Jeff got me a dehydrator for Christmas this year. I know, we are so romantic, but really, I don't do frou-frou! I am mostly all about practicality, and I actually asked for the dehydrator.
I have been making granola, but that's about it so far. Until last night. I usually buy a five pound bag of carrots from Sam's every other week, but I decided to start buying two bags and dehydrating one for our long-term storage.
I diced up all five pounds and put them on waxed paper on all five racks of the dehydrator. After about 7-8 hours THIS is what I had.
The whole process was rather easy. I cut the ends, scrapped and diced the carrots. They were then blanched for about 3 minutes, before I spread them out on the dehydrator trays. I slept while they were in the dehydrator! Then this morning I took them out and weighed them. Five pounds of carrots became.......6 ounces of dehydrated carrots. Amazing! I hope to keep on with the carrots, but also do potatoes and onions and maybe even a few more veggies. I can toss a hand full of the dehydrated food into the soup pot for a very simple meal.
Have you tried dehydrating? I will be doing yogurt in the dehydrator this afternoon. I found the recipe in Nourishing Traditions. I hope to do 4 quarts. I'll let you know how that turns out next week!