Dehydrate food for crabs

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Dehydrate food for crabs

Post by jdauby09 » Sat Oct 20, 2018 7:46 pm

Has anyone had any luck with dehydrating fruits and vegetables for their crabs?

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Re: Dehydrate food for crabs

Post by PinchersAndShells » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:39 am

Many crabbers do this. You can use a dehydrator or use an oven.
I personally have had success drying things in the oven before. I leave the door cracked and set the temperature as low as I can get it, let it go for awhile and check up on things occasionally (it can take several hours.)
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Post by GotButterflies » Tue Oct 23, 2018 9:46 am

I use a dehydrator and an oven all of the time! :) It depends on what I'm dehydrating. :)
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Post by Motörcrab » Mon Nov 05, 2018 9:20 pm

We just scored a Nesco American Harvest dehydrator with 4 extra racks and tray liners on Craigslist yesterday for $40! I have my fist batch of stuff in it now! Bananas, strawberries, kiwi, blueberries, pineapple, tomatoes, carrots, and broccoli.

We bought a small cheap dehydrator a few months ago. Everytime we used it the plastic trays cracked more and more. After 3 or 4 uses it was worthless.

I'm excited to see how well it works and to try dehydrating all kinds of stuff.

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Post by Motörcrab » Wed Nov 07, 2018 1:10 pm

Here is my first batch of dehydred food. Broccoli, kiwi, cherry tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, pineapple, and banana. For my carrots, broccoli, I steamed them for 2 minutes before dehydrating, it's supposed to change the cell structure to help dehydrate better. The tomatoes, and blueberries I boiled to open up the skins.

Everything was ready the following morning about 8-10 hours except the bananas and blueberries. After work 18- hours later the bananas we're ready, the blueberries took another 4-5 hours almost 24 hours total.

I can see why it cost so much when you order this stuff. It's a lot of prep work and time. It's not hard just a little time consuming cutting, steaming, dipping, and boiling before the stuff is ready to dehydrate. 3 bananas got me about 1 1/2 small baby food jars. A tray of strawberries equal about 1 jar. With our food rotation this batch should easily get us about 2 months of feedings for 14-15 crabs in 2 tanks.ImageImageImage

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Re: Dehydrate food for crabs

Post by RiNiKy506 » Wed Nov 07, 2018 5:38 pm

Nice! They look like they turned out good.


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