Originally Posted by Drummercook
Just got back from my friend's tag sale and picked up her Ronco Food Dehydrator for 2 bucks!
So what can i do with this thing??? My other friend usually makes his own beef jerky, but uses a fan and air filters to dehydrate it. Could i just marinade it the same way and put it in the dehydrator?
What about my own herbs/spices/spice mixes? would they last as long/taste as good?
You can make beef jerky in your Ronco. Dry herbs, croutons and such. You can make your own rubs for jerky. The trick is to make sure that the meats dried properly. I'll do my best to explain the why's..
I was waiting for someone else to say this first. Be prepared for some work. Ronco's and a few other round doughnut shaped dehydrators have been known to have problems. Most don't even have a temperature control setting. The heating element is positioned at the bottom, for anything like juices from meats to drip on. You have to rotate the trays often, they dry unevenly. Which can pose as a problem with improperly dried foods molding. Most don't evenly distribute air flow, uses a lot of electricity. They take longer to dehydrate anything.
Temperature control, tray size,and clean up are the biggest issues.
If dehydrating is something that your really interested in doing often. Check out other brands on the market. L 'Equip Nesco American Harvest's Gardenmaster and Excalibur's Large Garden dehydrator are all great dehydrators. I have the Excalibur. It's used often for many things. Been extremely happy with it. It has a temperature control that is so gentle when drying my own herbs. I don't worry about mold, or burning the delicate leaves. Sun dried tomatoes when I want them in the winter is a nice treat. :) Takes care of my bread rising needs to. I like to let people think I worked hard all day.
But anyways.. Good luck have some fun with it.