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InvisiblePeterthinks
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cheap dehydrator
    #3385993 - 11/19/04 09:02 PM (12 years, 21 days ago)

I saw this on Good Eats on the food network a while ago.
a cheap fast dehydrator.
Enjoy
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SCENE 12
The Kitchen
Most of the instructions that you see for drying herbs at home require that you spread out all your greenery on window screens or hang them up from racks made out of coat hangers, and, you like, leave them for a month in an empty room. So you need a lot of space, you need a lot of time, and you still end up with herbs covered in dust and little bitty dead bugs. Luckily, that is not going to happen to us. [Camera tilts slightly to look at air filters covering table with herbs laid out on them] They're air filters. You know, furnace filters, from the hardware store.
[Camera pans slightly to look at all the filters]
You see the logic, don't you? Wait, wait. [stacks herb-covered filters] And then ... [places one more empty filter on top] One more on top. See what I'm getting at? No. Okay.
We have here what would appear to be a plain, ordinary, innocent box fan. But it's more. Much more. [straps stacked filters to front of fan with bungee cords with hooks, sets the fan up in normal position and turns it on] Let this run, blowing nice, herbal air into the room of your choice for 12 hours. Then flip the pack around the other way, strap it back on, and go for another 12. In 24 hours total, this is what you'll have ...
... [shows dried herbs on the filters] perfectly dried herbs. So crisp that [snaps a leaf] they're like potato chips. Now as far as harvesting goes, just take these in your hand, over a flexible mat or a piece of paper, and rub. And just pick out the stems as you go. There. And as for storage, just go with a sealable tin. You want to keep these away from light. There. And repeat. You can either mix them up or keep them in separate tins. What to do with this? Well, a lot of things. But consider these options.
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taken from here...see link for pictures of the thing.
http://www.goodeatsfanpage.com/Season7/Herbs/HerbalPreservation.htm


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: Peterthinks]
    #3386012 - 11/19/04 09:07 PM (12 years, 21 days ago)

hmmm, very interesting


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: Tweexican]
    #14556637 - 06/03/11 07:22 PM (5 years, 6 months ago)

Bumping an old thread here...anybody have any first hand experience with this method?
I have a harvest coming up soon and I just realized that my dehydrator does not have a temp adjustment and pretty sure it's at 160 degrees all the time which I don't think I need or want. 

This looks like a cheap and viable alternative...if it works.


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: ely2121]
    #14556690 - 06/03/11 07:37 PM (5 years, 6 months ago)

the method works well, a little search would have shown you hundreds of methods including this one that are effective including using your dehydrator

there wasnt a need to bump a 6yo thread


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: Prisoner#1]
    #14556862 - 06/03/11 08:18 PM (5 years, 6 months ago)

My apologies for the bump but I am a huge Alton Brown fan, I remember watching that episode specifically and found nothing else via search on this specifically.
I am well aware of the countless other methods for drying. Just looking for something an old friend recommended :smile:

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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: ely2121]
    #14629398 - 06/17/11 07:49 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

I've thought about building a dehydrator like this, but the corrugated filters like the ones he uses are almost impossible to find.


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: Baby_Hitler]
    #14629731 - 06/17/11 08:48 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

That's been my problem as well.
Went to Home Depot and Lowes but could not decide on what type of filter to use. There are hundreds too!
None of them looked like what AB used in his episode.


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: ely2121]
    #14630256 - 06/17/11 10:28 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

seen a tek on here a while ago some dude built he own with the same basically idea only a lot bigger. Was like a big cabinet w/ a box fan under it and up off the ground enough to move the air. went threw a bunch of screens of mushrooms and out the top. he could open the front and pull the tray out like you would think of like a dresser.


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Re: cheap dehydrator [Re: ely2121]
    #14633473 - 06/18/11 02:40 PM (5 years, 5 months ago)

My brother has built one, and he says he found pretty much the exact same filters at some dollar store for about a buck each.


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