1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2014, 14:37 »
Perfect jars now in the curing process. We have some pineapple still going taken for ever but we keep eating it, the more it dries the more electric it turns, its so intense on your tongue its like an electric shock.

Second batch of strawberries now drying

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #16 on: June 15, 2014, 21:19 »
Yay - you did it  :D   The pineapple sounds good - may have to try that.

I've done 2 batches of strawberries now and the first jar is ready for the dried food stash cupboard  :D


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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #17 on: June 15, 2014, 21:22 »
I find jam jars with lids and cling film seam to let the damp in with veg are preserving jars better?
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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #18 on: June 15, 2014, 21:45 »
I use both preserving jars and re-used jars from stuff I have bought and haven't had any problems  :)

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #19 on: June 15, 2014, 21:47 »
Maybe its because I have a damp pantry

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« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2014, 08:31 »
OK, guys. This looks fabulous. I've just done a search on here for dehydrating and dehydrator and this is the only thread I came up with. So I'm going to start a thread on dehydrator advice - because I need it! We don't have a freezer and this looks like the bee's knees.

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2014, 08:33 »
My second batch of strawberries took forever. I quartered them now wondering if I should have sliced instead.

Gave up with the blueberries 24 hours and they looked no different, I put them in boiled water at the start for two mins to soften the skin and pricked them.  :unsure:

Pineapple was eaten before done it was so good LOL

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2014, 20:04 »
OK, guys. This looks fabulous. I've just done a search on here for dehydrating and dehydrator and this is the only thread I came up with. So I'm going to start a thread on dehydrator advice - because I need it! We don't have a freezer and this looks like the bee's knees.

We quite often talk about dehydrating I'm surprised

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« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2014, 10:42 »
OK, guys. This looks fabulous. I've just done a search on here for dehydrating and dehydrator and this is the only thread I came up with. So I'm going to start a thread on dehydrator advice - because I need it! We don't have a freezer and this looks like the bee's knees.

We quite often talk about dehydrating I'm surprised

Yes, it's odd. In the thread I started, New Shoot provided links to other threads but they didn't come up when I searched for "dehydrator" or "dehydrating". Anyway, I'm enthused and with any luck will be joining in the threads in future. Only problem is power requirements: we have solar panels and to provide 440 W (smallest dehydrator on Dehydrate2Store) for 24 hours and more will be an issue. Anyway, will keep looking and pondering and hoping...

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2014, 10:58 »
I had a dehydrator for Christmas and so far have not had any surplus crops to use it for - I thought PSB nay not be that good -- but as I have a huge bowlful of strawberries I am off to get slicing.

A much healthier option that jars and jars of strawberry jam, too  :D :D

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #25 on: June 18, 2014, 19:56 »
I want to try raspberries and loganberries

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #26 on: June 18, 2014, 21:17 »
I now have a jar of strawberry slices --- a whole colander full came down to three small handfuls  :ohmy: :ohmy:

But they sure are delicious.  :D :D (Took 9 hours)

Apple half rings -- very good  :D 

Pear slices -- not as strong a pear flavour as I had hoped  :unsure:

Banana slices --- went crispy in 9 hours but were softened a bit by the morning. Scrummy though so they won't be being kept for long. Next time will leave them for longer. :D

Had the thumbs up from Mr Sunny too, which is good as this experiment will be continuing.

I am now wondering how good strawberry powder might be for adding to icing sugar to make icing?

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #27 on: June 18, 2014, 21:28 »
Strawberry powder ooohhhhh tell me more please.

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #28 on: June 18, 2014, 21:30 »
oww raspberry powder :D

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Re: 1st harvest of the year in the dehydrator
« Reply #29 on: June 18, 2014, 21:31 »
Boysenberry powder, i am growing them this year mind you a small harvest is forecast


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