I miss my stove. I am definitely not getting the hang of dehydrator "cooking." Although I've only tried two items, beet chips and mushrooms stuffed with a mock salmon pate, both were dismal failures.
The beet chips shriveled up to nothing, were too salty and too oily. I'll handle the sea salt shaker more lightly from now on, but I don't think I'll be going to the time and effort to make them again. More than 30 minutes prep and 2 days in the dehydrator, and they were gone in minutes. (My colleagues in the Features department will eat anything, as you can see.)
Not deterred, I decided to try something else. I had made a batch of mock salmon pate and had way too much to eat before it went bad. So on Glen's suggestion, I stuffed it into some mushrooms and stuck them in the dehydrator. I sounded like a nice combination and an easy snack to have handy.
I knew immediately the next morning they were a mistake. The odor was foul, and they tasted like the ash from a charcoal grill. But Joann liked them. So I gave them to her. She liked the beet chips too. I think that girl will eat anything.
But I will triumph. This weekend I'm taking the leftover almond pulp I have from making almond milk, mixing it with some coconut, agave and cinnamon, maybe a bit of cacao powder, and pressing into little balls. Then I'm going to pop those sweet babies into the dehydrator. How can I go wrong?