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Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-29-2011, 08:24 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Not to worry, there's a ton of good info on the...

Not to worry, there's a ton of good info on the Internet. You can build your own DIY Dehydrating book.

http://www.dehydrate2store.com/helpfultips/
http://www.uga.edu/nchfp/how/dry.html...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-27-2011, 09:12 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Uhmmmmm..... Cold shouldn't be a factor,...

Uhmmmmm.....

Cold shouldn't be a factor, unless you let your heat (stove) go out at night. Suspect that humidity may be a problem with all the snow & rain that's being going north lately.

Try...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-24-2011, 08:07 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Sounds like your experiments are going well....

Sounds like your experiments are going well. That's good to hear.

Do keep us updated as you try more things.

Lee
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-13-2011, 09:00 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Yes, you're right about those temps. About...

Yes, you're right about those temps. About 140/145 for jerky is the most that you'd want for dehydrating. Lower temps for veggies, fruits, and herbs, for best results.

If your goal is to...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-12-2011, 08:04 PM
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Posted By NCLee
Just thought about something that might help. ...

Just thought about something that might help.

Make wooden frames and staple muslin to them. Soak the frames in mineral oil, just as you would a new cutting board. This is to make the frame water...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-12-2011, 09:12 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Can't answer your question about using a coal...

Can't answer your question about using a coal stove. In theory it should work, providing there's enough air flow through all those layers. If no one else has experience with this, perhaps you could...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-08-2011, 11:06 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Kaylar, congrats on having and old home like the...

Kaylar, congrats on having and old home like the one you describe. Sure, it has some problems (as with humidity), but I'd trade my home for yours in a heartbeat.

One thought that may be of help....
Forum: Canning/Preserving 01-05-2011, 11:23 AM
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Posted By NCLee
Kaylar, agree that plastic bags and such are a...

Kaylar, agree that plastic bags and such are a poor defense against high humidity. Far less a problem with glass in that regard. IMHO, the secret with glass is where the jar is filled or opened. If a...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-24-2010, 07:14 AM
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Views: 154,139
Posted By NCLee
Mary, just a tip.... Make your spice mixes,...

Mary, just a tip....

Make your spice mixes, recipes, etc. in small batches to be used fairly quickly. Keep the remainder of your ingredients in large pieces or whole, as applicable. This is to...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-21-2010, 08:30 AM
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Views: 154,139
Posted By NCLee
#1 - Preserve It Naturally by Excalibur #2 -...

#1 - Preserve It Naturally by Excalibur

#2 - Mary Bells Dehydrator Book

I have several others, but these 2 top my list.

Lee
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-19-2010, 05:29 PM
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Posted By NCLee
Mary, sorry to hear that you're not feeling well....

Mary, sorry to hear that you're not feeling well. (sigh) This is definitely the wrong time of year to get sick. Both from the things you want to do and for some reason being so blasted hot makes it...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-19-2010, 01:40 PM
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Posted By NCLee
Mary, how fast the tomatoes dry depends on the...

Mary, how fast the tomatoes dry depends on the thickness, type tomato, temp setting of the dehydrator, air flow design, and the humidity. Excalibur has a great air flow design and the temperature...
Forum: Canning/Preserving 06-12-2010, 09:49 PM
Replies: 457
Views: 154,139
Posted By NCLee
Food Dehydrating

What did you preserve using a dehydrator today? Have any tips, suggestions, questions, about using dehydrators?

Lee
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