Adventures in Dehydrating: getting my feet wet (:

January 15th, 2013

Last week I got my personal Christmas present to myself- an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator.

I’ve been eyeing these babies for quite awhile. I think it’s a natural curiosity when one on tries to resolve the need for portable, refrigerator-less food with the reality of an always-on-the-go-no-breaks-not-even-bathrooms culture of the hospital. I mean, there are only so many granola bars a girl can eat!

Many days I better have something in my work bag, or I’m eating nothing. More often I’m eating whatever is handy, hence the need for intelligent, healthy solutions.

I was giddy when it arrived. Visions of dried sugar plums danced in my head! Well, ok, maybe not sugar plums but more like peppers, greens, …

This weekend I opened it up. I plugged it in and promptly blew the circuits in my kitchen outlet. I think it had something to do with me freaking out it was shipped in the ‘on’ position and I didn’t know how to turn it off so I pulled the plug, which literally pulled the plug.

No matter. Several small appliance/ outlet tests and a circuit breaker later, I figured it out.

First up: 4 hr kale chips. Awesome, as are all kale chips.

Second: eight hour living raw arugala chips. Let me clarify: I hate arugala. OK, maybe hate is a strong word. I sincerely dislike arugala. Earlier, I had made a mistake buying two huge bunches of arugula at the store, thinking it was spinach. What a green rookie mistake.

I really didn’t know what to do, because I was out of the things to make an arugala and pear salad, but I did have part of a pear left.

I took some balsamic vinegar and puréed the pear, coating the arugula with the purée. It seemed like a good idea the time.

Needless to say, the dehydrated arugala is just as un-appetizing as normal arugula. So I ground it all into a powder and mixed it into a butternut squash soup. That worked really well, but it took forever to clean the trays, because I failed to have the foresight to purchase nonstick liners.

Today I went to the store to get some more appetizing veggies. I got eggplant, green beans, and colored peppers. Now this I’m really excited about!

Tonight I made a dry curry rub and coated the green beans. They are dehydrating as we speak. Wish me luck!


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