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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby perfectlydark » Sat 10 Jan, 2015 2:12 pm

Sounds interesting! Dried kiwis were my favorite of the batch i did
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby WarrenH » Fri 16 Jan, 2015 10:34 pm

perfectlydark wrote:Sounds interesting! Dried kiwis were my favorite of the batch i did


All the melons type fruits, supposedly, are good to dehydrate.

Have you tried dehydrating a watermelon? They must be about 95% water. You'll convert several kilograms of melon into a few grams of super-snack. It is a slow process to do, on a mid-heat, but the results will knock your sox off, for flavour. The sugar buildup and release gives an energy hit to die for.

I was skeptical when first I read about how much people liked shrinking a water melon into nothing. Now I don't leave home without a sachet or two. Not that I get to eat any of it ... my wife and her girl friends, know what I pack.

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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby perfectlydark » Mon 19 Jan, 2015 7:53 am

Sounds like a good idea! Getting out in the next few weeks for the.first time in 6 months so i might try some watermelon..how long did it take to dehydrate? Id imagine maybe 48 hours?
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby Hermione » Mon 19 Jan, 2015 10:52 pm

Never tried water melon but dehydrated strawberries make great snacks too.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby walk2wineries » Tue 20 Jan, 2015 8:06 am

perfectlydark wrote:Sounds like a good idea! Getting out in the next few weeks for the.first time in 6 months so i might try some watermelon..how long did it take to dehydrate? Id imagine maybe 48 hours?


Slice it wafer thin. I had an inexpensive Sunbeam which looked quite like the Aldi model which inspired this thread, it would take most of a day from memory. Haven't done it this year yet.

Rockmelon is good too, but sliced thinly the watermelon is actually faster to dry, probably because of its more open texture. Just leaving it to drain (slanting the slicing board into the sink) for a few minutes and/or putting a paper towel over it, not enough for the paper to start disintegrating, will help quite a bit.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby keithy » Fri 06 Nov, 2015 7:44 pm

If anyone is interested, Aldi have this back on special from 11 November.
https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys ... ydrator-2/
$39.99 again.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby walk2wineries » Tue 15 Dec, 2015 11:58 pm

Still waiting for ALDI - but I noticed similar product in Cheap as Chips the other day.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby Eremophila » Wed 16 Dec, 2015 6:19 am

keithy wrote:If anyone is interested, Aldi have this back on special from 11 November.
https://www.aldi.com.au/en/special-buys ... ydrator-2/
$39.99 again.


Dang! I've been waiting for these to re-appear, but was o/s all of November.

Anyone buy one?
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby walk2wineries » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 5:46 pm

Jumping track just a little bit.... http://www.sunoven.com.au/ expensive but look interesting, has drying racks as I think an optional extra
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 6:01 pm

walk2wineries wrote:Jumping track just a little bit.... http://www.sunoven.com.au/ expensive but look interesting, has drying racks as I think an optional extra

What's a solar oven have anything to do in a dehydrator thread?
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby Gadgetgeek » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 6:20 pm

you can dehy in a solar oven. Eremophila, I did get one, worth keeping your eyes out for it I think. Probably won't be super durable, but so far I've done bananas, kiwis, zucchini, watermellon and mushrooms. Warren, that was a great idea! it didn't last long.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 6:57 pm

How's dehydrating different b/n a conventional kitchen oven and a solar one? If so, time to talk Miele? ;)


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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby Gadgetgeek » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 7:49 pm

It only differs in the amount of thread drift it causes ;)
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby GPSGuided » Tue 05 Jan, 2016 8:10 pm

Ok! I can see one is in the great outdoors while the other isn't.
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby walk2wineries » Fri 08 Jan, 2016 4:06 pm

didn't mean to jump tracks. I haven't seen normal ovens come with drying racks although I know people do use them for that purpose; the solar oven does have specific dehydrating racks. Something to think about if you are thinking about how many appliances you need in your life!
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby Eremophila » Fri 08 Jan, 2016 9:22 pm

Gadgetgeek wrote:you can dehy in a solar oven. Eremophila, I did get one, worth keeping your eyes out for it I think. Probably won't be super durable, but so far I've done bananas, kiwis, zucchini, watermellon and mushrooms. Warren, that was a great idea! it didn't last long.


Thanks GG, looks like I will have to wait till next year now. :?
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Re: Dehydrator now at ALDI.

Postby misselaineous2 » Sun 10 Jan, 2016 7:33 pm

I've got the Aldi one (comes with 6 trays I think) and it works great. Just finished off a spaghetti Bol (cooked as much of the liquid as I could away while still in the pot then put it on baking paper in the machine). Fruits, veg, meat - I'm really happy with how it's going.....time will tell if it can stand up to the longevity test, but so far so good..Lumina brand.
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