I got a dehydrator last year that I absolutely love. Best purchase I made for my kitchen. Nothing special. It’s just a Nesco, but boy does it do a nice job and I can’t imagine going back.
What are your must haves for the fruit you guys rake in for the orchard?
I have a Nesco as well, it’s not that fancy but it did a good job on my hot peppers. Afterwards I grinded them up for hot pepper flakes/powder.
A good price for my model, but one can always spend more money on fancier ones:
What kind of grinder are you using?
I just used one of our small electric coffee grinders. You can put maybe a cup of broken pieces in it. I was worried about it stinking like peppers, but a good wiping with soap and water helped. I don’t grind much of anything with it anyways, so it’s not a big deal if it even smells a bit after cleaning. I’ve had it over ten years, it was pretty cheap then.
I forget the brand name, but it looks something like this one.
A salad spinner. I like dry lettuce, not drippy lettuce, and there’s really no good way to wash lettuce well and get it to dry quickly, except for a salad spinner.
I love the Nutribullet. Great for smoothies. Don’t have much fruit from my orchard to run through it but it doesn’t have any problems withstore bought fruit.
I use a 5 gallon spinner that I rigged to be drill powered for a small scale market, but if doing a pound or less it is much easier to toss it in a mesh laundry bag and spin it around outside. One key to getting it really dry with any spinning method is to mix the lettuce around a little between spins, water gets trapped in concave portions of the leaves.
A Sev maker and my Nespresso machine.
Definitely dehydrator and vitamix blender.
Could probably use the oven to dehydrate, but the vitamix has no substitute.
I love my Vitamix too… It’s about 4 years old and I’ve been using it almost everyday!
I agree!. I have an OXO model and I love it. I do not like wet lettuce either.
I’d love to have a Vitamix but then I keep thinking I could have a new stove or new dishwasher. lol They must be good for the price they are going for.
Bread machine, refrigerator, stove, toaster
Electric: Dehydrator, salad shooter (old, simple, irreplaceable for making veggie sauté to freeze for winter ), blender, meat grinder(can also grind other staff).
Manual: Weston Roma Tomato Strainer, Onion chopper( for garlic actually, not for onion)
Day Dream: Induction stove
We also have a Ninja blender, that thing just shreds stuff, almost too well. The Doodette uses it mostly to pureé Garbanzo beans for hummus.
Pillow case works for this also.
Same here! …Less clutter in the kitchen. But I use a flour sack towel - there’s always a clean one in the kitchen drawer, and the water goes right through it as you stand out on the back porch step, spinning away. As a bonus, outdoor spinning has some entertainment value when having guests. A friend who showed me this years ago, when over to my house for dinner, called it a “French salad spinner”.