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YellowRose Posted - Aug 29 2014 : 3:03:43 PM
6 8oz pkg. port-a-bella mushrooms - yielded 1 quart & 1/2 pint

1 lemon zest






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YellowRose Posted - May 24 2020 : 6:26:32 PM
Denise I have "Food Drying with an Attitude" by Mary T. Bell.

I dried 7 garlic bulbs today and ground to powder in blender. I want to use it in different blends I want to try.

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levisgrammy Posted - May 24 2020 : 06:47:37 AM
I need to find the one that came with my dehydrator Michele. I do have the Ball canning book. With have to look through there.

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windypines Posted - May 24 2020 : 03:47:39 AM
I don't have any special drying books. Just the ball canning book and the one that came with my dehydrator.


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levisgrammy Posted - May 23 2020 : 12:13:49 PM
Haven't done the blueberries, pears or bananas yet but my granddaughter was helping so now we have celery and peppers drying. Not sure how long they will take. I diced some of the peppers and also sliced some. We also made pickled eggs today too. Not for drying of course. I wondered if any of you would have any book recommendations for dehydrating. I have Mary Bell's Complete Dehydrator Cookbook but would like suggestions for others that have been helpful to any of you.
Thanks!

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levisgrammy Posted - May 22 2020 : 5:12:02 PM
Thanks Michele!
I was able to get pears to dry today as well as bananas. Thank you for the tip on blueberries. I will save the juice from thawing maybe I can use it for something.

~Denise
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windypines Posted - May 22 2020 : 4:43:10 PM
Thaw frozen blue berries all the way before drying. Otherwise you will have a mess of liquid in your dehydrator. If using fresh you have to poke them with a needle a few times to break the skin so they can dry. Freezing and thawing breaks the skins Dried pears are the best. I like them much better then dried peaches.

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windypines Posted - May 22 2020 : 4:36:51 PM
Dried pears are very good. I like them better the dried peaches.

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YellowRose Posted - May 22 2020 : 08:31:10 AM
Sherone good planning on buying on sale.

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sherone_13 Posted - May 22 2020 : 08:26:43 AM
Blueberries are on sale right now. I do believe I will try some.

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levisgrammy Posted - May 21 2020 : 4:40:34 PM
I do believe I will give them a try as well as some of the frozen fruits I have. I was thinking the dried blueberries would be good in granola. But I was wondering about the thawing process.

~Denise
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saram Posted - May 21 2020 : 4:16:34 PM
I have dried pears, Denise. They are delicious.
I just sliced, dipped in a solution to prevent browning and dried in the dehydrator. They still came out caramel colored, but the grandkids love them. I bought a box from Costco to have enough to dry. This year I bought a Bartlett pear tree to eventually have my own crop.
naturemaiden Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:51:44 AM
I'm going to dry pears, they sound delicious

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StitchinWitch Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:50:35 AM
Dried pears are so sweet they are just like eating candy. I never had enough to dry but I would imagine you could just slice them and dry them in the dehydrator. On a large scale they would probably be done like apricots by sulphering and sun drying.

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levisgrammy Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:49:15 AM
When you dry frozen blueberries do they need to thaw completely before drying? I have only done a couple of fruits and veggies before and never things that have been frozen.

~Denise
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"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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YellowRose Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:47:35 AM
Sherone great idea to dry the peppers.

Denise I haven't dried pears or most fruit because it's too sweet for me.

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naturemaiden Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:36:02 AM
Denise thats an interesting idea.

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levisgrammy Posted - May 21 2020 : 10:34:26 AM
Has anyone dried pears? I haven't and wondered how they are dried.

~Denise
Sister #43~1/18/2007

"Home is where we find comfort, security, memories, friendship, hospitality, and above all, family. It is the place that deserves our commitment and loyalty." William J. Bennett

"Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path." Psalm 119:105

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sherone_13 Posted - May 19 2020 : 07:08:51 AM
A few years ago, I had a bumper crop of serrano peppers I bottled the excess and I used exactly zero of the bottles. Yesterday, I emptied the bottled and dehydrated them. I will being some of them in my miropoux powder/ The rest will be flaked and used as pepper flakes in recipes. Bam! Done!

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windypines Posted - May 18 2020 : 4:00:01 PM
Interesting on the retried beans. I have made them before and froze them. I made a batch of hamburger jerky on Sunday. Yummy.

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YellowRose Posted - May 13 2020 : 09:46:18 AM
Sara, if I was to dry re-fried beans I think after they were dried I would put in blender or food processor and make a powder to use as a thickener and in soups. Or you could dry the re-fried beans and see how well they re-hydrate. I like to experiment and figure if it doesn't turn out I haven't lost $$.

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saram Posted - May 13 2020 : 09:35:36 AM
Hot weather made me bring in the end of last year’s leeks, but I already had four in the fridge for over a month so I sliced and dried those. Onions and onion substitutes have moved onto my “essentials “ list while not shopping.

Has anyone made dehydrated refried beans? I have a style of dry bean that cooks up rather dry for some reason and it made me think they would be better used mashed and then dried.
YellowRose Posted - May 07 2020 : 07:01:02 AM
Drying Syrian oregano; garden sage; and window box sage. I prefer fresh sage but I do use dried sage in cornbread dressing. Not enough of both sages to fill a tray so I mixed them together.

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YellowRose Posted - May 05 2020 : 07:18:42 AM
Michelle I too have a pair of those scissors. Like you I like to cut up chives with them. The other day I washed oregano and it wasn't quite dried when I tried to use the scissors. I found out quickly that damp herbs will gum up the scissors.

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windypines Posted - May 05 2020 : 03:44:59 AM
Fresh herbs are nice and pretty when dried. Mine are all alive, but not growing much. We had warm weather and have turned cooler again. I purchased a herb scissors a few years back. Works great on cutting up the chives into smaller pieces.

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YellowRose Posted - May 04 2020 : 09:23:36 AM
Hadn't planned on drying anything today but when I watered earlier I noticed the Greek oregano was crowding out the English thyme. I harvested two trays worth of the Greek oregano so the English thyme can now breath and spread a little. This time of the year gotta keep an eye on the raised beds because the herbs seem to grow overnight.

Chives will be next to cut back.

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