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ENGINEERMOM's Photo ENGINEERMOM Posts: 1,184
4/15/19 9:44 A

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Do you have a place to store it that makes it easy to get out and use?

Is it easy to clean?

Those have become my primary questions when considering new kitchen equipment!

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JEANETTE_R's Photo JEANETTE_R Posts: 34
4/12/19 11:41 A

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some very good food for thought, pun intended, lol! thank you for the feedback. think im leaning toward the dehydrator, tried some banana chips and they were yummy and since i have an instant pot i can steam in there. thank you all!



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4/12/19 6:29 A



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I would choose a steamer because I steam a lot of my veges.

I have a big freezer so anything that I would dehydrate for preserving, I can freeze instead. The only exception would be making fruit leathers, but I don't eat them and can make them in the oven (on really low temp.) if I wanted.

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4/11/19 8:44 P

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Never tried a dehydrator so this is interesting info for me too.



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4/11/19 6:19 P

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Make a list of what you would use each for. And not just apple pie in the sky it could be used for, but things that you actually like and might keep the ingredients for on hand and have the time to make and the desire to eat. For me, my oven works as often as I want to dehydrate stuff. The steamer could easily take on some greens or shumai and save me a spot on the stove. But everyone is different. And so make a list of what each one might be used for. For each use make sure you list the alternative that you are currently using because you ideally want to be eliminating the most inconvenient prep of the food that you would use the most.

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4/10/19 4:06 P

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I LOVE my steamer. I bought my first one in the mid 90's and use it nearly every night to cook vegetables. Mine has stacking trays, so I can put rice in the bowl and vegs on the tray above and cook both at the same time. It is hands free, set the timer and walk away. I love not standing over a stove. It rinses clean, no more pots to wash and no soggy vegetables. Probably my favorite use is for corn on the cob, just pop it in and it starts cooking. You don't have to wait for a pot of water to boil. It also works well to warm and soften pita bread and stale bagels. :)

I have a dehydrator, simple fan and tray affair, but rarely use it. I've dried vegetables, made fruit leather and beef jerky, but find it's really not my thing. I'd rather can or pickle my extra produce.


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4/10/19 2:30 P

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I find a dehydrator terribly useful. When harvest is in full swing and you can get a variety of fresh veggies for way cheap, a dehydrator can be a great way to process the excess for later.

I use it for my home veggies, too.

You can also make snacks with it - dehydrated sliced fruit is a tasty treat. I've even dehydrated slices of onion and snacked on that before! Also good to put on salads.

A wide variety of things you might not have considered can be dehydrated - root vegetables, most fruits (don't do blackberries. It did not work out well. *sadface*), and even leafy greens and herbs can go through the dehydrator.

I've dehydrated kale, spinach, and other salad greens to add to soups, sauces, and even smoothies on occasion.

A steamer is nice, but for me holds very limited use, and nothing that I can't get from a simple set-up for a few bucks. Dehydrator is much more broadly useful fo rme.

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4/10/19 12:53 P

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So my job offers service award and there are a lot of choices and I'm trying to narrow it down. So, which would you choose and why? emoticon



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