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Thank you for all the tips. I have been using a dehydrator for years but just to make beef, venison and other meat jerky. I am starting to see all the potential. I have also used a food saver for many years we have lots of wild game and I raise rabbits.
My question is why use Mylar bags when you have them placed in a food saver bag?
Thanks again, Carolyn
Hi there Carolyn, thanks for taking time to write in!
The reason for the Mylar bag use is to store three to four of your vacuum-sealed pouches in one Mylar bag for LONG-TERM food storage. Many folk like to make sure they have plenty of food stored away "just in case" ... Please note that we don't vacuum the air out of the Mylar bag, we only seal the Mylar bag.
Glad to see that you're seeing that there's more to dehydrating and thanks again for your question.
Dilip from India wrote to us to ask this: My query is regarding drying of grapes for raisin making. Can we separate the grape berry from stem before drying? Will not this affect on quality of raisin produced?
Hello there Dilip,
Thanks for taking time to write to us regarding making raisins. We do take the grapes off the stems and then rinse them. To speed up the dehydrating process, cut the grapes in half, cut-side facing up on the dehydrator so they don't drip to the tray below, and you're set to dehydrate the grapes. If you haven't already seen our page on grapes, please visit that here.
As far as I can see, removing the grape from the stems shouldn't affect the quality of the raisins.
I want to dehydrate fruit but some say it's not very healthy for the teeth and gums and second they say your stomach has to work harder digesting dehydrated foods. I got this info from Doug Graham's book, "801010". Your thoughts please. - Thanks, John
Hi John, those are great questions and I highly respect Dr Graham and I wouldn't discount what he says. Let's face it, all sugary foods are bad for us in many ways.
The reason we're dehydrating fruit (and veggies) is to have some food "put away - just in case" ...
For me, the best way to eat dehydrated veggies is to re-hydrate them and incorporate them in recipes, like soups. You could re-hydrate the fruit, but who doesn't enjoy raisins from grapes, and dried banana chips?
John, because I'm not a doctor, my answers are the best I can offer you.
I found your article after I threw my green beans on my dehydrator before I read about blanching them first. How will this affect the quality of my green beans? Will it work at all? I know now for next time. BTW love the site, but I can't handle any more mail in my mailbox. I have you in my book marks -- Thank you, Beth
Hi Beth, blanching does two things, first it protects the bright colors of vegetables (and fruits); second it helps break up the outer fibers thereby enabling the drying process to work better.
Thank you so much for the kind words about our website -- and I know what you mean about getting "too much email!"
PS - Don't worry about the beans you have done already, no major damage occurred — just remember to re-hydrate them properly as they are totally inedible (IMHO) in dehydrated form (you could break a tooth on 'em!).
What if I don't have a vacuum machine? Can I just keep the dehydrated squash in a Tupperware container? Thanks - Edward
Hi Edward, you can keep your foods in mason jars - a Tupperware container could work for a couple of weeks but that depends on how many times you're taking the lid on and off ... note that plastic containers tend to take on the odors of food — another thing to consider. Go with mason jars ... they're not too expensive. If you want to keep the food for long-term storage, then please add an oxygen absorber in the jar!
Thanks for asking Edward!