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Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

Hello lovely raw food people,

I'm new to the raw food game. I'm debating on whether or not to buy a dehydrator, because I'm not sure I'll love the taste of the food it makes.

Is anyone currently using a dehydrator regularly?
Would you be interested in showing me how to use it... and perhaps so I can see how big... and how loud it is?

I'd love to taste the food too....
I can bring the recipes and ingredients plus something to drink!!

Thanks so much.
Vanessa

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Hello lovely raw food people,
Eh? Is this the latest food-fad then? Raw Soylent Green?
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

Don't know if it's so new... I've just started adding more raw foods with juices and more salads/fruits and have had a great energy response.

Just curious for more...
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

I know quite a bit about juicers, have my own seed sprouter, make my own yoghurt but I have yet to get a dehydrator. My problem with them, all of the new versions are made of plastic Stöckli seems to be the popular brand here. The older, used ones on Ricardo with the metal grates go for 70francs and more. But the new ones in the stores are all plastic
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I have a dehydrator with about 8 trays that I use mainly for wild mushrooms- but intend to use with fruit and veg too. Mine is a Stockli, and it is very quiet. It comes with a book with lots of advice and 'recipes' on how to dry different foods.

I wouldn't describe myself as a 'raw food' person though, just a hunter-gatherer

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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

curious about juicers and blenders too...i want a vitamix but sooo expensive
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

I thought that dehydrators were only for producing fancy powders for Michelin fanciness, or for storage - but seems like there is something else?

What is the advantage of dehydrated raw food over......you know.....raw food?
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

I like a dehydrator, but only if I have the volume, otherwise it is easier and much cheaper to buy the produce and I find that most dehydrators get used once or twice then gather dust for a year or two then get relegated to either the attic or e-bay.
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

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I too have a Stoeckli, but only three trays.

I use it mainly for chiles and tomatoes, sometimes fruit.

Should try making jerky sometime.

In any case, I only use it for preserving, not for something I'm going to use now.

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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

I also bought one and plan to use it in making beef jerky, has anyone tried this?
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Re: Dehydrator - Anyone using one in Basel?

Hello everyone,

Regarding dehydrators...
I'd love to give up normal wheat bread... for something made of nuts/sprouts. It seems you can make wraps out of various veggies/sprouts/nuts and they look amazing. I'm just wary of how it tastes and what the texture is like.

I'm also worried about the size of the dehydrator, the noise and the plastic trays inside.

We currently juice spinach, carrots, apples, ginger, cucumber and other green things. This is super!!

We make our own Kefir and Kombucha... this is also GREAT.

So if anyone has a dehydrator and wants to try out a recipe together, I'm game! (in the Basel area..)

Cheers!
Vanessa

PS Benefits of raw food is more nutrients, more natural digestive enzymes, more life energy, and antioxidants/detox etc. etc.

I won't be totally raw.. but adding in a bit more seems like it would be a good thing.
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I thought that dehydrators were only for producing fancy powders for Michelin fanciness, or for storage - but seems like there is something else?

What is the advantage of dehydrated raw food over......you know.....raw food?
Hello...

The advantage of the dehydrated raw vs. raw raw

1) Concentrated: You can eat more of the veg/fruit and maybe get more vitamins inside all in one shot. So you can eat 5 apples dehydrated versus getting full on just the one apple.

2) Fun: Some veggies taste better dehydrated than when raw. For example you can make Kale Chips... kale is very bitter... but with some salt and olive oil and dehydrated... even kids love'em. Better to eat them dried than not at all.

3) Alternative to Bread: You can make your own bread/wrap out of vegetables/grains instead of store bought wheat breads

4) Variety: Sometimes eating raw vegetable after vegetable can get boring... having a crispy dry texture like a chip or cracker can be welcoming!!

5) Practical: The dehydrated version lasts longer and is very portable for when travelling or going to work

These are just some of the ideas I've heard and can't wait to try it for myself
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The advantage of the dehydrated raw vs. raw raw

1) Concentrated: You can eat more of the veg/fruit and maybe get more vitamins inside all in one shot. So you can eat 5 apples dehydrated versus getting full on just the one apple.
But you know that by eating NORMAL and balanced food you get all the vitamins you need without chastising youself by eating tons of fruit and artificial vitamins?
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yeah sure! I don't like artificial anything!
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