Not one to really look or follow directions....I just put the squash in the crockpot with seasonings (down south that includes bacon grease) and added hot water. Turned it on high and let it go...... you can tell a difference from fresh, but it was still good and hubby ate it. That's the test - will he eat it and will he eat it again. Both answers were yes! Next summer more squash in the dehydrator!