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    Does anyone have a food dehydrator? Or do you dehydrate your own foods?

    If so, has it saved you a lot of money?

    I know you can make fruit trail mixes, jerky, and dehydrate veggies for soups.

    I also know you can dehydrate for storage as well.

    What has your experience been?

    How much has it saved you overall?
    What else can you do with it?

    thanks for your input. DH and I are considering getting this as another cost saving device. We just want to make sure its worth it.
    Terra , Wife to Kevin, Mom to Cassidy (12) and Ciara (2)

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    Default Re: food dehydration

    I have a food dehydrator. We use it for all the things you posted. We also grow some herbs & I dry those. We have saved a lot money doing this. Check out the thrift stores for used ones before you invest in one. Let us know what you decide. Good Luck.

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    I found it cheaper to can my stuff than to dry it. I do dry my herbs but I use my car to dry them (lay them on paper in a closed car in summer and they dry perfectly !) I was going to try again this year as i need to dry my onions. DH is allergic to them but if we dry them and powder them he can handle it. Fresh he breaks out in horrible hives. Anyway when I tried it before my electric bill more than doubled!

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    I've used my dehydrator for years. This weekend I've been doing large batches of onions and I also do green onions, tomato slices, mushrooms, celery, sweet peppers, herbs, carrots, rice, potatoes, and just about everything else that has water in it. Many items get ground to a powder and added to my spice/herb collection.

    Considering that many ripe foods might have been sent to the compost instead of dehydrating, I figure I've benefited a great deal, but I don't know whether I would consider it a money saver. It is a food saver.
    I used to eat a lot of natural foods until I learned that most people die of natural causes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by brchbell View Post
    I found it cheaper to can my stuff than to dry it. I do dry my herbs but I use my car to dry them (lay them on paper in a closed car in summer and they dry perfectly !) I was going to try again this year as i need to dry my onions. DH is allergic to them but if we dry them and powder them he can handle it. Fresh he breaks out in horrible hives. Anyway when I tried it before my electric bill more than doubled!

    I never would have thought to put them in the car. And, best of all, that is using free energy!

    Thanks for the suggestion!
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    thanks everyone!

    Margaret- We are going to check Craigs list, and Good will first.
    Brchbell- What a good idea! In the summer here is perfect for that!

    Mcnerd- Im glad to hear someone who has used and liked theirs!
    Terra , Wife to Kevin, Mom to Cassidy (12) and Ciara (2)

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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalmommy View Post
    thanks everyone!

    Margaret- We are going to check Craigs list, and Good will first.

    Don't forget about freecycle. Some people buy them and then they just compile dust in the corner. They would be happy to get them off of their hands.
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    Quote Originally Posted by d_awalker View Post
    Don't forget about freecycle. Some people buy them and then they just compile dust in the corner. They would be happy to get them off of their hands.
    I forgot about freecycle! Thanks!
    Terra , Wife to Kevin, Mom to Cassidy (12) and Ciara (2)

 

 
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