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About two years ago we bought a simple dehydrator. I was a little nervous about this as I do try to have fewer electrical gadgets now.
Today it’s drying elder flowers.
We have made plenty of elderflower cordial from foraged flowers and rather than make more yet that we don’t have room to store or that might go off, we decided to see if we can dry some of this lovely blossom as it has a short season.
The last time we used it was to dry delicious kale chips.
Prior to that we made fruit leather. Both of these were things we’d not had before and better uses of food we’d grown ourselves. The dryer was brilliant.
Stupidly I didn’t use it to do those dandelion roots the other day.
We’ve used it to dry lemons and to make sundries tomatoes. Both of which we would’ve struggled to use fresh as we had plenty.
We also dried thyme for the bees as its a good hive treatment against varroa parasites.
So far it’s been a great addition to our tools. Interestingly we’ve made a number of new things with it and found more ways to use stuff that would otherwise have only been chicken feed.
It cost about €24 euros I think so it was well worth it.
Hopefully we’ll find even more uses this season.
Do you have any great uses for a dehydrator?
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