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Old 07-25-2015, 02:38 PM
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

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Thank you so much for this post. I LOVE this! It's so warm here in Florida and my kids are in an outdoor during the day.

Question: apx. how long does it take to dehydrate a tray?
You dehydrate more than a tray at a time, but it usually takes between 18-20 hours at 110 degrees. You could dehydrate at a higher heat, quicker but you loose nutritional value.
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

Convection ovens can also be used as a dehydrator. This is a great thread, I may need to try this with a bit of chop. Phoebe isn't taking to the chop I made, but I'm having to thaw it.
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

This looks like a great variety option...
I just went to amazon and found a dehydrator that looks ok for my purposes... (Only bird food lol)...
I wonder if Chiqui will eat it as a dehydrated salad type option? It looks like it's very finely done in your pictures. (Like an herb salad I guess?)
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

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Convection ovens can also be used as a dehydrator. This is a great thread, I may need to try this with a bit of chop. Phoebe isn't taking to the chop I made, but I'm having to thaw it.
My convection oven only goes down to 150 degrees, but I have heard you can dehydrate in them too.
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

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This looks like a great variety option...
I just went to amazon and found a dehydrator that looks ok for my purposes... (Only bird food lol)...
I wonder if Chiqui will eat it as a dehydrated salad type option? It looks like it's very finely done in your pictures. (Like an herb salad I guess?)
My juicer has a blank insert that basically turns it into a grinder. It's similar to the consistency of ground meat when it comes out. You can also use a food processor, but you'd have to do in small batches to ensure even consistency (which is very important when dehydrating). Cutting THAT much chop that fine by hand would probably be....tedious to say the least

And for dehydrating chop or sliced fruit/veg, the 'regular' dehydrators do just fine I just use mine for bigger things like pizza crusts and veggie burgers, so I need the different "style". As for eating it, Kiwi will eat it dry and re-hydrated, though I usually serve re-hydrated. He really seems to like this batch, it has some of his favorite veg in it, broccoli, beets, tomatoes
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

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Convection ovens can also be used as a dehydrator. This is a great thread, I may need to try this with a bit of chop. Phoebe isn't taking to the chop I made, but I'm having to thaw it.
our oven has a convection setting. This can be used in place of the dehydrator?
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

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Convection ovens can also be used as a dehydrator. This is a great thread, I may need to try this with a bit of chop. Phoebe isn't taking to the chop I made, but I'm having to thaw it.
our oven has a convection setting. This can be used in place of the dehydrator?
I haven't tried dehydrating in mine, but there are quite a few blogs on doing in. Since convection ovens have a fan that circulates for even heating they also work to help preserve the enzymes while baking at very low temperatures. Some people will prop the door open with a wooden spoon for even better air flow and results. Different convections have different temperature ranges, but most will allow you to set a low enough temperature. Will try with mine in the next month or so and let you know how it goes.
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

This is amazing information! Can this be a forum sticky??
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Convection ovens can also be used as a dehydrator. This is a great thread, I may need to try this with a bit of chop. Phoebe isn't taking to the chop I made, but I'm having to thaw it.
our oven has a convection setting. This can be used in place of the dehydrator?
I haven't tried dehydrating in mine, but there are quite a few blogs on doing in. Since convection ovens have a fan that circulates for even heating they also work to help preserve the enzymes while baking at very low temperatures. Some people will prop the door open with a wooden spoon for even better air flow and results. Different convections have different temperature ranges, but most will allow you to set a low enough temperature. Will try with mine in the next month or so and let you know how it goes.
Ours is a HUGE countertop model for restaurants. It only goes down to 150 on the temperature gauge, but I just tried and you can turn the heat off and have the convection fan run. Not sure how to regulate temps under 150 though, but I never realized it was possible. However, with the times necessary to dehydrate, is a convection oven designed to run for 18-20 hours straight?
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Re: Dehydrating chop: The easiest way to store and serve fresh foods!

I would imagine it would be fine. Tons of people dehydrate fruits and veggies in convections below 150. My oven is not time regulated, so I can run it as long as I want. I would probably dehydrate one ingredient at a time so that they would reach they optimal dehydration for that specific ingredient.
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