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Old Oct 13, 2011, 12:45 pm   #11
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Frank you'er right!! It was dried Bay Leaves I used. NOT Basil. But from what you posted above, it looks like basil would work too? this is the first time I have ever used a dehydrator (Harvestor) To dry mushrooms. I have use the dehydrator to make only jerky. I have dried out honeys the old fasion way, which is in an low heated oven with the door part open. The hens I have aways cook with butter, onions, garlic and then froze the mixture. But, I dont think I will ever go back to the oven drying medthod again. So far, the dehydrator is the way to go.
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 4:06 am   #12
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Once we leave the oven method, no one goes back to it Ted.
Too much heat. It'll work in a pinch if you're careful, but air drying with fan & screen or dehydrator is the best!

Glad you got a dryer. I love mine and use it much more than just mushrooms. Onions, Garlic, Peppers, herbs and what have you.
You'll find you can't live without on after this. Faster & neater.

One thing I learned is not to dry herbs that are very lightweight (like celery leaves) by just laying on the tray.
My excalilber fan blows them all over the place. So now I lay the herbs on a screen and use another screen on top of them to hold in place. Cuts down on the amount of trays you use, but you don't need a whisk broom to gather them when done either. LOL
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Old Oct 14, 2011, 8:41 am   #13
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I have a "Harvestor" dehydrator. Plus I bought six extra plastic trays screens for it. So now, I can stack the trays upright over each other. When all of the trays are stacked, the dehydrator is about 2 foot tall. Frank, let me understand how I use the added screems for additional weight. The plastic trays (screens) I have are round and stackable. Can I cut additional round metal screens from door screen material to fit inside the plastic Harvestor screens. That way, I could lay the metal screens over the herbs for weight and still use the plastic screens made for the dehydrator. Do you think that would that work? You'er right. A dehydrator is so much easier then an oven. It just sets there doing it's job. Hours later you're done. You dont have to deal with oven heat, no burning, no tieing up the oven for hours. It just is the better way to go. I think my dehydrator cost under hundred bucks with the extra trays. I got it at Farm and Fleet as a gift for making Jerky. Farm and Fleet has many accessories and products for drying all kind of items.
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Old Oct 15, 2011, 4:55 am   #14
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I'm not familer with the Harvestor. I have an Excalibur dehydrator.
My trays have a removable plastic or nylon screen that lays on a tray frame. So I just use one screen on top of another one.

Just about anything to weight them and keep from blowing around would work. I'd stay away from metal screens myself.

If your dehydrator doesn't have the removable screens, Just pick up some nylon screen material at hardware and cut to fit. And then lay that on top of the leaves of herbs. It don't take much, and it may not even be a problem with yours, seeing as yours blows vertical while mine blows horizontal.
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