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Questions tagged [drying]

The process of drying food (for example fruits or meat) in order to preserve it.

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how to dry out flavored sugar

Hi I just wanted to know how to dry out flavored sugar, I flavored some regular white sugar with flavoring essence but it got damp, since where I'm from its hard to get these types of sugar so I was ...
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White efflorescence on home-dried prunes

After a year or so of storage in ZipLoc bags in the fridge, my home-dried prunes have developed a bit of whitish crust. At first I thought it was mold, but it seems like a crystalline efflorescence, ...
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How to ensure rice from rice cooker becomes dry?

I'm adding 1.5 cups of water for 1 cup of basmati rice to my rice cooker. I don't think the amount is the problem. It's not very watery but it can feel a little watery(which probably isnt an issue ...
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How do I get my home-popped popcorn to be as dry as bagged popcorn?

When using an air popper to pop popcorn, it never seems fully dry as the healthier bagged popcorn from Smartfood, Skinny Pop, etc. Before putting any toppings on the air-popped corn, I taste some of ...
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DIY herb preservation

My (garden) pot is overflowing with oregano. How can I preserve it to use later? Is it possible to preserve rosemary not in fat - butter or oil? If I have to use oil, what kind has the least inherent ...
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How to tell the difference between sugar crystals and mold in dried fruit?

I am making dried pears and I noticed that there are some white lumps on the surface of the fruit: This resource says that this phenomenon may occur in figs and that it is sugar crystallizing. ...
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Why dry steak/meat/chicken/fish before cooking on a stove?

For most recipes the instructions for cooking a steak on a stove say "pat the steak dry" then cook on the stove. The drying instructions I have also seen for chicken and fish. Why dry steak/meat/...
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How to dehydrate chili at home?

Chilies have different temperatures for dehydration. Does anyone knows what temperature to use for Tabasco and Habanero? And the duration of the process?
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How to keep flies away from curing meat

I am in the process of making pinnekjøtt and skerpikjøt, two types of air-dried lamb (salted and unsalted, respectively). I am aware of the risks, not only of bacterial contimination, but also of fly ...
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Is there a special way to dry bread out to make breadcrumbs?

I have a recipe for making Italian Breadcrumbs. If I leave the bread out on the counter it molds before it dries enough. I thought making breadcrumbs would be a great way to use some of my homemade ...
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Can I reuse dessicant?

I was wondering if I could reuse dessicants from storebought goods. I throw a lot of dessicant packets in the bin from seaweed (dried). I also found some in packets of tortillas, but threw them in the ...
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Drying fruits with a household dehydrator

I have a "small" household dehydrator, it is similar to this one: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Food_dehydrator#/media/File:Tomato_in_food_dehydrator.jpg Now, I've tried to dry fruits (mainly ...
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How do you dry fruit slices in a humid environment?

In a humid environment, with an abundance of fruit at certain times of the year, what is the best method for drying fruit slices for later use? I don't want to use any type of equipment that needs ...
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What exactly are dried anchovies?

As the question states. Have these been cooked in any way or just dry cured with salt etc? If I want to make my own dried anchovies, how do I do it?
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Drying fatty meat in food dehydrator - is it okay for short time consumption?

Well, I bought a food dehydrator. Every site told me to dry only lean meat, and so I did until now. However I was thinking of drying some ham in larger chunks to hopefully get sort of prosciutto ...
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How much citric acid powder to use when preparing fruit for drying

I am preparing prune plums for drying and want to keep them from discoloring.
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How to dry Eucalyptus leaves (to later on make herbal tea from)?

I recently collected Eucalyptus leaves that I'd like to dry out to later on make herbal tea from. I've cleaned the leaves and scattered them on a grid, but I'm wondering if there are fast techniques ...
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Fire in hot air oven [closed]

We are setting our hot air oven 130 degree Celsius.Unfortunately oven was fired and all the products (wheat flour) are burnt.What is the reason for this type of fire?
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How do you dry homemade pasta so that it stays straight?

I did a big batch of homemade pasta (linguini) with stand mixer + pasta cutter attachment. But they all warped during the 24h drying process. I then need a huge bag to store them as they take up a lot ...
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Better way of getting out excess water/oil from food other than paper towels?

There have been a lot of recipes where I've had to use a bunch of paper towels to get the excess liquid out (making bacon to get out the excess fat, when you're frying foods and want them to be dry). ...
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How do you dry wet brown sugar clumps?

I have seen many people having problem with dry clumps of brown sugar, while I am having a problem of wet clumps of brown sugar. The sugar is in very moist clumps. Is there a way to dry it out to make ...
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What cheese to use for homemade Sicilian pizza so it does not dry in the oven?

I followed the recipe from Serious Eats to make Sicialian Pizza at home. http://www.seriouseats.com/recipes/2011/01/easy-no-roll-no-stretch-sicilian-style-square.html Everything was good except for ...
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Can I infuse my own raisins?

I quite like lime-infused raisins (like these), but they're kind of pricey compared to regular raisins. Are they made by some process I can emulate at home? Is it just a matter of soaking and then ...
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How can I best dry homemade extruded pasta?

