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I have a Nesco dehydrator and it only has one setting for drying. Can I just dehydrate mushrooms longer? I'm new to food preservation and am still learning. Thanks Emilee.

Hi Emilee, as you know from reading about mushrooms on "the mushroom page" that they need to be dehydrated at a lower temperature.

One way (off the top of my head) is to only have one, or two, trays of mushrooms going at a time BUT put in a whole lot more empty trays (like six, or eight) so that there's more space (meaning the air might not be as warm due to quantity of trays versus only having the four-tray minimum (per the manufacturer's instructions).  Put the mushrooms at the bottom IF your fan is in the lid at the top.  (If your fan is at the bottom, then put the mushrooms at the top, bearing in mind that heat rises, though ...)

Basically, try the above - and let us know if it worked out for you, fingers crossed!






Hi what about dehydrating yellow squash?  I have so many I'd hate to see it go to waste, I've tried freezing it, but didn't like that very well.  Thanks, Brenda

Hi Brenda – thanks for writing in!

Treat your yellow squash the same as zucchini ...  Hope this helps! :-)


From: Vera. Didn't see anything on lettuce ... Is it possible to dehydrate it too and it still have the same nutrients and flavor?

Hi Vera!  Yes, you can dehydrate lettuce – rinse to make sure the leaves are clean. If you are concerned about 'even drying,' then remove the thicker pieces at the base of the leaf before drying – other than that, you're good to go! Try dehydrating all varieties, especially the darker lettuce varieties which contain even more vitamins and minerals. Another way to use your leaves after dehydrating is the blend them to make powder which you can add to your 'green' smoothies! :-)


Juliet wrote in to ask "How do I dry fresh figs?"

Here's how to dehydrate figs: First we need to remove their skins and the easiest way is the blanch them in boiling water for half a minute and plunge them into an ice bath immediately after. You should then be able to peel/rub the skins off.

Next, slice them evenly if the figs are large (keep the thickness uniform for even drying).

Arrange on your dehydrator trays and dehydrate at the usual fruit setting of 135°F. Like most fruits, depending on their water content, can take anywhere from 8 hours to over a day to dehydrate. They will be pliable like an apricot when "done".

Do the conditioning step, and then vacuum seal and pack away your goodies!

Thanks for writing in, Juliet!


Bonnie wrote in to ask: Do the jars need to be sterilized before you add dehydrated meats, vegetables, or fruits?  I am new to this.

Hi Bonnie!  That is an excellent question - and the answer is "yes". What you need to do is follow the info in this link from Food Preservation:

How-To-Sterilize-Canning-Jars

To be honest, this is why I prefer using vacuum sealer food storage bags over jars. Less fuss. Easier to do.

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Sue posted on Facebook: "Can you use parchment paper to hold the corn on the tray? As you can tell, I am brand new to dehydrating!"

Hi Sue, yes, you can use parchment paper but it will mean having the dehydrator on even longer. To be honest, those plastic sheets that sit on top of the trays are really not expensive at all (just make sure you get the right size for your model dehydrator). The sheets are also good for sticky items (grapes = raisins). Thanks for posting.


Christine posted this on the site: Just started working with my dehydrator and was wondering if I could place wood chips inside for a smoky apple taste. Any thoughts or experience with this?

Hi Christine, that sounds like a plan to me! Soak the wood first, then see what happens. If you would be so kind, take photos and let us know how your dehydrated food turned out! We'd love to feature your "test." Thanks for posting. Susan.


Thanks for a wonderful site, since I'm new to dehydrating, I'm learning so much!  However, I do have a question maybe you could help with ... I am wondering is there a recipe for V8 juice using all dehydrated veggies?  I just don't know if it will clump all together once added to water, would it need to be heated first and what would be the ingredient amounts?  Any tips?

Hope I'm not duplicating a question & I missed it, sorry if that's the case.
Thank you for any help and keep up the good work on a great site!

Hi Linda! Thanks for your kind words of support for the site :-)

I don't have a V8 substitute, but I do have a great recipe that is for a juicer: 2 celery sticks, 2 carrots, 1 apple, and 1 tomato. You won't believe how good this tastes.

To replicate this, we could dehydrate the veggies, see my individual pages on the veggies and the apple. When they are all completely dehydrated, we could grind them all up in a blender (or one of the smaller turbo-blender machines). We can then put the powder/granules into our vacuum sealer bags along with an oxypack and seal it up, and put it away.

To re-hydrate, just open the packet and add good water (distilled or the equivalent) and stir! But hey, heated up would make great soup!

I have not done this, so I do not know the consistency of the mixed veggie and apple powder when re-hydrated, and I don't know the ratio of water to powder either. Sounds like a great experiment to me, and if you beat me to it, please write back and we'll post your findings!

Pages for the above idea: celery  •  carrots  •  tomato  •  apple


Hi. I looked on your website for instructions for making fruit leather out of Hachiya persimmons. I could not find it. Can you point me in the right direction?
Thank you so much. I love your information. Have a great day! – Susan E.

Hi Susan! Thanks for the kind words. Regarding making fruit leather out of your astringent persimmons, make sure they are fully ripe otherwise they have a chalky/bitter taste. If you suspect yours might be on the bitter side, add your persimmons to bananas (in the blender). Try this out and let us know how they turned out! Follow the instructions for "fruit leathers" in general at this page: Dehydrating Fruit Rolls






Denise in Herts, UK wrote in to ask: Can you dry yoghurt? I love yoghurt snacks, and would like to be able to dry my own. Thanks!

Hi Denise!  Thanks for contacting us. Yes, you can indeed dehydrate yogurt (yoghurt) – just spread it out like you would when making fruit roll ups/leathers. Follow this page's instructions for fruit roll ups/leathers.



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