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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

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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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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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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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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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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.
Thanks M.R. !!!
 

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I have the same dehydrator and I love it :) but both times I've tried to dehydrate corn, they never got completely crunchy. They're always chewy! The first batch was canned corn, the batch I have going now is frozen, and it's been almost 24 hours at 135 degrees.

Does this happen to anyone else? Is it supposed to be chewy?
 

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Sun isn't at important as wind. The sun can destroy a lot of nutrients. So depending on what you're drying, sun might not be advisable. I did do this however with some cooked pinto beans. Why dehydrate beans you ask? Well, I work away from home outside except in the winter months. I'm prepping now to be on the road until October. If I cook my beans or rice ahead of time, then dehydrate them, I can actually re-hydrate them in a black or metal container with some water and seasonings, in my car on the dash from the sun or quickly cook over a rocket stove if the weather isn't cooperating. It saves a ton of money.
 
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