Picked up a food dehydrator for $5 at a thrift shop. Still drying my
first try. It's been on over 24 hours. Some are still not done while
some on the bottom tray are toasted. I couldn't slice them a uniform
thickness. Don't know if I'll get any more ripe tomatoes for a second
try It probably cost me a quarter a batch for the electricity. Can't
wait till next year's crop to do more drying.
Hmm... I wasn't impressed with my dehydrator. Used it once and returned
it. I did cantaloupe, kiwi, strawberry, lemons, apples, and mango.
Didn't like the fact that they all took different amounts of time to dry
and it took for-EVER. Plus, the fruit looked so unattractive... well,
except maybe the kiwi, those slices looked interesting, kind of artsy.
Made me think they would look really cool in a collage or something.
It'd cost me FAR more in electricity!
The dehydrator I have is a convection unit and has no fan, just a hollow
center to draw the heat and dry air, and a small heating element in the
Simple, easy to use and cheap to run.
It's no bid deal to rotate the trays. When I make jerky, I have to turn
the meat at 12 hours anyway so I rotate the trays at the same time.
It only takes 24 hours (or so) to make jerky....
I find simply putting them on an oiled tray lined with foil and into the oven at
temperature does the job. Where I am, gas is cheaper than electricity and I
like the constant noise of my dehydrator motor fan going.
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