My husband just built me a solar food dehydrator. For some reason I'm feeling a little bit intimidated by it, and I can't figure out what types of stuff I should put in it. (I read meat was a no go for safety - thoughts?). And after I dehydrate said fruits and veggies, what should I do with them? I can't find a good answer on how to store them or how long they will be edible. Help please!
Solar?!! I am so jealous!
Check out the Excalibur website for great how to videos with about every food you can imagine. She's a little nutty in her methods and clearly a type A personality (and probably a Virgo to boot!) but she explains things very well. She will answer most of your questions.
My favorites are fruits. Bananas, strawberries and cantaloupe come out like candy. Well they sort of are candy at that point but natural candy, lol.
I store mine in glass jars (that I save up from other things) or zip lock baggies. One trick that is a life saver is after you take your produce out (you are pretty sure it's done) stick it all in a baggie and zip it closed. Wait an hour or so. If you see ANY moisture you know your stuff's not done and back into the dehydrator it must go. If you see no moisture you know you're good to go and can package it away for storage.
I love dehydrating all kinds of things. I have two American Harvest dehydrators, which I double stack with only one electrical unit, and I picked up a vintage Excalibur at Salvation Army for $6, after eyeballing them for a long time and planning on shelling out the cash for new. Anyway, I love tomatoes, peppers of any kind or color, celery, mushrooms, cauliflower, cabbage and all kinds of things dehydrated, especially if I buy or grow something I can't consume all by myself, so I can store it and not waste it.
Keep in mind if you do things like onions, they'll stink up the whole house.
I just asked a question on an unrelated forum about what I can possibly do with all of the leftover summer squash (zucchini) I will probably end up with from my veggie garden, and i was told that thinly sliced, any kind of squash in the dehydrator is very tasty and satisfying. I've had Terra Chips (a US brand of chips from beets, yams and all kinds of things) and love them, so I'm pretty turned onto the idea of making something similar, possibly seasoning with garlic and herbs, and vacuum sealing them for a later time to enjoy them.
I guess storage isn't very paleo, but we did develop our big brains for something, including storage options poor Grok didn't have.
My husband built a solar dehydrator a few years ago. It rocks!
It's been too rainy and cold to do any drying this year and last year the Plums (our favorite) were non-existant.
We usually dry fruit in ours. Prunes (aka Italian plums) are the freakin' BOMB! We dry ours harder than the "prunes" you can get at the store. They are so delicious. Cherries are even better.
Strawberries and blueberries dry fairly well.
Don't bother drying raspberries, they turn into little cardboard nuggets.
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