Mary Bell's Comp Dehydrator Cookbook Hardcover – May 23 1994
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About the Author
Mary Bell has spent more than twenty years traveling around the country demonstrating food dehydrators and food drying techniques. When not on the road, she divides her time between Madison, Wisconsin, and Lanesboro, Minnesota, where she and her husband work at the Forest Resource Center, an environmental education facility. She is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and holds a master's degree from Saint Mary's College.
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This book is old, 1994, that is 20 years old. It is outdated. There are newer machines now, and this book is lacking
in detailed directions in an organized layout, that address the new machines with timers and various temperatures. I did not notice that it was so old when I bought it. I was hoping for a reference book, with instructions, on each food item, in a well organized format. It seems to be more of a book describing various food items, describing the water % content of foods and how to choose the raw foods for dehydrating. Information at the front of book is general information and the pages for each food item lack the details for slicing thickness, temperature, time, how to tell when each food is done, and lacks a useful summary chart. The book does have occasional tips but it is not consistent. Occasional tips such as dip in lemon juice etc. If this is your only book and you are a newbie at dehydrating, you will need another book. The layout of the book is not enjoyable for a how-to book. Poor quality paper is used which is very thin and you can see through to the other side, and there are vertical lines running through the print . See uploaded image of the inside. If you are looking for a reference book to quickly look up how to dehydrate a certain food item, and get the job done, this is not the book.
If sent back to Amazon, will cost shipping to return. Not worth the purchase.Too much money to send back.Read more ›
This is the best basic book I've seen for preserving foods through dehydration. Not only does she tell you what you need to do *before* you dry it, but she tells you what you can do with the stuff after it's dried. Recipes that are useable, recipes for camping, and some that will surprise you - this is a very comprehensive book.
This is a must-have for backpackers who want every ounce to count, since dried foods weigh so little. A must for parents who read the "Fruit Roll-ups" label in horror: make your own fruit leathers! She'll tell you how to make fantastic beef jerky, too.
If you dry foods, you need this book.
After I read it almost entirely in one night, I find it a great reference to go back to, whenever I'm considering dehydrating something new. I couldn't compare this with other titles on dehydrating food since I haven't read them, but I'm quite satisfied with this one. Addition of dehydrated pictures would be a great addition however.
I had been hoping to find out how to dry dairy products such as cheddar cheese and eggs. I will say I was disappointed to find out that there is not much you can do at home to dry dairy products. I tried drying Cheddar cheese shreds, anyway. Seemed like a good idea at the time. What a mistake! I was peeling that greesy, clumpy stuff from my trays for 45 minutes. Thank goodness I only 'tested' 2 trays worth!! I guess if Mary says "Don't do it", from now on I won't.
There are many, many items which will dry successfully and just as many variations which you can try out. This book leads you through the process and offers helpful tips and hints along the way. I feel I received very good value for the modest price.
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we are back country canoeists and the recipes and ideas in this book will find their way to our camping menu.Published 28 days ago by Bruce A. Herchenrader
This book give excellent and well written directions for beginner or advanced. Every tip and guide
is there before you start. Results turn out great. Read more
She sure knows her stuff regarding a dehydrator.
Was great reference for my presentation in front of the canoe club.
I'm a first time dehydrator so I was pleased to find that there are few assumptions made in this book; it's great for beginners and advanced as well. Read morePublished on July 25 2013 by Daniel Abraham
Very easy to understand literature - However, not to many pictures but lots of recipes and gives great ideas for other than fruits, etc...Published on April 26 2002 by A. Nalicat