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Dehydrated Corn on the cheap

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    Dehydrated Corn on the cheap

    Instead of using frozen corn for dehydrating we decided to try some canned corn. A #10 can was $3.48 for 6 pounds at our local warehouse store. Almost half the cost of frozen corn.


    We did rinse the corn to remove the starchy water.

    Approximately 1 pound per tray

    Ready!

    6 pounds of corn in a 1 quart jar, ready for vacuuming.
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    That's awesome - I hate bying dehydrated foods - I feel ripped off at all the open space in the can.

    PS I do not have the equpment to deydrate anything and need to evaluate that - what is that one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripon View Post
    That's awesome - I hate bying dehydrated foods - I feel ripped off at all the open space in the can.

    PS I do not have the equpment to deydrate anything and need to evaluate that - what is that one?
    Check out Nesco. They make very good, and relatively inexpensive dehydrators. Ours is 750 watts. Best thing I ever bought.

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    I have a Nesco - first one I bought. Then purchased an Excalibur. That was much spendier but I like the square trays and not having to rotate the trays for even drying. I found it is much quieter also. That said - I use them both when I have a lot to dehydrate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ripon View Post
    Check around. I think ours was cheaper on Amazon.

    I would also pick up some extra screen trays and drip trays.

    For your first attempt make some fruit leather. You'll be hooked for life.

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    I understand that rehydrating the corn will give you a source to have corn for supper, not a bad idea.

    I buy 50lb bags of corn at the feed store for $12.99 which cannot be rehydrated but can be ground for corn bread, etc.

    I would guess your $3.50 can of corn netted you about 9 ounces of dried corn, for calories per dollar the 50lb bags are a better deal if you have a way to grind it.
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    How long did you have it in there? My mother in law bought me a RONCO 5 tray dehydrator and it seems to work okay. But the times seem to be hit and miss with me. I finally have my wife on board with some food storage so I broke it out a few days ago and I don't think I've shut it off except to reload it. Did a couple of pears, an apple and and a couple of bananas. I figured out with this one it has to at least 24 hours with tray rotation and all that. I have some garden fresh Zucchini in it right now.

    Good news is she'll be here in a few weeks and is bringing me a food saver. Maybe while she's here I can talk her into a pressure canner AND a vacuum sealer for jars.

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    I would not rinse the starch off the corn. Starch helps the body process the corn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdogbuc View Post
    How long did you have it in there? My mother in law bought me a RONCO 5 tray dehydrator and it seems to work okay. But the times seem to be hit and miss with me. I finally have my wife on board with some food storage so I broke it out a few days ago and I don't think I've shut it off except to reload it. Did a couple of pears, an apple and and a couple of bananas. I figured out with this one it has to at least 24 hours with tray rotation and all that. I have some garden fresh Zucchini in it right now.

    Good news is she'll be here in a few weeks and is bringing me a food saver. Maybe while she's here I can talk her into a pressure canner AND a vacuum sealer for jars.
    A tip on dehydrating, load the trays on a sunny day and put them out in the sun for 2 hours, then start the dehydrator. You should be able to dry most items in 8 hours.
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