Thanks to the reduced to clear bins/shelves at Walmart and the local Kins market, I have had my dehydrator going full bore for weeks now with no end in sight!
So far I have dried: oranges, cantaloupe, pineapple, various fruit leathers, mushrooms, apples, kiwi, strawberry, pears, red cabbage, potatoes and snap peas. I did splurge and go to Costco for some steaks to make beef jerky and a tray of pork chops for pork jerky.
Currently I have sliced tomatoes with parmesan cheese/spaghetti spice mixture on top.
With summer just starting, I am looking forward to dehydrating many more things. I have 4 plants of parsley planted and 3 plants of chives… which once they take and get going will provide me with lots of material to dry over the summer which will do me through the winter.
I had a big dehydrator when I first moved down here that had 12 trays and of course after 10 years of not using it I gave it away… now, 5 years later I had to get a newer one. Which is okay. This one has a temperature gauge, and a timer which the old one didn’t, so sometimes upgrading to the newer model is a good thing. The one that I currently have is a Hamilton Beach 32100 C model with 5 trays. I am very happy with it, but will want to buy 4 more fruit leather trays and 4 more herb drying trays. It comes with one tray each but that won’t be enough for me…:) I did some research on the various dehydrators and for what I will need it for the Hamilton-Beach is exactly what I needed. It has a 5 year warranty. If you are wanting to attempt dehydrating be careful… you might get addicted! hahaha… don’t over buy a machine that does way more that what your family may need. Check out warranties, ease of use and how many watts it has. The timer and temperature gauge is really handy as I can put things on at night and it will automatically shut off when the timer runs out. I am really loving it.