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First time using the dehydrator (tomatoes, habaneros, and jalapenos)

post #1 of 17
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Hey y'all.

 

I just bought a Nesco FD-61 and am giving my first go with a very small batch of tomatoes and peppers.  I ended up cutting the stems off the habs, but leaving them whole.  I cut the jalapeno in half.  For the tomato, I wasn't sure what to do since it was a large tomato.  I ended up just slicing it like I normally would for sandwiches and then cutting that in half.

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks,

Greg

post #2 of 17

Think you're on the right track. Follow the manufacture instructions and just watch to see how long it takes for your goodies to be done. I know my jerky goes much quicker than suggested in the booklet. Pictures would be appreciated when done..I've got some peppers myself I might dehydrate instead of can......Willie

post #3 of 17

I dry a LOT of hot peppers every year. If you are going to crush the habs I would recommend cutting them in half - it will save you a lot of time drying & make them much easier to crush for pepper. You want them very crunchy if you are going that route. Otherwise if you're not in a hurry it is fine to let them whole  Thumbs Up

post #4 of 17
Thread Starter 

Thanks y'all.  They've been on for about 3 hrs.  I won't peek for a few more hours.

 

I'm doing 135.

 

I had to move the dehydrator out to the garage.  I noticed a burning in my lungs. :devil:

post #5 of 17
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This is after about 6 hrs.  The tomatoes shrank a little more than I anticipated.  Everything is a little sticky still.  The tomatoes are sticking a fair amount to the rack.  Does it looks like I'm on the right track?

 

post #6 of 17
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In hindsight, maybe i should've cut the tomatoes in wedges rather than slices.

post #7 of 17

Looks like they are coming along just fine  Thumbs Up   & yes - things with a lot of moisture will really shrink up when you dry them. I slice tomatoes thicker than yours so they have a little thickness left when they're done.

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by smokingreg View Post
 

Hey y'all.

 

I just bought a Nesco FD-61 and am giving my first go with a very small batch of tomatoes and peppers.  I ended up cutting the stems off the habs, but leaving them whole.  I cut the jalapeno in half.  For the tomato, I wasn't sure what to do since it was a large tomato.  I ended up just slicing it like I normally would for sandwiches and then cutting that in half.

 

Any other suggestions?

 

Thanks,

Greg

 

 

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In hindsight, maybe i should've cut the tomatoes in wedges rather than slices.

 

 

 

If you wedge them try to squish them down a bit after they are partially dry.

 

 

 

  • Store Bought and mine

 

 

 

  • This weeks batch

 

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by smokingreg View Post
 

This is after about 6 hrs.  The tomatoes shrank a little more than I anticipated.  Everything is a little sticky still.  The tomatoes are sticking a fair amount to the rack.  Does it looks like I'm on the right track?

 

 

 

Looks good to me.

Make sure they're pliable when you pull the matoes.

 

I don't sweat them sticking but some folks use cooking spray or start them on a fruit rollup tray or one of those non stick ones with the holes in it.

I just flip mine if the tops are dry enough not to stick or just move them around a bit.

post #10 of 17
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If you wedge them try to squish them down a bit after they are partially dry.

 

 

 

  • Store Bought and mine

 

 

 

  • This weeks batch

 

 

wow.  that looks fantastic.

post #11 of 17
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what did you put on those awesome looking tomatoes?

post #12 of 17

Think about adding Todd's Q-Matz to your dehydrator.....  Stuff don't stick.....   these raisins "almost" slid off the matz.....    Dave

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com/

 

post #13 of 17
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Think about adding Todd's Q-Matz to your dehydrator.....  Stuff don't stick.....   these raisins "almost" slid off the matz.....    Dave

 

http://www.amazenproducts.com/

 

 

 

I'm with Dave on those matz........they work great.

 

Brad

post #14 of 17

For the Nesco they have a few different alternatives to non stick mats.

 

 

 

You can spice anyway you want, my first batch was Basil, Oregano and Sage.

This batch was Onion powder, Garlic salt, Oregano, Parsley and Basil.

post #15 of 17
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by SQWIB View Post
 

For the Nesco they have a few different alternatives to non stick mats.

 

 

 

You can spice anyway you want, my first batch was Basil, Oregano and Sage.

This batch was Onion powder, Garlic salt, Oregano, Parsley and Basil.

I'm going to do this tomorrow or Saturday.  Any preference on tomato type?  We've got some German Queen tomatoes, but I can always buy a couple from the store.

post #16 of 17

From what I have researched, many prefer the fleshier tomatoes, I use whatever comes off the vine from that year. And they are just as good if not better than the storebought maters.

post #17 of 17

Wow its so fab...

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