andystarr (andystarr) wrote in vegancooking,

food dehydrator questions

 I am going camping a lot this summer and thus plan on making a lot pack-friendly snacks and meals. I was planning on buying a food dehydrator this past weekend with my Bed, Bath and Beyond coupon but with a mention of this to my grandma, she was reminded that she had one that she only used a handful of times and would love for me to have. So yay, free food dehydrator! So I have a question. I have some frozen tofu that I would like to turn into tofu jerky (recipe from Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin') and some strawberries I froze about a month ago from the farmer's market to turn into fruit leather (also from Lipsmackin' Vegetarian Backpackin'). Since I am pureeing the strawberries, I don't think that would be much of an issue (if it is, please let me know!) but I am a little concerned about the tofu since the texture of tofu changes completely once it has been frozen.  Can I dehydrate things in the food dehydrator that have been frozen after they have been completely thawed?

***UPDATE*** So I did some experimenting and this is what happened. The strawberry leather came out a little bit too crispy and not as leathery as I had wanted but that may been because I left it in too long. The directions said 8-12 hours and I left in for 10. I do not recommend using frozen tofu unless you are going to be watching it. With the exception of a couple pieces, they all dried out too quickly and became too hard. I mean they are still edible but not jerky. I left these in for about 8 hours, so I may just half this in the future. I think if you are pureeing once frozen fruits or vegetables it should be fine but I would be weary of tofu unless you will be around to watch it. 
Tags: -appliances-food dehydrators, -freezing-foods
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