Using Excalibur Food Dehydrators

People who are serious about raw food diets probably own a food dehydrator. Whether it's an Excalibur, Nesco or L'Equip brand dehydrator each will have certain features that make it ideal for certain recipes. From snacks for taking on hiking trips to great beef jerky and leathery fruit roll-ups there are a wide variety of great tasting dehydrated food recipes to be tried and here we present a few of our favorites for you to experiment with. Before making any recipe check the manual of your food dehydrator for drying features and temperature controls to make sure you get the best drying possible.

Sweet Potato Bark – A good source of fiber, vitamin A and potassium, sweet potato bark is a delicious snack to take along when hiking or camping and can be prepared quite easily. Start off by peeling a large sweet potato and cutting it up into chunks. Boil the chunks until soft and then mash thoroughly. Stir in ½ cup of apple juice, three tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg. Use a blender to get the mixture into a lump free creamy blend. Cover your food dehydrator trays with parchment paper and pour a six to seven inch wide puddle of the blended sweet potatoes onto the covered trays and spread the mixture thinly with a spatula. Try drying the sweet potatoes at 135 degrees for eight hours. Drying times and temperatures may vary depending on your brand of dehydrator. Once dried take out and pack along for your next hike.

Teriyaki Jerky – Beef jerky is one of the more popular dehydrator recipes and when you add the zesty taste of teriyaki you have quite a treat. For this recipe you'll need ½ tablespoon of salt, 1/8 tablespoon of black pepper, ½ tablespoon of ground ginger, 2 tablespoons of brown sugar, 1 crushed garlic clove, soy sauce and 1lb of lean meat thinly sliced. In a small mixing bowl combine all the above ingredients except the meat. Place the meat 3 or 4 layers deep in a glass container putting a thin spread of soy sauce on each layer. Cover tightly and marinate in a refrigerator for 6 to 10 hours while stirring occasionally. When ready to dry, place the meat strips on the dehydrator rack and dry at 140-160 degrees for 3 to 4 hours. Cooled jerky should crack but not break in two.

Homemade Yogurt – Take a container of milk and pour it into a saucepan. Cook over medium heat until the temperature reaches 190 degrees. Turn off the heat and allow the milk to cool. When the milk cools to 110 degrees mix in two tablespoons of yogurt with active yogurt cultures. Pour the mil/yogurt mix into glass jars and seal with a secure lid. Remove all the trays from your dehydrator. Preheat the dehydrator to 105 degrees. Remove the front cover and place the jars on the bottom. Put the cover back on and let the yogurt incubate for 8 to 10 hours. After it's done drying place the jars in your refrigerator so the yogurt can thicken as it cools. Enjoy the yogurt with your choice of grain cereal and fresh fruit.

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