First time using the dehydrator (tomatoes, habaneros, and jalapenos)

Discussion in 'Drying/Dehydrating' started by smokingreg, Sep 18, 2013.

  1. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    Hey y'all.

    I just bought a Nesco FD-61 and am giving my first go with a very small batch of tomatoes and peppers.  I ended up cutting the stems off the habs, but leaving them whole.  I cut the jalapeno in half.  For the tomato, I wasn't sure what to do since it was a large tomato.  I ended up just slicing it like I normally would for sandwiches and then cutting that in half.

    Any other suggestions?


  2. chef willie

    chef willie Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Think you're on the right track. Follow the manufacture instructions and just watch to see how long it takes for your goodies to be done. I know my jerky goes much quicker than suggested in the booklet. Pictures would be appreciated when done..I've got some peppers myself I might dehydrate instead of can......Willie
  3. I dry a LOT of hot peppers every year. If you are going to crush the habs I would recommend cutting them in half - it will save you a lot of time drying & make them much easier to crush for pepper. You want them very crunchy if you are going that route. Otherwise if you're not in a hurry it is fine to let them whole  [​IMG]
  4. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    Thanks y'all.  They've been on for about 3 hrs.  I won't peek for a few more hours.

    I'm doing 135.

    I had to move the dehydrator out to the garage.  I noticed a burning in my lungs. [​IMG]
  5. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    This is after about 6 hrs.  The tomatoes shrank a little more than I anticipated.  Everything is a little sticky still.  The tomatoes are sticking a fair amount to the rack.  Does it looks like I'm on the right track?

  6. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    In hindsight, maybe i should've cut the tomatoes in wedges rather than slices.
  7. Looks like they are coming along just fine  [​IMG]    & yes - things with a lot of moisture will really shrink up when you dry them. I slice tomatoes thicker than yours so they have a little thickness left when they're done.
  8. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    • Add Spices
    If you wedge them try to squish them down a bit after they are partially dry.

    • Store Bought and mine
    • This weeks batch
  9. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks good to me.

    Make sure they're pliable when you pull the matoes.

    I don't sweat them sticking but some folks use cooking spray or start them on a fruit rollup tray or one of those non stick ones with the holes in it.

    I just flip mine if the tops are dry enough not to stick or just move them around a bit.
  10. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    wow.  that looks fantastic.
  11. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    what did you put on those awesome looking tomatoes?
  12. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Think about adding Todd's Q-Matz to your dehydrator.....  Stuff don't stick.....   these raisins "almost" slid off the matz.....    Dave

  13. bkleinsmid

    bkleinsmid Smoking Fanatic

    I'm with Dave on those matz........they work great.

  14. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    For the Nesco they have a few different alternatives to non stick mats.

    You can spice anyway you want, my first batch was Basil, Oregano and Sage.

    This batch was Onion powder, Garlic salt, Oregano, Parsley and Basil.
  15. smokingreg

    smokingreg Smoke Blower

    I'm going to do this tomorrow or Saturday.  Any preference on tomato type?  We've got some German Queen tomatoes, but I can always buy a couple from the store.
  16. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    From what I have researched, many prefer the fleshier tomatoes, I use whatever comes off the vine from that year. And they are just as good if not better than the storebought maters.
  17. paul01

    paul01 Newbie

    Wow its so fab...

Share This Page