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Can you dehydrate breads and sun burgers in the 4 tray? - Ericka

Hi Ericka - You can pretty much dehydrate ANYTHING that contains water in a dehydrator. I'm not sure why you'd want to dehydrate bread though? Regarding the Sun(shine)? burgers?

If they're completely vegetable/veg protein, then sure - give them a try.

Dehydrate on the vegetable setting - try doing one and see how it turns out ... then re-hydrate it. Post back if it works out for you so others can learn from this too!

Thanks for posting!






From Angela: I'm looking at your dehydrated apricots instructions and it doesn't say the ratio of apricots needed to the syrup. How many pounds of apricot will that syrup mixture do?

Hi Angela, while this isn't the exact answer you need, it depends on the size of your apricots ... you may have to make more syrup as you go along. I'd start out with about four or five halved apricots and see how you go.  You can always add more to the syrup – or make more syrup as need be! Thanks for posting Angela!


Question about limes! I have several to dehydrate but aside from making my own lime salt and lime pepper, what other uses are there? - Thanks, Dawn

Hi Dawn, you can grind up dehydrated lemons and lime and use them as flavorings in soups and in baking! Thanks for posting!


Can you dehydrate chestnuts? If so, how do you store/preserve them? How long will they last?

Great question regarding drying chestnuts! You can dry chestnuts either shelled or unshelled, but the shelled way will cut down on drying time.

Use a lower temperature setting, around 100°F - and it may take a couple of days. Add an extra day to the drying time if you go the unshelled route.

Chestnuts will be quite hard when fully dehydrated. Store them in vacuum-sealed pouches along with an oxygen absorber and you can enjoy them for months.  You can re-hydrate them too later on. Use quality water!

Thanks for taking time to write in Mike!


I read somewhere that my 9 tray parrallax can expand to 15 trays?  Is that true? -- Andree

Hi Andree, the dehydrator brand that uses Parallexx sheets are the Excalibur dehydrators. As far as I know, you cannot stack extra trays on top of an Excalibur machine. However, with a Nesco dehydrator, you can add extra trays.

I hope that answers your question!  Cheers, Susan


I have carrots, onions and celery that we have dehydrated and just put in zip-lock bags and jars with out the oxy packs.

I am going to order them and was wondering if we have left the veggies too long without them and have shortened their shelf life very much. Thanks for your answer - Janis.

Hi Janis, glad to hear that you have been that great trio of veggies. My question to you is how much have you done? In other words, would it be too costly for you to simply start afresh with new fresh foods?

I'm of the thought: "If in doubt, don't" and by that I mean if you have any concern at all as to how long you've had your food hanging around that wasn't in vacuum-sealed bags, then personally I'd use up what you have on-hand.

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Start afresh with vacuum-sealer bags and oxygen absorbers (for long-term storage). Better to be on the "safe side." Thanks for taking time to write in.


I would like to store dried fruits in jars because they go so quickly in my house! Do I need to re-vacuum every time it's opened? -- Sheri

Hi Sheri,

When you store your dried fruit in the Mason jars, there's no need to re-vacuum every time you open it ... so long as you intend to eat up the fruit within a week or so (and that doesn't sound like a problem in your household!)

If you were keeping the fruit for months in Mason jars UNopened, then I would put in an oxygen absorber. But for even longer storage, consider using plastic vacuum-sealer bags. More on that here.






I have an old (like ancient) brown Ronco dehydrator that I'm using strictly for making chicken jerky for pet treats. For each batch, I spray the trays with Pam or a generic version of. Since it was just dog food, I didn't wash em after every batch; just now and then. Now they have a LOT of gunky built-up spray residue. Is there any way to get them clean now? I tossed 'em in the dishwasher but it didn't get the gunk off. Maybe oven cleaner?

Also, Santa brought me a 2nd dehydrator; a brand new Red Head 8-tray, I'm using it for everything except pet treats. I do a lot of fruits and veggies. Is there any other way to stop foods like bananas from sticking to the trays? Any secrets that don't involve oily spray? I usually spray my trays with Pam or a generic version of Pam when I am drying sticky foods. Thank you for your help. I appreciate your time and knowledge :o} -- Donna K.

Hi Donna! First, I loved your email - very festive!  Though I know cleaning trays is NOT a festive job! Have you considered using sheets (like the Nesco brand have ... they are like an open mesh). They are made purposely for the job of stopping food from sticking to the trays ... but hey, such is life.

Another thing to try: simply soak your trays in your kitchen sink in soapy dish-washing liquid and hot water. Leave 'em there for as long as you can! If you can't fit them in your sink, do you have a spare bathtub you could "take over"? Find a stiffish brush (non-metallic) and go at it! I've found that the soaking works wonders. But I do also use the non-stick sheets - check out Amazon - see if they have them for your models of dehydrators!

Would you like to share your pet treats with us? I'd really appreciate that! I'd make you up a full page on the site, with all credit given to you! Take pictures next time you make a batch, and describe well what you are doing! A photo or two of your pets eating them would also be good -- :-)

Again, for the bananas (and other sticky stuff), try using parchment paper (yes, it stops the air flow a bit ... but). Give that a try.

Thanks so much for writing to me - I appreciate you taking the time to do that. Now, forward and onward with your pet treat making - and send it along to us!  Have a super 2016 - it's mandatory Donna!

UPDATE: Please check out Donna's pages -- all about her dehydrated pet jerky!

Dog Treats by Donna and Liver Dog Treats by Donna



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