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Old 08-16-2014, 04:48 PM
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I'm disappointed. So far I've dehydrated sweet potato and beef liver, and I can't tell when they're all finished. The smaller/thinner pieces are of course finished faster than the larger/thicker pieces. I get that. The beef livers were still a bit spongy when I stopped them, but I just thought for sure they must be done. I know now--they weren't.
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it takes practice.... but hang in there..... the doggies will appreciate it....
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Thanks for the vote of confidence! Oh, the dogs are loving them and don't care it they're spongy. lol I tend to be one of the people that doesn't do well without 1..2..3 instructions and know exactly how to do something and exactly how it should look when it's finished.
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I went thru the same things you are now going thru when I got my dehydrator.... but after using it once a week for their 'treats', I found what works and doesn't work... for me and the doggies... Last week I did Bananas.... doggies weren't crazy about them but I was
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I'm trying my dehydrator for the first time today. This morning, I made jerky with ground beef adding the seasoning that came with the dehydrator and using the little "gun" to pump it into strips. Fur kids got grass fed, free range lean ground beef!!!!!! It is drying right now and it sure smells good. They give a range of 6-14 hours. I can see how your frustrated. I'm hoping it will be around 10 hours or I'll be getting up in the middle of the night to check on it. I bought sweet potatoes too....going to try those next. I have bought sweet potato chews before and my crew loves them.
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Here's our process so far....

Getting ready! Prince and Sapphire giving their approval.



Sapphire checking out the raw jerky (before drying)



Pumping it out!

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Looks great!! I want to try that too. I let you be the guinea pig for the jerky! Hahaha. Don't worry about one thing...if the pups love sweet potatoes, even if you don't feel like it's "quite right" the first time, they will love them anyway, and you can keep trying. Trust me!! LOL

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The next thing I think I'm going to try is some stew meat. There was a way to cook that in the book.
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