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How to dehydrate fruits + veg

My name is Kiesha, and I am a gadget addict in recovery. I don’t buy them often anymore {except for my latest purchase}, but once I learned all the things you can do with a dehydrator, I was on board. I spent weeks researching and decided I needed the largest one I could get {God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change}. It comes as no surprise that I don’t use it daily but it’s really great for making a batch of snacks.

{see my banana chips here

The dehydrator

I have the Excalibur dehydrator, and it is a workhorse. Excalibur is the creme de la creme of dehydrators {I will give my budget recommendations below}. You can opt for a smaller size, but I tend to go all in. I love this machine. It makes the best kale chips, dehydrated nuts, dried fruits and veggie snacks, fruit roll-ups, gummies, and even yogurt in it.

It’s a great way to get more plants in your diet, eat more raw food, and get the kids involved. I’m a big believer in eliminating processed food where you can, and love aspire to make most of my food, the old fashioned, boring way {slowly}.

I love Excalibur. It’s the Grand Poobah of machines. Here is the smaller version. Nesco makes some great mid-range and affordable machines like this, that, and this.

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Photo from Excalibur

Razzle Dazzle them

The possibilities are endless with a dehydrator-

  • fruits {dried cranberries, raisins, cherries, apple slices, fruit pops, fruit leather}
  • vegetables {eggplant chips, carrot chips, onion rings, kale chips}
  • turn the broth into bouillon cubes
  • gummies for homemade vitamins {like elderberry}
  • jerkies {watermelon, banana, meat}
  • turn herbs into powder {onion, spinach, turmeric, garlic}

It saves me money and it’s great to use when you see food going bad. It’s a last-ditch effort to give food new life.

 

Try my recipes below


Citrus fruit

  • Use any citrus of choice
  • Sprinkle with sugar {optional}
  • Use a serrated knife to cut  1/8-1/4″  slices {the thicker the slice, the longer it will take} or a mandoline

Dehydrator Method: 135° for 7 -15 hours or until firm and dry

Oven: 200° Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Place on the sheet and bake for 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to check the fruit in the last 30 minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Storage: I prefer to freeze mine.

Enjoy as a snack, use in water, top on yogurt!


Banana Chips

Cut bananas into 1/4 inch slices

Line your dehydrator with non-stick sheets

Lay banana slices in a single layer

Dehydrate at 135 degrees F for 6-10 hours or until leathery

Oven- 2  hours 250°

These are so good and sweet. 


Carrot Chips

  • Carrots {I prefer heirloom for color}
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • Everything But the Bagel seasoning
  • Turmeric {all seasonings to taste}
  • Use a serrated knife to cut thinly {the thicker the slice, the longer it will take} or a mandoline

Slice carrots long, they shrink significantly. I cannot convey this enough.

Dehydrator Method: 125° for 6-10 hours or until firm and dry

Oven: 200° Line a baking sheet with a Silpat mat or parchment paper. Place on the sheet and bake for 2 – 2 1/2 hours. Be sure to check the fruit in the last 30 minutes to ensure it doesn’t burn.

Check out this article for tips on storage.

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