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    “T-Bags” ????? Just ordered a T-Bags “Super T”. Any one use the T-Bag brand ? What do ya think ? It’ll be going on the back of a 2008 Road King…I already have the luggage rack.

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      They are good bags. Well built and pretty damn dry.
      My brother in law got one for Father’s day (I think it was) a couple years ago. He was happier than a kid at Christmas.
      Great storage space, removable top bag.

      For me, I think it’s a little large. It would be easy to get too much weight up too high unless you watch how you pack.

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    How Do You Dry Fruit? You know how there’s dried fruit in grocery stores. I was wondering if you can dry fruit yourself and how you do it if you can?
    Could I buy a food dehydrator at a grocery store like lunds, cub foods, rainbow, etc?

    How much do they generally cost?

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      It takes a while but it dries the fruit. ?

      1. Select the Fruit

      Use only blemish-free fruits that are fully ripe but not overly ripe.

      2. Prepare the Fruit

      Wash, pit and slice the fruit. The smaller the pieces, the quicker they will dry. But keep all pieces uniform in size so they'll dry at the same time.

      3. Pretreating

      To preserve the color of the fruit, blanch or dip the fruit slices before drying them. There are several ways to do this. As indicated below, some methods work better for some fruits than others.

      Blanching (apricots, apples)
      Put slices in a steamer (or a colander suspended in a pot of boiling water) for five minutes then place fruit in ice water to stop the cooking. Drain and dry on towels.
      Ascorbic acid dip (all fruits)
      2 tbsp ascorbic acid or 5 1-gram crushed vitamin C tabs and 1 quart water

      Pectin dip (peaches, berries, cherries)
      Mix 1 box of powdered pectin with 1 cup water. Boil together for 1 minute, then add 1/2 cup sugar and enough cold water to make 2 cups.

      Honey dip (bananas, peaches, pineapples)
      Mix 3 cups waters and 1 cup sugar. Heat and then add 1 cup honey. Stir well.

      Juice dip (peaches, apples, bananas)
      Combine 1 quart pineapple juice, 1 quart lukewarm water and 1/4 cup bottled lemon juice.

      4. Drying

      Sun Drying
      a) Spread on screen for two to four days, turning slices over half way through the drying process.
      b) Bring inside at night to keep dew from collecting on the fruit.
      c) This method works best in climates with 100 degree heat and low humidity. Otherwise use caution, or try the oven.
      Oven Drying
      a) Place fruit directly on racks or first spread 100 percent cotton sheet or cheesecloth over oven racks. b) Preheat oven to 145 degrees, propping door open with wooden spoon to allow steam to escape.
      c) Allow 4 to 12 hours to dry the fruit.
      d) Food should be dry but pliable when cool. Test a few pieces to see if the batch is ready

      5. Post Drying

      Put food in a big dry open pot in a warm, dry, airy location. Stir once or twice a day for 10 days to two weeks.

      6. Pasteurize

      If you want to store the dried fruit for any great length of time, it is best to pasteurize the slices to destroy any insect eggs. To do this, when drying is complete, freeze the fruit for several days at zero degrees in a deep freeze (the freezer compartment of a refrigerator won't do), or heat in a 175 degree oven for 10-15 minutes

      7. Storage

      Store in airtight ziplock bags or glass containers kept inside paper bag to protect from light. Store in cool dry place. Since a refrigerator is cool and moist, keep the dried fruit there only in the heat of summer, but make sure the package is air tight.

      I hope this helps!

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    How Can I Clean Self Cleaning Oven Racks? It says take them out so i do but the racks look awful but we got a clean oven.

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      Put them into a plastic bag and squirt ammonia on them. Tie the bag shut and let it be until morning. Then put them into the bathtub and use an SOS scouring pad and warm water. They’ll clean up like magic. Rinse well and dry.

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    Okay Everyone, I Have A Bag Of Dried Fruit In The Pantry And Looking For A Way To Use It. See Details TY!? Hiya
    I have a pouch of dried blueberries, raspberries and blackberries.
    I need a way to use it. I can’t stand the gummy texture ( its yet another one my pet peeves, I hate things that stick in my teeth)
    So, I was thinking maybe reconstituteing and using in a cobbler or something. If so, how to do it properly, the whole point is, I do not want to waste it.
    Can you help? I’m not stuck on cobbler, so anything you come up with will be considered.

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      Rehydrating dried fruits

      raspberry bread
      BERRY BREAD Makes 2 loaves

      3 c All-purpose flour
      1 tb Cinnamon
      1 tb Baking soda
      1 t Salt
      1 1/4 c Vegetable oil
      3 Eggs
      1 c Sugar
      2 c Fresh strawberries/blueberry
      1 c Chopped nuts

      Combine the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.

      In large bowl of electric mixer, combine oil, eggs, and sugar, mixing well. Gradually add dry ingredients to creamed mixture, stirring until just moistened.

      Stir in berries and nuts. Spoon mixture into 2 greased and floured loaf pans.

      Bake at 1 hour at 350 deg F or until tested done.

      Cool in pans 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

      These freeze well; make multiple loaves with extra berries.

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