Yesterday, I told you about the electric food dehydrator I bought at a yard sale. I only paid $5.00 for it. I thought that was a pretty good price. I think it is going to pay for itself…and is well on the way to anyway.
I didn’t get a manual with this dehydrator—so naturally, I set out googling. I found out it is NLA (no longer available) so…
I spent a little bit of time at the computer yesterday. I read Kristina’s blog…@ Pioneer Woman at Heart and she has talked about dehydrating garlic and making garlic powder. I have tons of garlic that grows wild on our property. Elephant Garlic is what it is called. She has others things she has dried…lots of good information there. Not going to repeat any of it. I’m just copying some of that for starters. :)
I have plenty of garlic in the onion bin…so I decided to start there.
Had some carrots. I didn’t use all these some are going in a soup pot today…but I did want to try drying some.
I copied Kristina’s idea she had with cucumbers and coated these carrots in some spices before drying them.
1 and 1/2 trays of carrots
I also found some jalapenos in the fridge that needed to be eaten or frozen. So I popped those in the dehydrator too! (1/2 tray jalapeno)
I ended up with about 2 trays of garlic.
After about 6 hours in the dryer (I came up with amount of time by watching some You Tube videos) I’m not sure what the book would have you do…so I’m just guessing and experimenting.
This is what I ended up with in the end.
About 1/4 cup dried jalapeno and about the same for the carrots (they smelled so good, too) I tossed them with Cayenne pepper, Paprika, and salt.
I tried rolling the garlic with a rolling pin in the plastic bag (the cloudy jalapeno bag) But then I remembered I could use my grand mother’s CHINOIS …thanks Elaine @Friday is Pizza, Monday is Soup… and she posted about this little piece of gadgetry here and gave it a name for me!) Also, she has been posting along with the ::31 Days:: Series and has posted some very interesting facts about Apples.
So…grinding the dried garlic in the chinois… I came up with about 1/4 cup of garlic powder!
Which I needed.
And would have to drive to town for it.
…and probably spend more money!
So… my $5 dehydrator…has pretty much paid for itself already!!! :D
Don’t you just love a good deal?
I’m interested in drying meats too. Jerky would be great. I hear you can dry potatoes, tomatoes, sauces for powders, etc.
I would love to do fruit—for trail mix, preservation, roll-ups (though my trays are all slotted) I think I can come up with a way to do all this. I think this little machine will certainly help with the food budget. I mean, I don’t mind sharing with the birds, squirrels or chickens… but I’d rather eat the produce myself! Not to mention…sometimes the produce goes into the compost. :(
That’s not very frugal.
Ok… Feel free to share any and all dehydrating tips with the newbie dehydrator. I am open to suggestions—if you might know where I might find an instruction booklet or if you have a recipe you can let me know.
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