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Old 10-07-2006, 11:01 AM   #1
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RONCO Food Dehydrator!

Hey all!

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?

Any ideas?

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Old 10-07-2006, 11:13 AM   #2
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Hi Drummercook and welcome!

You got a bargain. I have a Ronco dehydrator, too, and really like it. Yes, you can make your jerkey the way you're describing. But let me give you a pointer on slicing the meat. It should be sliced very thin. To do that, put the meat in the freezer for a while - just until it begins to firm up. Then it will be easy to slice it very, very thin with a sharp knife.

Herbs are great dried in the dehydrator. I've dried my own green peppers to make green pepper flakes/chunks. They're good, too. I think the herbs taste better because they're fresher to begin with.

One of my favorite uses is to dry bread cubes for stuffing. I use the least expensive sliced loaf bread I can find. I freeze the loaf overnight and then slice it (4 slices at a time) into large cubes while it's still frozen. It will shrink quite a bit during the drying process. One 24-ounce loaf of bread will usually fill all 5 of my drying trays. I rotate the trays at least once during drying. In about 2 hours I have perfectly dried bread cubes.

I also use this same method to make croutons out of whatever bread I want to use for that purpose.

If there was no instruction book with the dehydrator, email me and I can send you a pdf copy of mine.

Happy dehydrating.
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Old 10-07-2006, 02:44 PM   #3
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I've only used mine to dry fruit so far.
Our favorites are apples and pineapple. Realllly gooood!
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Old 10-09-2006, 10:31 PM   #4
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Mine is the Nesco / American Harvest F-50.

It has a powerful fan that forces the warm air though it and the trays. It's a patented process called Converga-Flow.

Yes Drmmercook, you CAN use it to make beef jerky and to dry out sliced fruits and veggies.


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Old 09-17-2007, 04:42 PM   #5
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I could desprately use a manual!!!
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Old 10-21-2007, 04:50 PM   #6
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Also looking for a manual, unable to find one on the internet.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:12 PM   #7
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Jacquelyn, I just responded to your email. The pdf file of the manual is on the way. Check your email.
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Old 10-21-2007, 05:29 PM   #8
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Here is the Ronco Food Dehydrator Manual ... it tells you how to use it and what you can use it for.
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please need manual

i was wondering if you could please email me the pdf manual for the ronco food dehydrator. thank you so much!
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Old 02-17-2008, 02:24 AM   #10
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Here is the Ronco Food Dehydrator Manual ... it tells you how to use it and what you can use it for.
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