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Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dehyrdrating

   My husband bought me an Oster dehydrator a year ago this past Christmas.  I had wanted one forever but  after I got it, I never used it.  Never until this past week that is.  Finally opened her up and thought I'd see how it went.  Well, basically, we have been dehydrating non-stop.  We love it.  Just wanted to share some of it with you all.
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Mushrooms cut up and ready to go into the dehydrator.


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The dehydrated mushrooms.

   Dehydrated mushrooms can be re-hydrated in water or just pop them into soup, dressing, stew, sauce, or casserole and let them cook with the rest of the ingredients.


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The dehydrated oranges.
  Dehydrated oranges make a great snack.  They also can be cut up and put into a marmalade.  Or use them in a marinade for meat.  Put them in a stew, or toss one into your iced tea glass or hot tea glass.  Cook them in with some sweet potatoes or fish, or in your homemade bread, or even in a salad.  (Okay, I'm making myself hungry!)

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The bananas all cut up and put into the dehydrator. 
   Banana chips make such a great snack.  Yum!

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Dehydrated limes.
The lemons and limes can be tossed into a glass of water or tea for flavoring.  You can also add them to a soup for some extra flavoring.  Just be sure to remove it before you eat the soup because of the peel.  You can grind up the lemons for lemon powder or to make lemon pepper seasoning or use the powder in jams.  Or you can throw some into the crock-pot with your chicken for some extra "oomph".

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Dehydrated lemons. 
How do you like to eat/use your dehydrated food?



  If you are looking to buy a dehydrator, here is the link to the exact kind that I use.  I have had mine for 3 years and use it often and LOVE it and best yet, they are less than $40!  Oster dehydrator
 




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16 comments:

  1. I love the mushroom idea! I don't have a dehydrator and have thought about it, but hadn't come up with a worthwhile use for it yet. (Obviously to dehydrate, but I hope you know what I mean...lol!) Never thought about mushrooms and things like that. They go bad so quickly and the canned ones are yucky!

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    1. Jen, you can dehydrate in your oven also. Like I mentioned, I had my dehydrator a year before I ever used it because I kind of thought the same way you did but once you get started, it's addicting!

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  2. What fun. I just picked up a dehydrator from Goodwill and you've inspired me to get it out and experiment! :D

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    1. Marilyn, have you had a chance to dehydrate yet? If so, what all have you done?

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  3. Thank you for the great ideas! I did not know you could dehydrate citrus! Duh... :)

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    1. Elsa, just seen that you can do watermelon also. That one blows my mind because it has so much water in it but can't wait to try it.

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  4. I so want to get my hands on a dehydrator!!!!

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    1. Angell, keep your eyes out at garage sales or thrift stores. You can pick them up at them pretty cheap. Also, you can start off with a smaller size for about $35. That is what I have an Oster and it works great. Check out my store, link is on the tab at the top of the page.

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  5. Hey! I found you on Sew Many Ways. Then I followed you to Pinterest.
    I think we share a brain. haha.
    Love your pins.

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    1. Awesome. I appreciate that. Hope to see you around again!

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  6. Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!


    Cheers,
    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

    http://www.The-Chicken-Chick.com

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    1. Kathy, haven't linked up in a bit but hopefully can link up with you again next week. Please come link up with me on Monday.

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  7. Hello new friend! Stopping by from the Oldie but Goodie link party, and now following you on Pinterest. I have never tried dehydrating food, but I do love the results - and those lemons are so pretty!
    Have a great Tuesday!
    ang

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    1. Ang, thanks for stopping by. I do a weekly blog linkup that you can join on Monday if you like.

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  8. Neat! I've never owned a dehydrator and wondered if we might get some use out of one. Thanks for all the tips! I wonder...I bet it would be good for drying herbs too?

    Thanks so much for linking up to my Homemaking Linkup! Hope you're having a great week so far.

    Blessings,
    Mrs. Sarah Coller

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    1. Mrs. Sarah, yes, a dehydrator is awesome for drying herbs. I am doing that right now. Grow them fresh and dehydrate them.

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