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I just bought a nine try dehydrator. Can I dehydrate different things on each tray or will the smells mix? Sandi.
Hi Sandi! Congrats on your new dehydrator! You can mix fruits with fruits, and veggies with veggies ... the only thing I wouldn't mix are onions and fruits ... unless you like your fruit tasting of onions! Onions are very odorous during dehydrating and I recommend having a window open and/or having a ventilation fan running (stove vent). Thanks for writing in!
Konrad posted on Facebook: Do you have to put a new oxypack in the jar each time you take some dried food out? Or once it's opened do you just seal it normally and use it until it's empty?
Hi Konrad, thanks for posting. When you store dehydrated foods in Mason jars, I use the same oxypack UNTIL you do NOT hear the popping of the lid when you remove the lid to take out some of the food. Depending on how often you open the jar and use its contents determines how long the oxypack will work for you.
The important thing is having one in there that has some "life" in it! Cheers, Susan
MamaMoons asks: How can I dehydrate my wild onions without a dehydrator? I also have no stove! Can I dry them on the windowsill like my Dandelion Roots?
When watching "Armageddon" on TV, I took away a few important things ... but the one that relates well to your predicament is they used their car! How? Read this page: After Armageddon. Thanks for posting MamaMoons!
After dehydrating apples I mix them with dehydrated pineapple, apricots, and pears. The next day the apples were soft-pliable (doesn't break-snap when bent). Is that bad?
Was that caused by those other fruits? Were they not dehydrated enough? They were dry, soft, and yummy. Please let me know ... I really appreciate it.
Ever since I started using my dehydrator (a year ago) I've lost 20lbs. I stay away from processed sugar, white rice, flour, and potatoes. Thanks, Terry.
Hi Terry! If you liked the fruit just the way they turned out (soft and yummy!) then do that!
However, if your intention is for long-term storage, then make sure they do have as much water taken out.
them in the dehydrator much longer. I do agree with you that they
varied in "doneness" due to the different water content in each fruit -
pears are very juicy!
There is a step called "conditioning". Check out the page and try this step next time and let us know if that did the trick for you.
What a great added bonus – yes – staying away from processed sugar etc. isn't easy for some folk but you have nailed it! Congrats on the 20lb weight loss! :-)
Laura posted on our "conditioning" page:
What is the best way to storage your dehydrated veggies for a longtime for a year or more, vacuum pack food saver bags or vacuum pack jars? In dark cool place?
Hi Laura! Thanks for posting. Personally, I prefer to vacuum seal food using the bags with the oxypack in them. When they're sealed – they're sealed! The Mason jars are great for daily/weekly use meaning it's easy to unscrew a lid to take out what you need, then screw the lid back on. And yes, we do still put an oxypack in the jars ... and when you do not hear the lid pop when you unscrew it, it means it's time to put a new oxypack in. Depending on how often you open the jar, your oxypack could last through three or four jar openings! Hope this answers your question re jars vs bags.
Three enemies of food: air, water, and light – so yes, keep in a cool dry place.
Laura, read this page: Storing Dehydrated Food for Long-Term Storage
You'll get more info. there too!
What is the best way to store bananas once they are dehydrated?
Hi Cindee, thanks for posting!
For long-term storage of bananas (and all dehydrated foods), please see our hub page which tells you how to vacuum-seal food.
It also covers storing foods in mason jars. Here is the link for the main storing food hub-page.
I hope this information helps you out.
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Hey there! When dehydrating apricots, is it necessary to add syrup or is there an alternative? Thanks
Hi J Spencer – thanks for writing in! There's no need to add syrup prior to dehydrating apricots - but, if you wish to add syrup when RE-hydrating, go ahead!