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I got inspired this morning and last night and decided to run the dehydrator. I'm sponsoring not one, but TWO hikers this year, so I'll need lots and lots of yummy goodness... And I especially needed to restock the veggie mix.

Currently drying away... One tray each of:

Tomatoes
zucchini/yellow squash (4 total, they were small)
carrots and celery
canned pumpkin
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canned artichoke hearts (2 cans, drained and chopped)
bell pepper (about 3, they were small)


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btw, Nature Boy, I would have done bamboo shoots, but I don't have any in the house. I put them on the grocery list. :)


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Past few weeks I have done about 10 pounds of natural brown rice. I bought a real rice cooker/steamer so now my brown rice comes out perfect just about every time.

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Past few weeks I have done about 10 pounds of natural brown rice. I bought a real rice cooker/steamer so now my brown rice comes out perfect just about every time.

Awesome!!  Do you have plans for all that rice??


I'm going hiking tomorrow, but I think I will run it again on Sunday. I have some quinoa salad ideas I want to test out.


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I've been piling up the sweet potatoe and Brocoli inventories - tis really amazing the volume and weight reduction of cooked dehydrated brocoli, and quick too.

Question: What's the advantage of cooking and Dehydrating rice versus buying 'minute' type rice?
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I've been piling up the sweet potatoe and Brocoli inventories - tis really amazing the volume and weight reduction of cooked dehydrated brocoli, and quick too.

Question: What's the advantage of cooking and Dehydrating rice versus buying 'minute' type rice?

Nutrition mostly.

You'll get a better product (nutritionally) if you cook your own at home and dehydrate it. You are really  just making instant rice. The store bought stuff is more processed (but I still use it).


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I need to get mine down. I got lazy and went on a buying spree this year :D It is just sooo easy when the nice Fed Ex man brings me packages from Packit :D

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PS: I do cook and dry Jasmine rice.....it is what I prefer :) And I can only dream of finding commercially ready instant Jasmine rice :D

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Awesome!!  Do you have plans for all that rice??

We use some of it for meals and lunches around the house. Alot of it is budgeted for a Long Trail thru0hike in June for me and the kid. Rest of it later in the summer on the CDT. Have a 25 pound bag of the stuff...  :p

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Lol....I am still using up a 50 lb bag of Jasmine rice. Not that I was stock piling or anything :p :D

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as we speak....

bamboo rice

blackberries

kiwi fruit

the benefit of drying your own rice is that you can get types of rice not commercially available... like the Jasmine Rice sarbar mentioned or the bamboo rice I am currently drying.


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I found racks at Cabellas that fit my dehydrator, so I have two new racks in my dehydrator....now I need to find time to dry some food....Time is a rare commodity these days....work, sleep, eat, chores, etc....not enough time to do anything it seems.

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or the bamboo rice I am currently drying.

I think my wife makes that for her Sushi. Isn't that the green stuff? I'm not all that fond of it myself but she likes it. We all like Jasmine but brown rice is the staple for us.

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Yep, bamboo is the green stuff! And it is a sticky rice....

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I have nuthin' in my dehydrator right now. I still have last years!
Errr, hope it's still good.


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I have nuthin' in my dehydrator right now. I still have last years!
Errr, hope it's still good.

I still have a lot of last years stuff too.

Doing a restock mostly... needed veggie mix, quinoa (that's sunday's project), beans... I'll do chicken soon too.


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ROUND 2!!

2 trays of broccoli slaw (the stuff in the bags at the store)
2 trays quinoa
1 tray artichoke hearts
1 tray white beans (two cans)
1 tray peanut sauce (from a jar, TJ's)
1 tray red pepper eggplant dip/spread (from a jar, TJ's)

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Well we're going backpacking in 2 weeks, so I'm about to fish mine out. On my list to dry:

Onions
Green Peppers
Scallions
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Well we're going backpacking in 2 weeks, so I'm about to fish mine out. On my list to dry:

Onions
Green Peppers
Scallions
Pasta
Fruit leather

Just don't do the fruit leather with the onions! LOL. :cool:

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Nothing's in mine right now ... I am eating all the broccoli I can grow!  :)  I am waiting for the crawfish to come down in price, as they usually do in the spring, so I can make some cream of crawfish soup.  Yum!

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Just don't do the fruit leather with the onions! LOL. :cool:

Ya I'll do the fruit leather first, like all 4 trays of it. I made a lot last time with ease because of applesauce.

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My question is, where did I put my Nesco?  Time to get it down to start on food for my AZ trip.

Di-- what do you do with your Broccoli cole slaw?
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Di-- what do you do with your Broccoli cole slaw?

I think I'm just going to use it in my veggie mix (think soup base) For some reason it jumped in my cart at the store today.

A broccoli-cheese-rice dish sounds good too...

Whoa boy does that stuff shrink down though!


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A pasta with meatless crumbles, tomatoes, zucchini and spinach dish and some tofu (yuck) asian dish.

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I made a no-pork meat loaf last night that nobody but me liked (probably because there was no pork in it).  I'm going to crumble it and dry it today, and use it like dried ground beef.

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I'm using my trays to air dry sourdough starter right now.

Need to do some more celery - used alot in soups over the winter.


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I made a no-pork meat loaf last night that nobody but me liked (probably because there was no pork in it).  I'm going to crumble it and dry it today, and use it like dried ground beef.

That sounds really good!!

Nic, I need to do celery too.


Okay, I'm on Round 3!! (I need about 100 meals for sponsorship food this year. Getting busy early.)

2 trays carrots
1 tray zucchini
2 trays quinoa (I cooked the whole freaking box yesterday)
1 tray miso paste (that one is an experiment. Oh if that works I will be a happy girl!!!)


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Today I am drying African Chicken Stew, Quinoa Soup and Minestrone.

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I've been piling up the sweet potatoe and Brocoli inventories - tis really amazing the volume and weight reduction of cooked dehydrated brocoli, and quick too.

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Sweet potatoes?

What do you use them for  and how do you dehydrate them? It sounds interesting.
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I've been piling up the sweet potatoe and Brocoli inventories - tis really amazing the volume and weight reduction of cooked dehydrated brocoli, and quick too.

Question: What's the advantage of cooking and Dehydrating rice versus buying 'minute' type rice?

Sweet potatoes?

What do you use them for  and how do you dehydrate them? It sounds interesting.

I did a thread and a blog post on them awhile back... You can use them like instant mashed potatoes. Season them however you'd like.

Lemme see if I can find the forum posts...

ETA: Here ya go. Sweet Potatoes!


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