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Mary Bell's Comp Dehydrator Cookbook [Hardcover]

Mary Bell
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Book Description

May 23 1994

Far from being a fad, food dyhydrating is one of the most ancient, effective, and nutritous ways of preserving food. Now, at last, there is a book that teaches absolutely everything there is to know about using an electric food dyhydrator to dry foods at home -- and gives more than 100 foolproof recipes for scrumptious snacks and meals made from dried foods.

With this extraordinary book, you can learn how to cross junk food and expensive store-bought snacks off your family's shopping list -- and add to your cupboard homemade, preservative-free fruit leathers, candied apricots, beef (and fish) jerkies, "sun" dried tomotoes, corn chips, banana chips, and so much more!

Mary Bell gives specific techniques and instructions for preparing every kind of fruit (from apples to watermelon) and vegetable (from asparagus to zucchini). She also provides important shopping tips for buying an electric food dehydrator. The recipes for cooked meals (including mushroom soup, sloppy joes, pesto, and moist banana bread) will make this book a kitchen classic. And recipes for lightweight, filling trail snacks mean that the book will travel, too.

Additional chapters explain to how make herb seasonings, granolas, celery powder, cosmetics, dried fruit sugars, potpourri -- and even pet treats!

Food drying is an excellent way for gardeners to preserve their produce. It is a great way to make healthful snacks for the kids. It's perfect for the new wave of thrifty consumers who can't bear to spend dollars at health food stores for treats they cold make for pennies themselves. And food drying doesn't use chemicals or preservatives—so it's great for you and for the planet, too!

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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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1.0 out of 5 stars Not what i expected - Not recommended. April 12 2014
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Based on reviews and recommendations elsewhere, I purchased this book. The layout is more like a reading book. Amazon does not have a view inside for this book which if they did , I would not have ordered this book. I have now uploaded a sample page from inside.
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.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The "bible" for dehydrating foods. Sept. 24 2002
If you have a food dehydrator collecting dust somewhere, get this book and haul it out!
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.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
I bought this after I bought my dehydrator, although I would have bought a better dehydrator if I had read this before. This book gives several great reasons why you should consider a dehydrator, and how to make the most of it. I could have never imagined making a tofu cracker, for instance!!
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Well-written, valuable food drying resource! April 2 1999
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Mary Bell's years of experience dehydrating food really shows up in this comprehensive book. The book is interesting reading as well as practical. Mary tells you how to dry the different kinds of foods then continues the discussion with recipes and other ways to use your dried produce.
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Mary Bell's comp Dehydrator cookbook April 25 2014
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Of all the books I order on Amazon, this is the first book I was dissappointed with. I don't find it appealing to read and will donate it to the thrift store as I won't use it. I wanted recipes that would be fun to make with my dehydrator. I am still looking for a colorful recipe book for dehydrating cookies, snacks ect.
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5.0 out of 5 stars well written Nov. 6 2013
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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.
I would recommend this book for any one just starting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Comprehensive July 25 2013
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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. There are tons of different recipes and strategies for drying foods, so I think I will be drawing from it's pages for years to come. I especially like the section on backpacker foods since I love multi day trips. All in all I think that for the price you really can't go wrong.
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