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12-29-2006, 10:27 PM
Going from SAD to RAW on Jan 2. Recently purchased a Nesco dehydrator. It has a temp setting ranging from 95 degrees to 155 degrees.....and the book recommends blanching veggies before dehydrating. This does not conform to info I've read on this and other sites. Can anyone inform me how I should adapt recipes on this site to this hydrator. I suspect I want to keep the temp below 120 degrees and imagine I will have to keep dehydrator on for longer time periods but don't know exactly what temp and how long.
12-29-2006, 11:15 PM
Congrats on going raw! u want your dehydrator no higher than 115 of so, and yes, you may have recipes that require the dehydrator being on for up to 12 hours (i often just let it go overnite if i know it will take a long time.
you veggies dont need any blanching before dehydrating. as for the recipes on here, if they require a dehydrator, it will usually say at what temp and for how long and then you can adjust accordingly. ex: your bread might take longer to de hydrate than mine depending on exactly how u made it.
12-29-2006, 11:36 PM
I have one of those dehydrators ... the timing does vary ... just check on your item to test for *doneness* :)
I looked at the manual that came with it yet I just put it away and haven't looked at it since.
I do find, though, that I usually have to make 1/2 of a recipe that has to go on a "teflex" sheet.
LOL ... the first thing I tried were the flax seed crackers ... looking back I am so impressed that they didn't flow over the edge of my tray thing. In the end I had to split the cracker in half because they were so thick the cracker couldn't dry inside ... from then on I knew to start with 1/2 a recipe :eek:
The other thing I haven't done, yet, is order another one of those trays ... then I wouldn't have to make 1/2 recipe, I would split it between the two trays ...
I wish they had a tray that you could purchase that allows for taller stuff to go in there. When I made the Pesto Stuffed Mushrooms there were spaces between the trays because the mushrooms were taller than the height of the tray ... eventually it closed up yet the top of each mushroom had a criss-cross pattern on them ... and I had to be careful because if I just picked up a tray the mushroom stayed on the tray it was put on and the pesto stuck to the tray above it ... lol ... lol ... lol ...
12-30-2006, 06:44 AM
Thanks Girlsmiley & Fairygirl for the info. Where do you buy the teflex sheets? Hope I get this all together......never was much of a cook so don't know what my prospects are as a "raw chef!"
12-30-2006, 04:36 PM
I have the same dehydrator. I think the Teflex sheets are made for the Excalibur. The big round solid sheet that came with the one we have is used like Teflex. If you look in the book you can order more from there.
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