Friday, January 10, 2014

A new favorite kitchen gadget! {Dehydrating Fruits}

I had been wanting a food dehydrator for a couple years now but have been holding off as my current apartment kitchen is packed full! I started getting interested and wanting one again this fall as I anticipate lots of fresh produce from a garden next summer.

Wouldn't ya know it, I ended up with two this Christmas! Tim got me one and so did my parents!

 (Amazon link)

Over Christmas break, I tried out my new appliance on some cranberries and strawberries I had in the fridge.

 For the cranberries, I just rinsed them and laid them out on the tray.

I rinsed and sliced the strawberries in half and spaced them out on another tray.

After about six hours I noticed that the cranberries were not making much progress so I gave them a little poke with a sharp knife to speed the process along.

After 12 hours, the strawberries were dried perfectly. These are so good, they taste like a fruit roll-up!
We've made two batches so far and they haven't lasted very long!

24 hours of drying for the cranberries was about perfect. I think I'll use these in cereal and eventually maybe a batch of granola.

Dried Cranberries (in a dehydrator)
1 bag of cranberries, rinsed

1. Place cranberries in a pot of boiling water for a minute or two. OR poke each berry with a sharp knife.
2, Spread the berries evenly on a dehydrator tray.
3. Turn dehydrator heat setting to 135 degrees and dry for 24 hours.

Dried Strawberries (in a dehydrator)
1 carton of strawberries, rinsed and sliced in half

1. Place sliced berries evenly on a dehydrator tray.
2. Turn dehydrator heat setting to 135 degrees and dry for 12 hours.

Have you tried drying fruits or any other foods?
Next up for us to try is pineapple rings.