Lynn is busy learning what it means to be an urban homesteader!
After watching Dehydrate2store’s videos on youtube and checking out various how-to sites, I decided to start out with a 2 pound bag of carrots that has been sitting unused in my fridge.
I sliced the carrots, put them in the steamer for 5 minutes, then let them cool in ice water for 5 minutes. These were then strained and dehydrated at 135 for 6 hours.
The one hiccup in this plan was that I decided to use the food processor to slice the carrots for me. Mid-way though an unchopped carrot piece got jammed into the output opening. This caused the whole lid to pop off and carrot slices to escape and fly wildly around the kitchen. The lid jamming open also caused the tab that activates the safety switch to break off, making the machine completely un-usable.
So long story short…although I started out with 2 pounds, I’m uncertain how much survived to be dehydrated. I’ll be running another load soon to top off the jar. Then once I get the 100cc oxygen absorbers I ordered, I’ll throw one in and it’ll be ready for long term storage in my pantry :)