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PostPosted: Fri 01 Mar , 2019 11:06 pm 
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I used to. Why?

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PostPosted: Fri 01 Mar , 2019 11:30 pm 
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I'm thinking of getting one. A guy at work gave me a bag of dried beef chunks for my dogs that he said he made at a fraction of the price you would pay for for a comparable bag of treats from the pet shop.

And then I also thought of doing my own dried fruit - home-made dried apricots, raisins, and such-like. And at the end of summer, I could dry all the herbs left on the plants outside. I'm sure a dried basil leaf would keep a lot more flavour than those dried crushed leaves you get from the shops.

Why did you stop using yours?

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PostPosted: Mon 11 Mar , 2019 7:21 pm 
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I've got a food dehydrator, too. We hardly ever use it, though. It's just not a priority for me and there's only so much time in a day. The next time we have a bunch of beef, I plan on putting some up as jerky. My husband loves that stuff.

I did dry a bunch of jerky for the dogs once, but I didn't get it dry enough and it eventually molded. The dogs ate it anyway, though. :help:


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PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar , 2019 4:10 pm 

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I dried a bunch of oregano in mine this summer. I needed to buy some and I was overrun with the fresh stuff outside, so I thought "why not?" It turned out fine, but I have to say it was a quite a bother, between washing all the tiny herbs and then crumbling them after the dehydrator. It takes a lot of fresh herbs to make just a little bit of dried.
And it was no more flavorful than the oregano you buy in a shop.



I've done other things, too, mostly fruits and vegetables. I can't seem to get the tomatoes right, though. They end up hard and crispy. I assume I've been cutting them too thin.


As far as basil, I just freeze it in ice cube trays with a little water. But I'm less likely to want just a pinch of it and I don't use it as often as oregano.

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PostPosted: Tue 12 Mar , 2019 8:21 pm 
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I've read that microwave is good for drying herbs. Has anyone tried it?

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