Good Question: What Do I Do With a Dehydrator?

Adam is the proud owner of a dehydrator, and he wants some ideas for using it.

So, I finally convinced my better half that we had enough room in our kitchen to buy a dehydrator - mostly by concentrating on the steal of a deal and not the actual size of the monster Excalibur I found on Craigslist for $50.

I've never owned a dehydrator before, and don't even know how to use (seems pretty straightforward). What is a dehydrator best utilized for? Peak harvest season for fruits only? How long do the dehydrated foods keep? What about when fruits are not in season? So many questions! Any help from more advanced dehydrator-ers? Thanks!

Wow, Adam - I can't be of much use on this one; I don't have any personal experience with a dehydrator. But some things that immediately come to mind are your own dried fruit and vegetables chips, as well as homemade fruit leather. A glance at the Excalibur site lists some more good uses for a dehydrator:

• Drying pasta faster
• Drying bread for breadcrumbs
• Helping bread dough rise faster
• Drying food scraps to go in the composter

Readers - do you have experience with a dehydrator? What do you use it for?

Related: Tip: Drying Fruits And Vegetables In The Car

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