Loaded up the racks in the dehydrator. What normally would have taken a few days of air drying to correct. Too 15 minutes to fix in the EX dehydrator. That was one of my best batches.

Munky.
Great thinking out of the box Munky! What model do you have?
__________________
PrincessFiona60 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 01-03-2011, 01:50 PM   #20
Honey Badger
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Posts: 2,284
9 tray Large 3900. Mine doesn't have the fancy timer.
I am that fancy timer.. I can tell by the rattle when it's done.

Just so you know people do complain about that rattle.
I've been using the large felt sticky pads, those that you place under anything that would scratch your glass table tops. Cut the large ones in half and place them in the corners where the lid hinges. It works well and they can hold up to the heat. I buy the dark ones you can barely see them.

Commercial Food Dehydrators for dehydrating beef, fruits & other food from Excalibur

P.S.. I got mine off of Amazon it was cheaper, and you can still register it with the Ex Co..
Munky.
__________________

__________________
If your with me that's great. If not. Get out of my way.
Chef Munky is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



» Discuss Cooking on Facebook

Our Communities

Our communities encompass many different hobbies and interests, but each one is built on friendly, intelligent membership.

» More about our Communities

Automotive Communities

Our Automotive communities encompass many different makes and models. From U.S. domestics to European Saloons.

» More about our Automotive Communities

Marine Communities

Our Marine websites focus on Cruising and Sailing Vessels, including forums and the largest cruising Wiki project on the web today.

» More about our Marine Communities


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 03:37 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 4
Copyright ©2000 - 2016, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.