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Should beef jerky be cut with or across the grain?

Recipes seem to be split down the middle of whether or not meat to make jerky should be cut with the grain or across it. What is the difference in the final product when cutting with vs across the ...
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How to cure beef jerky with a minimum of salt?

I just made a batch of jerky last weekend. I used the packet that came with the dehydrator. Marinade for 4 hours, dehydrate at 160 for 14 hours (12 for smaller peices) It turned out excellent! (I did ...
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marinated vegetables on food dehydrators?

So there's a party I'm going to and I promised to make jerkies, but a few of them are vegans. I'm wondering if there are vegetables (or anything non-meat) that can be marinated with roughly the same ...
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dehydrator temperatures

I just bought a nesco dehydrator. Used it a few times with good results. Yesterday I sliced up some fresh pineapple and placed it over 4 racks. I let it run at 140-145 for 6 hours. The thinner slices ...
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Can you rehydrate phyllo dough?

I like eating food with phyllo dough and I like preparing such food. However, phyllo dough is not easily available where I live. The only packages I can find are rather large. I usually use how much I ...
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Is there a way to make Beef Jerky at home?

I would like to make beef jerky at home, is there a way to do this?
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Can I use my dehydrator to raise bread?

I bought a dehydrator about a year ago and the product manual says that a dehydrator is great for leavening bread. I have tried this a number of times with (seemingly) good results, but I am unsure if ...
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Can I dehydrate multiple different types of food at the same time?

I recently got a L'Equip food dehydrator and have had some good success playing around with it. But I'm interested to know if I can dehydrate different food stuffs at the same time. For instance, ...
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Keeping beef jerky dry?

I made some beef jerky, and I am wanting to mail some to family and friends. I don't have any of those silica gel packets to absorb moisture - is there anything else I can put in the baggie that will ...
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Dehydrating cake?

I've recently purchased a book on desserts. Many recipes involve baking a cake and then dehydrating it over night (at 50° C) using the appropriate equipment. I wonder: What kind of kitchen equipment ...
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What should I look out for when creating my own beef jerky marinades?

I have had some success with making beef jerky at home in my food dehydrator. I would like to try and start experimenting with some original recipes. A whole host of questions: What sorts of ...
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Preserving dehydrated fruits and vegs

We bought a food dehydrator to make dog treats with. Primarily we're dehydrating yams, apples and bananas. I'm not dehydrating these to crisps because I didn't think I needed to. The dehydrated ...
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How do I make dried soup mix?

I do a lot of backpacking, and I usually buy freeze dried meals, like these ones. This year I would like to make my own dried meals. I know how to dehydrate my main ingredients, but I'm not sure how ...
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How do I dehydrate hot peppers in the oven?

I have a bumper crop of jalapeno hot peppers that I would like to dry in my oven. I love to roast and grind dried chiles for Chili Con Carne or Enchiladas. The correct oven temperature and drying time ...
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Dehydrating fruit without a microwave

I have a recipe that calls for dehydrating raspberries and lemon rind with the following technique: Scatter raspberries and pieces of lemon rind over a sheet of baking paper on a plate. Place in the ...
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Dehydrating herbs - leaves vs. stems

I use my dehydrator to dehydrate herbs such as parsley and dill. I use low temperature (95 F = 35 C) to preserve the taste. The dark-green leaves are usually completely dry after several hours, but ...
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Problems drying out chili sauce and in to a powder

I make a chili sauce that I want to turn in to a seasoning. I’ve made a few batches by spreading the sauce out on silicon sheets in a thin layer and baking it at a low temperature until it dries. ...
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Crunchy vs Chewy dried apples?

When making dried apples, how does one control for whether the apples come out crunchy or chewy? Is it a matter of equipment (eg: dehydrator vs oven vs sun dried), the type of apples, additives, ...
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What differences are there between reconstituted dried mushrooms and fresh?

I'm new to the idea of cooking with dried (reconstituted) mushrooms and am wondering how they would differ from fresh when cooked. Specifically, is the texture noticeably different? What types of ...
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Make lemon balm tea - recommended method

I get a ton of lemon balm in my yard and I'd love to make a tea from it - especially an iced tea. I'm a total tea newbie, so I have a few questions: Should I dry it first (in my food dehydrator) or ...
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How common are worms in dried mushrooms?

I was excited to try cooking with dried mushrooms until I saw some comments from people who found (many) dried worms mixed in with their dried mushrooms. How common is this?
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Approximating dried mushroom texture without

For yet another variation on using dried/fresh mushrooms, I would like to know how to approximate the texture of dried mushrooms using fresh. My intent is to make a leek-miso soup and I would like to ...
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Can I substitute dehydrated veggies for freeze dried in recipes?

I've been looking at pre-made mason-jar meals recently and notice a lot of recipes use freeze dried food. Namely, Cheff Tess' (presumably a spokesperson for Honeyville Foods) meal-in-a-jar mixes. I ...
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preserving dehydrated foods prepared with citric acid, honey or syrup

Can anyone please confirm for me whether food that has been dehydrated with honey, syrup or citric acid (which I understand has a shorter life span than those made with preservatives which cause ...
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Do alcohol and salt help in preservation of dehydrated vegetables?

I dehydrate vegetables and keep them in glass jars for a long time. Is it a good idea to put a small amount of alcohol 70% in the jar before I insert the vegetables, in order to kill the bacterias? Is ...
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Dehydration temperatures for long-term preservation

I am dehydrating fruits and vegetables with a home dehydrator. I found in the internet varying recommendations about dehydration temperatures, ranging from 45 to 65 C (113 to 150 F). However, since ...
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What to do with dehydrated potatoes tainted black?

I had many potatoes I wanted to preserve for a long time. Usually the potatoes I keep in my kitchen get rotten after a month or two (and I don't have a cellar to keep them cool), I decided to ...
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What is the most cost effective way at home to dehydrate nuts?

I have recently been looking to make some nut butters and one of the main things everyone talks about is soaking the nuts then dehydrating them. After googling all I can find out about is using the ...
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Dehydrating in a convection oven

How do I use the oven to dehydrate foods. Do I close the door or leave it open?
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Brining before dehydrating?

I dehydrate my own pressure cooked chicken for camping trips where I add them soups and stews. I cook the chicken in a pressure cooker (rather than baking it or poaching it) to make it more tender and ...
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dehydrating puree food

Can I dehydrate chicken cooked in water, purreed and mixed with purreed vegetables and mashed potatoes. Like a stew. Something that would be crisp like a chips then dissolve easily when eaten. All ...