Getting Started with Dehydrating Foods

I accidentally bought myself one of these for an early Christmas present:

Then the other day I bought a bunch of these:

Which I cut up and put onto these:

Then I placed them all into this:

And after a LONG wait, and the help of my food saver jar attachment,
ended up with these:

THE END

Now I’m way excited to try dehydrating more things. I wanted some ideas on what would be yummy so I asked on our facebook page and got a GREAT response. Here are just a few samples, click here to see all of them!

If you are not following our facebook page yet, you definitely want to consider it. We have great conversations, idea sharing, and support going on every day. It is a great way for us to get to know all of you better and for everyone to learn from each other and have fun!

What are YOUR favorite foods to dehydrate? Let us know in the comments or add to the facebook discussion above!


  • Tiff

    LOL This sounds like something I’d tell my husband; “I accidently bought myself a dehydrator…” Fortunately, he’s at least half as enthusiastic as I am about food storage and self-sufficiency, so I think I could get away with it… Hey, I think I know what I’m getting for my birthday! Thanks for the inspiration!

  • Mommaplus

    did you soak your banana slices first?

  • Our favorites are: apples, bananas, tomatoes, homemade yogurt (use your dehydrator to incubate it), watermelon, pears, crispy sprouted nuts, and dehydrating all sorts of veggies for long term storage.

  • Cali

    I’m getting one of these for my birthday tomorrow! Thanks for posting some of the comments from your facebook page. I don’t have a facebook account, and won’t get one, so I appreciate your adding the responses from that page here so I could still benefit from everybody’s input! Thanks so much!

  • imtnt

    I’m curious as to how you “accidently” bought one of those. It might be a method I’d be interested in using too. lol!

  • A737fo_wife

    If you want to know several tips on how and what to dehydrate you should check out this lady at http://www.dehydrate2store.com I have learned so much from her videos and recipes. She is also featured on the Excalibur website videos. http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/media.php
    Dehydrating is a great way to build food storage in less space.

  • motherof3nc

    we make a lot of doggy treats and cat food (meat crumbles) but our favorite is the fruit roll-ups. After we make the fruit leather we cut in strips and roll them up in waxed paper and twist the ends (like salt water taffy) yum

  • motherof3nc

    we make a lot of doggy treats and cat food (meat crumbles) but our favorite is the fruit roll-ups. After we make the fruit leather we cut in strips and roll them up in waxed paper and twist the ends (like salt water taffy) yum

  • TJ

    Hey try this: http://www.measuringflower.com/2010/11/homemade-jerky_23.html It’s addicting! I love to dry foods!

  • Tuxgirl

    kiwi is my favorite. I tried orange slices, but they didn’t work too well.