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    new to dehydrating need help

    BadlyBent
    Wed Apr 03, 2013 1:32 pm
    Newbie "Fry Cook" Poster
    Hi yall new here, i have used an old round type dehydrator before but it was many years ago, i just bought a 10 rack square dehydrator and am ready to get back in the game again..... any tips or links for info?... also how do you tell when apple slices are done? i ran some yesterday and it seemed like it took forever, after 12 hours at 140* temp they were still kinda soft and chewy which is ok i like them like that BUT i dont know if they are done right, how do you tell if they go bad? look for mold or by smell?


    thanks for any help.......
    Molly53
    Wed Apr 03, 2013 2:10 pm
    Forum Host
    BadlyBent wrote:
    Hi y'all new here, i have used an old round type dehydrator before but it was many years ago, i just bought a 10 rack square dehydrator and am ready to get back in the game again..... any tips or links for info?... also how do you tell when apple slices are done? i ran some yesterday and it seemed like it took forever, after 12 hours at 140* temp they were still kinda soft and chewy which is ok i like them like that BUT i dont know if they are done right, how do you tell if they go bad? look for mold or by smell?


    thanks for any help.......
    Howdy and welcome to the forum, BB. It's nice to meet a new friend!

    Click on this thread and see if you don't find it helpful: http://www.food.com/bb/viewtopic.zsp?t=357026
    Tisme
    Thu Apr 04, 2013 3:52 am
    Food.com Groupie
    I have done apples a few times, but stoppped ....mainly because after doing them they disappear before my eyes, as everyone here loves them..... I know that is what you do them for, but give me a chance...lol
    The first time I soaked them in lemon juice to avoid browning, but they tasted a little sour and they did take a while that time. But I never got the chance to see if how they went over a few weeks, they disappeared icon_rolleyes.gif .
    The next few times I used a mandolin which helped and the time seemed to be a few hours less, but it gave more of a chip type dried apple, but they were really good.
    I have found that if you give them a slight sqeeze and there is no moisture is apparent in the dried apple then they should be fine, also if you put them (when cooled) in an airtight clear container for a few hours ...... and then if condensation appears, you know to put them back for more drying.
    I have noticed over the years that different types of apples seem to hold different moisture levels and the time varies so much from 10 - 18 hours..... I used a few types and found fuji apples really good ...and really sweet. So maybe a different apple type might help with the time.
    Hope this may help you, but usualy it takes about 10 hours for me to dry apples.
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