I've been experimenting with extruded pasta. I want to try to dry it so I don't necessarily have to make it the same day as cooking it. Once extruded, how long should I leave it out to dry? ...
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Drying whole, small fish at home

As part of my ongoing experiments with whole small fish (sardine, smelts, small mackerel), I'm considering drying them at home to produce concentrated umami bombs. However, I'm admittedly less than ...
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How to dry a fish for grill

Whenever I grill a fish (red snapper), even after grilling for a recommended grill time (about 10 to 15 mins), it comes out no less juicy compared to when it was put to grill. And when put in a plate, ...
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How to dry out rehydrated dried mangos?

I have been making spiced dried mangoes lately by purchasing a package of dried mangoes, placing them into a bowl, splashing some lime juice on them, and then adding paprika, cayenne, ancho, and ...
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Using Cheesecloth for Pancetta

I am making pancetta for the first time and I've just taken it out of the cure to dry. I have rolled it and am ready to hang it. Before I hang it, what are the pros and cons of wrapping it in ...
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What to do with dried vegetables that feel like a chewing gum?

Several months ago I dried some vegetables, mainly cabbage and carrot. I cut them to thin small slices using a slicer, dried them in about 50 C, and stored in glass jars. Now, I opened the jars and ...
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How to dry fruits without sunlight or a dehydrator?

I need to dry amla (Indian gooseberry). I live in India so we get plenty of sunlight but I live in the city and it's very dusty outside, so I can't leave fruits out, otherwise they'll be covered in ...
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How to prevent meatballs from drying out when I substitute a lean meat?

The meat in question that I use would be ground turkey, though this could apply for any leaner ground meat used to replace beef. This would also be more for recipes such as turkey burgers and ...
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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 to dry fruit peels without growing mold?

I'm trying to dry citrus peels in a jar (I don't want to leave them indefinitely on the counter) without much luck. Any suggestions?
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Dry sous vide steak

How do I stop my sous vide steak drying out? I have tried various temperatures and times from 55°C to 60°C and from 40 minutes to 4 hours. The colour and texture changes but the meat is always too dry ...
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Do tea-like drinks typically require the plant material be dried or processed?

Many of the plants in my garden have leaves or flowers that are, in various places, described as being good for making a herbal tea. A couple of examples are lemon balm leaves (Melissa officinalis) ...
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How does baking temperature affect kale chips?

My ideal for kale chips would be to have the kale remain as green as possible, be crispy, but not have a burnt flavor. In kale chip recipes around the internet, the cooking temperature varies wildly,...
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Drying Picked Beans (Scarlet Runners)

My wife just harvested our first batch of beans and is wanting to dry them, so that we may use them for cooking goodness. How can we dry the beans once they have been picked? Most of what I've found ...
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How to soften diced meat that was has had too much of its juices leave from being cooked too long?

I have a bad habit of wanting to over cook meat on the frying pan. It's from a phobia that any juices or red/pink coloring inside the meat may contain bacteria/germs etc. So when I cook diced meat on ...
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Which parts of fresh Fenugreek am I supposed to throw off before attempting to dry them out completely?

The fresh Fenugreek which I bought contains: - long stems - green leaves - yellow leaves I wish to know what parts of fresh Fenugreek am I supposed to throw off before attempting to place them ...
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What is the procedure to dry out Fenugreek leaves?

It is winter here. I wish to purchase lots of fresh Fenugreek leaves and then dry them out for later use. Questions: What procedure should be followed to dry them out in winter as fast as possible ...
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How do you dry homemade lollipops so that they are no longer sticky?

I made homemade lollipops and they are set, but still sticky. How can I dry them, or what I can do so that when I wrap them they won't stick to the wrappers?
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Can a convection microwave be used to dry fruit

My wife has been wanting a dehydrator and our conventional microwave just went up. I did some research and found a new breed of microwave that I was previously unaware of, namely, the convection ...
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How do you dry herbs?

We've had a container-based herb garden on our deck all summer, which has been wonderful. Unfortunately, the weather is predicted to hit freezing in the next week or so, and now I'm looking for ways ...
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Is it safe to keep dried out egg noodles?

I've read a few sites explaining how to dry your noodles, and I know the store bought ones are not made with eggs. I tried experimenting with no-egg noodles though and they just came out too gummy. ...
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How to dry homemade pork sausages with proper humidity and temperature?

I am new to this and am attempting to dry some pork sausages. I was told to add a quarter pound of salt for every ten pounds of pork meat, which I did (I used ordinary table salt). I have the sausages ...
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Freeze-drying fruit at home?

Is it possible to freeze-dry fruit at home without expensive special equipment (or get the same dryness otherwise)? Especially I want to get the fruit to the crisp dryness1 of freeze-dried fruit ...
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Can I preserve fresh potato gnocchi by drying it?

I have a lot of potatoes to use, and I am making a large batch of Gnocchi. I plan to freeze much of it, but I was wondering if it's also possible to dry the fresh Gnocchi and store in a sealed ...
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Sun Drying Tomatoes

Sorry if this seems obvious, but is there a method to making your own sun-dried tomatoes or is it really as simple as leaving them out in the sun? How long should it take to reach the proper "dryness"?...
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How do I make dried blueberries?

How do you make dried blueberries? Can I use an oven? Is there a proper technique or do I just bake them on low for a few hours?
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What are the herbs that “dry” the best?

Some fresh herbs seem to retain their flavor better than others when dried; for example, dried parsley has very little flavor, but dried tarragon tastes reasonably close to fresh tarragon. Which ...