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Dehydrating carrots slices for pony treats

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hedgerow farm
Breeding Stock
Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 109
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 - 10:53 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I was thinking about trying dehydrated carrot slices for a treat for my ponies, has anyone out there done this? I have never used a dehydrator before, which one do you recommend? How long do they last before molding? Any helpful tips would be appreciated. Thank you.
 

Diana Gilger
Senior Stallion or Mare
Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3632
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 08:09 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

mine is by American Harvest, you can buy it at any wal mart. It's easy to use. If you get all the moisture out of them, and then store them in a ziploc, they'll last probably a week or more. I make jerky in mine, and even though it has fat in it, (which is what goes moldy from staying wet)it still lasts about a week. Carrots would probably do very much better. And though I have never done carrots, i have done apples!! The horses LOVE them!
 

hedgerow farm
Breeding Stock
Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 110
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 08:17 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Diana. How long does it take to to apples?
 

Diana Gilger
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Username: Kdgilger

Post Number: 3633
Registered: 01-2008
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 02:37 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

it takes several hours to do apples. Fruit always takes longer than jerky because it is mostly water. If you really REALLY love your horses, (LOL) you'll marinate it in brown sugar and HOT water before dehydrating. Also, when i've done apples, I've done apple chips (very thin slices) so that they dry quicker and dont' retain moisture. I'd think they would be easier to do than carrots would for that reason...it's hard to slice a carrot thin, unless you use a slicer/processor thingy.
 

hedgerow farm
Breeding Stock
Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 113
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Wednesday, September 15, 2010 - 10:02 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm thinking carrot slices for the ponies and apple slices for me!
 

Deb Anderson
Breeding Stock
Username: Bobs_mom

Post Number: 193
Registered: 12-2008
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 12:22 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

works Great and they absolutely LOVE them all :-):-):-) As well as us human's as we trail ride. That is when we give them the treats and they love us!!
 

hedgerow farm
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Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 117
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 - 09:00 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Thanks Deb
What kind of dehydrator do you use, how thick do you slice the carrots and how long do you have them in the dehydrator?
 

Tahra Roberts
Neonate
Username: Tahrar

Post Number: 8
Registered: 09-2010
Posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 - 12:46 am:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have a cliant that brings me dehydrated apples and aprocots for the horses. One of my guys loves the aprocots:-) they are a lot softer but he is happy. We keep them in a cookie jar in the tack room. We feed the horses all the time and enjoy them as well. We refil about every 4 days so have never put them to a lasting test. Also keep a suply of the sour gummy wormes. One of the boarders is the cutest Welsh POA cross and he sucks on the wormes before eating them.
 

hedgerow farm
Breeding Stock
Username: Lotsofponies

Post Number: 119
Registered: 03-2009
Posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 - 08:46 pm:   Edit Post Delete Post    Move Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I have called all my friends and no one has a dehydrator so I'm going to have to break down and buy one. I had hoped to borrow one and try it before buying one but with the positive response from you all I'm going to go for it. Thanks everyone.



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