Originally Posted by Golden Horse
I quite fancy trying drying some stuff, what sort of dehydrator do you need, I wouldn't want to spend a lot straight off, I know cheapskate.
You can start off trying some things in a warm oven on cookie sheets. Apple chips, apple rolls ups, (or any other fruit you can think of) Kale chips, etc..can all be done in an oven and recipes are easy to find on the internet.
I can tell you from experience that the cheap ones really are not worth it. I started off with a smaller round one, and yeah..it dried some herbs ok...but you had to constantly restack the trays because of uneven drying, and there was no way to set the temp.
Veggies need different temps than fruit, and herbs need different temps than jerky. After a season of fiddling with the little ones and being dissappointed in the results, but knowing I wanted to keep drying stuff, I got one of these- http://www.excaliburdehydrator.com/d...n-timer-models
Worth. Every. Single. Penny.
I dry tons of stuff from the garden and will never run out of food, even if I run out of money to buy food.
(they can be found cheaper if you look around the web)