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dehydrator treats?
« on: November 03, 2008, 05:27:01 PM »
Does anyone use a food dehydrator to make treats? If so, any advice on buying one?

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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #1 on: November 03, 2008, 05:47:57 PM »
I use my gas oven, but do have a dehydrator too, just it is packed away and not too easy to get at...or maybe I am too lazy to get it out LOL.

But if you use your gas oven, turn to 150 or so and leave in till dried out.  You can use your oven racks if you cut large enuff to compensate for shrinkage when drying.
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #2 on: November 04, 2008, 08:07:40 AM »
I have a Ronco that I got at Target. It takes about a day to dehydrate sweet potato slices. I've also done apple rings and banana chips for Molly. To do the sweet potatoes I cook them in the microwave a little first. It makes them so much easier to slice.
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #3 on: November 04, 2008, 09:23:57 AM »
I haven't used mine, but i think I will try some treats this weekend.
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« Reply #4 on: November 04, 2008, 07:01:26 PM »
I haven't used mine, but i think I will try some treats this weekend.

let me know how it goes!

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« Reply #5 on: November 05, 2008, 06:10:16 PM »
I have a dehydrator, I have tried hamburger, it doesn't work very well.  Maybe because I didn't cook it before.  Does anyone have any recipes?
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2008, 03:48:44 PM »
But if you use your gas oven, turn to 150 or so and leave in till dried out.  You can use your oven racks if you cut large enuff to compensate for shrinkage when drying.

I can't remember where I read it....but do you need to vent the oven (like leave it open a crack)??
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« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2008, 03:54:55 PM »
Yes...sorry I forgot that part...
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« Reply #8 on: November 11, 2008, 03:59:29 PM »
How far...just tick a folded potholder in the corner to make it like an inch or two?? 
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #9 on: November 11, 2008, 04:17:05 PM »
Just a crack will do...my oven door opens a bit but in the past older ovens I used a wooden spoon to hold it open.
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #10 on: November 11, 2008, 04:21:18 PM »
Just a crack will do...my oven door opens a bit but in the past older ovens I used a wooden spoon to hold it open.

Yeah, I have an older, crappy oven.  To stay open by itself, it's gotta be open like 6 inches, which I think is too far.

The pot holder has got it open a crack.....I think it'll work.
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Re: dehydrator treats?
« Reply #11 on: November 11, 2008, 04:39:36 PM »
Lesson learned the hard way....grease the cookie sheet if you are going to try to dehydrate chicken in your gas oven.   :smash:
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« Reply #12 on: November 12, 2008, 07:15:31 AM »
With the cost of natural gas so high, wouldn't it be cheaper to buy a dehydrator? Also, what about the smell? I guess chicken wouldn't be bad but what about liver and other organ meats... yech.

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« Reply #13 on: November 12, 2008, 07:20:39 AM »
Amanda ~ It takes longer in the dehydrater than the oven...so I think it would cost more using the dehydrater.

Brandy ~ don't use a cookie sheet.  I use a rack...when drying, air needs to be able to get all the way around...so you could hang strips from your oven rack or you could get those racks used to cool cookies (which I use) and place over the oven rack.  If you want to stop the dripping onto the oven floor use tin foil to cover the area where it would drip.
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