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    I was given one for last birthday, and have been trying a few things.
    Decided fruit leather was a faff, stewing, sieving, 2 days in machine then another 2 days to get them out of/cleaned off the machine...
    Courgettes and potatoes look ok, but have yet to rehydrate and use them. Might try beans this weekend given the rain we had tonight there’s bound to be good pickings!

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    I've been eating a bought granola with dried strawberries & raspberries in it. Also mixing in some fresh raspberries.
    The dried ones taste like cardboard, the fresh ones like raspberries. They are alive, vital, fresh - the dried ones could be made from polystyrene, tinted pink for all I know.
    I don't think dehydrated food and I have a future together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I've been eating a bought granola with dried strawberries & raspberries in it. Also mixing in some fresh raspberries.
    The dried ones taste like cardboard, the fresh ones like raspberries. They are alive, vital, fresh - the dried ones could be made from polystyrene, tinted pink for all I know.
    I don't think dehydrated food and I have a future together.
    Being a bit hard on yourself. The Berry fruit is freeze dried, not dehydrated. I dehydrate apples, strawberries every year. Get them to the stage where they just snap but also just chewy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Chestnut View Post
    I was given one for last birthday, and have been trying a few things.
    Decided fruit leather was a faff, stewing, sieving, 2 days in machine then another 2 days to get them out of/cleaned off the machine...
    Courgettes and potatoes look ok, but have yet to rehydrate and use them. Might try beans this weekend given the rain we had tonight there’s bound to be good pickings!

    You don't need to stew. Blitz in a blender and onto the mat. 12 to 18 hrs tops. Cut with pizza cutter and they lift off. The silicon sheet is a bit of a faff to clean, but over top of dishwasher and its done.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kier View Post
    negotiated successfully (made an offer that couldn't be refused) picking a 9 tray excalibur with timer , pick up on sunday, not much to try at the moment but will have plenty to try later or in mid season it will be up for sale again not

    anyway wasn't my fault, they shouldn't have accepted my offer so what could I do, can't get a bad name on ebay can I
    Use the smaller one. It is limited for Yogurt making and could do with extra trays for dried apples.

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I've been eating a bought granola with dried strawberries & raspberries in it. Also mixing in some fresh raspberries.
    The dried ones taste like cardboard, the fresh ones like raspberries. They are alive, vital, fresh - the dried ones could be made from polystyrene, tinted pink for all I know.
    I don't think dehydrated food and I have a future together.
    Since I turned my tomato crop into black lumps of liquorice looking rubber stuff...….I tend to agree!
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    Just bought a cheap round one for our herbs. Love it too!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiechicken View Post
    I have a Lakeland one - from Freecycle last year
    Apparently it had had 2 previous owners who both thought it took for ever to dry food. I haven't tried it yet as I didn't want to risk my precious tomatoes in it, if it didn't work properly.
    Maybe this year I'll be brave!
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    Still in the cupboard - still not brave enough to try it.
    After cluttering up the cupboard since 2015, I'm trying it today..................full of cherry tomatoes.
    Its rather noisy and has had to be banished to another room out of earshot.

    Are they all noisy?
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