Fruit Recipes for Your Dehydrator
You don't need a book full of fruit recipes to make these healthy snacks. Drying fruits is easy. And, they work great in dehydrators because they're full of sugar, making them less likely to spoil, and sweet.
Fruits grown locally aren't going to be available all year, but dehydrating lets you keep them in the house year-round. And, if you buy your fruit in bulk, you can prevent spoilage by taking the water out of them.
I buy fruits at Costco sometimes, but I never eat all of it fresh. At least a third gets dried. Actually, I buy extra pineapple specifically for chips because that's one thing I never have leftovers from.
Have you ever bought a pack of dried mangoes? The last time I checked, it was almost $10. And I used to be able to eat that bag in one sitting.
Before you start, have a few oranges or lemons around. The juice will help prevent other fruits from turning brown. If you don't have that, you can also dip the fruits in a hot simple syrup (boil 1:1 water and sugar).
You May Not Need a Dehydrator Cookbook
You can download the food dehydrator instructions for detailed fruit recipes. These manuals have as much information as many dehydrator books.
Depending on your dehydrator, drying times will vary. It's going to be between 4 and 24 hours, so the only way you'll know is by trying it. Record the times in a journal so you can refer to it when you try again.
But if you're the type that likes to have real books, here's a list of the best dehydrator cookbooks.
Easy Steps to Healthy Dried Snacks
- Dip in juice or syrup
You can do the drying in two steps if you like. First, set the thermostat to 145. Dry for two hours.
Then, lower the temp to 105 and continue drying until dry.
Fruit recipes for a food dehydrator are almost all the same. The difference will be the varying drying times for various fruits, and they're going to vary among cookbooks.
My strawberry chips take about five hours. Get a unit with a timer, and you'll enjoy stress-free dehydrating.
To make a fruit roll-up, you need to puree the fruit first. Use a food processor or blender and turn it on high. Add water or juice to lighten it if you need to. Then you pour it onto the (included) fruit roll-up trays.
The dehydrator's been great to me because it fits my lifestyle so well. I don't like to spend a lot of time preparing food. And when I do, I try to do a lot of it at once. Because dehydrated foods don't spoil nearly as quick as fresh foods, having one of these in the kitchen is a a definite must.
I store everything in tupperware and reusable plastic bags. If you can put them in hermetically sealed bags, they can last several years. I've never had to store any for longer than a few months though, because I like snacking on them all the time.
Having a dehydrator means always having healthy snacks around.