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    Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    I really want to start dehydrating fruits, veggies & meat but I don't know a good brand of dehydrator to look at.

    Does anyone have any first hand experience on what ones are good?
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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    Excalibur 9 tray! Only way to go. They can be had on Craigslist by people who use once then sell. I love mine, have done beef jerky, corn, blueberries, apple chips, and a mixed fruit batch

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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    Excalibur is the best on the market for sure, if your on a budget, check out a Gardenmaster/Harvestmaster, there is a couple other names out there and they are all the same. I use one and it works like a champ and more affordable than the Excalibur, unless you can score a used one somewhere.

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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    How long does food done in a dehydrator like that last versus freeze dried stuff?

    I do wish freeze drying equipment wasn't hideously expensive...

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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    I really want to start doing trail mixes, and packaging the extras out of my garden. Thanks for the input fellas.. Got any good recipes?
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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    Hot and Smokey Jerky
    ½ part liquid smoke hickory
    ½ part liquid smoke mesquite
    1 part teriyaki thick sweet sauce your choice. A bbq sauce will also work.
    2 parts Worcestershire sauce
    4 parts soy sauce
    lots of (freshly) ground black pepper
    1 roll of carne asada sliced beef I get mine from the meximart in Moses Lake or slice it yourself.

    Marinate for 30-35 min. longer = saltier
    put in dehydrator run on med heat
    rotate trays for even dryness.

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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    Hers is an interesting option: Homemade using paper furnace filters and a box fan . . . http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wLCmxKs4oXU

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    Re: Food dehydrator reccomendations?

    Quote Originally Posted by jackbrownii View Post
    How long does food done in a dehydrator like that last versus freeze dried stuff?

    I do wish freeze drying equipment wasn't hideously expensive...
    Really a difficult question, a lot of variables like, fruit, vegetable, meat, dryness, preservatives used, and how stored (refidge/freeze/vacuum packed/etc.). Anywhere from a few weeks, to a couple of years. Freeze dried (Thrive since I deal with this product) approximately 25 years unopened, and 6-18 months opened (again depends on how stored after opening, and type of food). I can't from experience say with total conviction the life after opening since it gets consumed way before the suggested dates. I have an American Harvest dehydrator that I've had probably for ten years that seem to work pretty good for me. I also have a solar oven that can be used for dehydrating, but I haven't tried it yet for that. For regular cooking it does work great.

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