I finally got a dehydrator. I decided to get an Excalibur 9-tray because I found one in my local classifieds for about half price. 200$ CAD for a used-10-times 9-tray with timer, plus 2 fruit leather sheets. If I was to buy one from a store or online I’d probably get the 5-tray, just based on how I’m using it so far. I only use about 5 trays at a time.
My first attempt to dehydrate anything was spaghetti sauce (pictured top). I really want to experiment with dehydrating meals to bring with me for camping or traveling. I spread about 2 cups of chunky spaghetti sauce on one fruit-leather tray. I set it to 145F for 10 hours and it worked really well! It seemed like fruit leather that broke up easily once it was done.
The first re-hydration experiment went really well (pictured below). I put the brittle sauce pieces in a small saucepan with about 3/4 cup water. I put it on the stove over low heat and it turned into spaghetti sauce (after mixing it a bit) in just a couple minutes. I hope to try it again using only boiled hot water, since I may not have a stove-top or microwave when traveling.
I also starting dehydrating my soaked nuts and they are sooo good! I usually make walnuts, hazelnuts and pumpkin seeds. I ordered some pecans and macadamias from online to try soon, should get them in about a week.
I’m having way too much fun with this thing!
I love my dehydrator! I have never tried the spaghetti sauce though. I had read about it in one of Mary Bell's books, but wasn't sure how well it would work. Sounds like it's worth trying.
Aren't the nuts delicious? My daughters eat them right off the tray while they are still warm, before I can even bottle them up! The spaghetti sauce idea is fantastic. I'm hoping we can grow some organic tomatoes this year and make our own from scratch rather than using bought tomatoes (which aren't half as good!)
So happy to have found your blog. We follow a similar diet for autoimmune disorders.
I am looking for help dehydrating and reconstituting the SCD purÃ©es and purÃ©ed soups. Any guidance?