food preservation

Submitted: Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
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Hi read briefly about drying food to take camping has anybody any experiance in this area i know that to buy dried foods costs an arm and a leg. believe that plastic drying units are available but are they any good regards and happy new year peter
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Reply By: Mick - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Peter - I can't help with your drying question but I found a butcher yesterday who will cryovac meat portions at no additional cost over the cost of the meat. With refrigeration meat will last up to 6 months, not sure without refrigeration.
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Mick - six months - I think 30 days at between 4° and 6°C maximum
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Follow Up By: Bob Y. - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Mick, Cryovaced meat will only last a few hours, out of fridge, less in extreme temperatures. Should be really tender just before it goes "off". Marinading in vinegar will take away taste before cooking, if you think the meat may be a bit suss. Happy new year...
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Peter, We have one of those plastic food dryers, have mainly made jerky in it, but the only problem was it didn't last more than a couple of days. We ate it all, almost as fast as we made it. Takes a couple of days to dry a batch, and of course with the drying, there is a substantial lose in bulk. We are in a dry climate, not near the coast, so it may take longer in humid conditions.

There are numerous recipes for jerky on the net, no doubt for other veges, fruit etc. Happy new year to you, too.
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Reply By: OziExplorer - Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00

Tuesday, Dec 31, 2002 at 01:00
Peter, I have one of these:
http://www.centre.net.au/Fowler_Vacola_Ultimate_Dehydrator_00064P.html
and use it all the time to dry food. Even though I have an evaKool fridge, I use it for things like capsicum, tomatoes, nearly all fruits and things that don't last or take up a lot of space like capsicum do. We also use it to make museli bars and all sorts of goodies. Would have paid for itself ten times over.
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Reply By: Lyds - Wednesday, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:00
I saw an advertrial on a compact FoodSaver vacuum sealer machine from DANOZ. Anyone seen them in action?
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Follow Up By: Oziexplorer - Wednesday, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:00

Wednesday, Jan 01, 2003 at 01:00
I have never seen one in action, but have seen the Danoz advert. If it was in a real shop that I could see it work and try it, I would buy one if I liked it. With the reputation of Danoz I would not touch it. I buy a substantial amount online, but Danoz is bottom of the barrel stuff.
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Follow Up By: Exploroz - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 14:19

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 14:19
Maralyn posted this follow up
I have only had it for two months. . Havent tried to purchase bags from anyone other than Danoz. They tell you bags are reusable, which is OK when at home, dont think I would be bothered when out in the desert. But it works extremely well, as I said I believe it removes more air than some butchers machines do. We have used it for the Christmas ham etc. and played with lots of other things in the past month. Comes with a bottle stopper which we will start using for wine etc. Cant complain at all so far.Very easy to use.
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Reply By: ExplorOz - Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00

Sunday, Jan 05, 2003 at 01:00
I know its getting off the subject that was asked about, dehydraters, but we did buy a" food saver machine" from danoz and extremel;y happy with it. Have used cryovaced meat from butchers around Aust and what we can do now at home is equally as good, some even better.Definitely would recommend it. Maralyn
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Follow Up By: Peter - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
thanks very much for the advise . please expand -what can it do and how does it do it regards peter
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Follow Up By: Lyds - Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00

Monday, Jan 06, 2003 at 01:00
Have you had it long?

Can you get replacement bags anywhere else?

cheers,

Stuart
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Reply By: viking - Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 00:26

Wednesday, Jan 08, 2003 at 00:26
My wife has a Sunbeam Food Dryer and she has made jerky and dried things like chili/capsicum and fruits. The jerky is over a year old and is still delicious. We lived in a humid area at that time (still do, now it's humid AND hot!) so it took a while to do the jerky (overnight at least).
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