How Do You Slice Your Food For The Dehydrator?

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  1. KindredSpirit

    KindredSpirit Well-Known Member

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    Do you labor tediously with a kitchen knife or have you found a good gadget that will cut whatever size slice you need? Give me your tips for saving time with dehydrating PLEASE!!!! :bow:
     
  2. ZooNana

    ZooNana In the Colorado Rockies

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    We use a mandolin slicer for most fruits and veggies :)
     

  3. Tracy Rimmer

    Tracy Rimmer CF, Classroom & Books Mod Supporter

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    I have a mandolin slicer that I use for apples and pears, you know -- the larger stuff. Smaller stuff goes through the slicer attachment on my kitchenaid or is chopped by hand.
     
  4. Terre d'Esprit

    Terre d'Esprit Boer-ing Mom

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    The Pampered Chef mandolin slicer is the most amazing gadget ever made. : )

    It slices potatoes like a hot knife through butter. You can adjust the blade and thus the thickness of the slices. I bought a cheaper mandolin slicer first, but then got this one. There was absolutely NO comparison.

    Just watch out, and always use the guard. It goes through fingers like a hot knife through butter also. :nerd:

    T
     
  5. Boleyz

    Boleyz Prognosticator, Artist

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    I usually make deer jerky after I kill a deer, and I always just take a couple of deer hams to the local mennonite butcher and ask him to slice them into jerky meat slices.

    He has an industrial meat slicer, like the deli's have and he can slice 2 hams up in about 5 minutes. Usually costs me about $5.00. He also wraps it for freezing, so I can make as much or as little jerky as I want. 5 bucks well spent IMHO.
     
  6. KindredSpirit

    KindredSpirit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone, will the madolin slice down to 1/4 inch? :)
     
  7. 3ravens

    3ravens on furlough-downsized Supporter

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    If it's an adjustable one it will. You can use your food processor for firmer things, but soft stuff will just mush up. I like the mandolin a lot. Williams-Sonoma has a good one, but it's pricy.
     
  8. RachAnn in NW Okla

    RachAnn in NW Okla Well-Known Member

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    Hi~

    I have this one....

    http://www.crhowto.org/items/Rival_abr1042wp.html

    I think I paid $25ish for mine in an Alco/Duckwalls store

    now I dont dehydrate foods but recently had to slice tomatoes and onions for a hamburger dinner and managed to do a flat of each in like no time...I needed to get as many slices as possible to accomodate a large crowd....the first slice of tom. was so thin you could read thru it literally!

    it does potatoes, lunch meat, cheese, veggies, etc

    I love it
    Rachel :bouncy:
     
  9. KindredSpirit

    KindredSpirit Well-Known Member

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    Thanks, I have a rival meat slicer. I never thought of it for veggies. I use it when I make homemade bread though. Works great! :)