Making Dehydrated Treats

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Dehydrated Star Fruit

I have wanted a Food Dehydrator for some time and had begun researching which one to buy. So when I read my sister’s email a couple of weeks ago, “What do you want for Christmas?” I replied with a model number. Sure enough, Santa promptly delivered the much-anticipated Food Dehydrator… thanks to my sister & her husband! For my first batch, I sliced-up fresh star fruit, papaya and banana. These fruits were all from my trees. I also sliced some fresh carrots; and lastly I added some frozen string beans. I assembled all the pieces on the trays, stacked them on top of each other, put on the top, set the temperature and turned the gizmo on. I checked the progress every few hours. It was not a quick process. I was surprised that it took approximately 12 hours for everything to be fully dried.

Of all my friends and family who tasted the assorted foods I dried, most people liked the star fruit the best. It just had a great texture and taste. It was a huge hit. The papaya and banana were also excellent. Now for the failures: the carrots felt and tasted like leather; and the string beans had a strange chewy consistency. I’m not sure what I did wrong with the carrots. As for the string beans, I’m going to try fresh beans next time, instead of frozen, to see if this makes a difference.

Happy New Year everyone. Make it a great one!!!!

7 thoughts on “Making Dehydrated Treats

  1. We’ve had really good luck with carrots, as well as celery and onion. All three have re-hydrated really well when we’ve used them in chicken dumpling soup and coconut chicken curry.

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  2. You have inspired me to start saving for a Dehydrator! The star fruit is beautiful! I have read much about dehydrating food, even dreamed of making a huge dehydrator out in our backyard (dreamed of my Husband building one, I should say!). After reading your post, I have decided that I will begin saving nickels and buy the dehydrator to begin learning more about this wonderful option of preserving. Thank you so much for writing this!

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  3. Cherry tomatoes are very good dehydrated. I cut them in half and lay them skin side up. They get a little crisp and then you can either eat them like that or rehydrate them in sauces. We have a lot of tomatoes around here in the end of summer, so I get creative. 🙂 Have fun with your dehydrator.

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  4. great post! Ive been curious on using a dehydrator too! Those star fruits look so cool! Also about the green beans it may have been because they needed to dry out a bit more, ive learned too when making a stir fry that frozen veggies seem to have more water than fresh ones would.

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