People that use their food dehydrators please read.

Discussion in 'Egg, Chicken, & Other Favorite Recipes' started by MandyH, Oct 22, 2008.

  1. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I acquired a food dehydrator today after wanting one for MONTHS. It did not come with any screens or that thing you use to make fruit roll ups/leathers. Is there a quick substitute for that fruit leather mat that I might have laying around the house? I had thought about cheesecloth, but wasn't too sure. Also any recipes for the fruit leathers or any other things I might want/need to know before using the dehydrator?
     
  2. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
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    Parchment Paper works pretty well, but of course it's not round like the parts that come with the dehydrator!

    I would think saran wrap or even foil would do in a pinch.

    What about a lightly-buttered paper plate with a hole cut out of the middle?
     
  3. morelcabin

    morelcabin Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 8, 2007
    Ontario Canada
    I would say parchment/wax paper but I personally wouldn't use saran. (only beause I have an adversion to heat and plastic...will never use plastic in my microwave either)
     
  4. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

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    Do some searching to buy the proper screens and such you need.

    Not sure what else you can use for roll-ups.
     
  5. Chicabee19

    Chicabee19 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 8, 2008
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    I never use saran around heat either... but didn't think a dehydrator would get that hot...
     
  6. jaybme

    jaybme Chillin' With My Peeps

    I Have a dehydrator, but use the oven for fruit leather. Spread apple sauce on cookie sheet, put in oven at 200 degrees for a couple hours or over night and in the morning I have fruit leather. Yum!
     
  7. MandyH

    MandyH You'll shoot your eye out!

    I am going to get the correct thngs I need but I have 5 gallon buckets of fresh apples sitting on the porch as I type. That's why I was wanting a quick something I might already have available. I have wax paper and freezer paper in the pantry, guess I'll start there. Thanks.
     
  8. NurseNettie

    NurseNettie Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Check the paperwork in your dehyrator. There shoud be an order form for the fruit leather parts/ pieces in there.
     
  9. MrsCountryChick

    MrsCountryChick Chillin' With My Peeps

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    If you put it in the oven to dry, a good thing to use is those silicone cookie sheet liners. I have a 3pack of red ones from the brand Farberwear. One is full size for a full sized cookie sheet & 2 are about 3/4 the size of a full cookie sheet, only a tad shy of covering the entire sheet. I just tried them out lately to make pumpkin chocolate chip cookies & it bakes them nicely without the dark bottoms, so no dried out cookies. Plus it's so easy to take the cookie sheet out of the oven & just slip the silicone sheet off onto a cooling rack to cool, then slide the other silicone sheet (which I'd already lined with cookie dough) onto it for a quick 2nd batch of cookies to cool. These will be Wonderful for Christmas cookies. ..........Oh back to the topic [​IMG] ......these silicone sheets would be great to make fruit leather, the fruit wouldn't stick, since the silicone is pliable they'd easily come off, with easy clean up [​IMG]
     
  10. kinnip

    kinnip Chillin' With My Peeps

    Feb 24, 2008
    Carrollton, GA
    Is homemade fruit leather as sticky in the mouth as the commercial stuff? My dental work won't tolerate sticky.
     

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