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Comment by Christene on June 30, 2011 at 9:22am

I have one of the circle dehydrators that does not have a thermostat.  I thought about setting it outside today because I didn't want to heat up the house suppose to be 88 here.  does anyone know of a problem doing it that way would the hot day be a bad thing?

Harriet I will look for Delong's  book I bought this dehydrator at a garage sale there was no book

Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on June 30, 2011 at 9:24am

No problem setting it outside.  Is there, like Pat asked, a fan?   

 

Comment by Christene on June 30, 2011 at 9:29am
yes there is a fan thought I would start it soon might be all I get done today toddle with a fever is not working out well
Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on June 30, 2011 at 9:34am
Sorry about the babe.  Dehydrator doesn't need much attention.  Some say turn the machine on a it to get warm.  Put blueberries on racks. I assume then have slats.  Stack the racks.  Let it do its thing.  Check back in four hours.  Might want to move racks -- top to bottom sort of thing for even drying.  Like Pat says.  Takes a while.  You can turn off at night if not done and start again in the morning if you can't keep an eye on them.  Will be just fine.  Love to the little one.   Breaks a mom's heart when they are sick.
Comment by Pat Johnson on June 30, 2011 at 9:39am
Outside is fine although if it's humid it will delay the dehydrating process a little. The lack of a thermostat will likely be no problem. If there is a fan in the dehydrator you're all set. Otherwise you will have to rearrange the berries every couple hours or so because the inside ones dry faster than the outside ones and the top ones faster than the bottom ones.
Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on June 30, 2011 at 9:43am
Even with a fan, if the fan is on the bottom, it is best to move the trays.  At least that has been my experience.  I have never had to think about the outside humidity factoring into the drying equation.  Which goes to show how information and advice must be pegged to the region.  Thanks.
Comment by Christene on June 30, 2011 at 9:58am
Some sites are saying to blanch them first is this necessary
Comment by Christene on June 30, 2011 at 10:01am

I just just the weather channel I am going to be at over 50% humidity all day, my goal is freeze some, make a pie and hot or raw pack the berries into jars.  I want to get this batch done because I want to go get more Sat. morning and that is the next picking.

I hope my son starts feeling better soon. thankyou for the advice and will check back later

Comment by Harriet Fasenfest on June 30, 2011 at 10:15am
Freezing is my favorite.  Made some "sorbet" out of frozen blueberries the other day (making room for the new batch you know).  Just threw them frozen in the cusinart with a little honey and a tad yogurt and let it rip.  Slowly it turned into a lovely puree - thick and creamy.  Ate it just so but could put it in the freezer to tighten a bit and stir every now and then to give it more loft. I kept thinking about all those anti-oxidants I was eating.  In your face sorbet.
Comment by Christene on June 30, 2011 at 10:42am

Harriet I have already put two quart size bags in the freezer.  What about the blanching them first before dehydrating is it necessary; also my dad just bought me about ten red and yellow peppers I love roasted peppers but don't know how to go about it any ideas.  Or has anyone done this and could share tips.  

 

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