I recently purchased an Excaliber dehydrator. I’ve been very excited! I have wanted one for a long time, and finally had the opportunity to get one!
My purpose for the dehydrator is 2 fold – mostly, I wanted it for preserving food. When I was little, my mom would dehydrate all kinds of food – mostly fruits. I think my favorite were the apples – she would dry them, and then freeze them. Dehydrated apples fresh out of the freezer – so good! I want to be able to dehydrate produce from my garden, and extra fruits and vegetables I have around my kitchen! I also wanted to be able to make kale chips in the dehydrator, and other raw foods!
Check out the method my husband invented for drying the mesh screens – ingenious!
Yep, hanging them in the shower! He used a hanger, and clothespins to keep them separated. It works!
The first thing I made was Janet’s Flax/Hemp Seed crackers! Delish!
Then this last weekend, I had a huge bag of apples to use, so I decided to dehydrate them.
The first thing I did was soak the apples in a lemon juice/water mixture. Mix one cup lemon juice with 1 cup water in a medium bowl.
I worked in batches, cutting apples, and soaking them in the lemon juice.
Then, I placed them on the dehydrator trays.
I wanted my apples to be slightly chewy, but dry. Each batch of fruit is unique. Some have more water/sugar/acid than others – dry until they feel dry to you. I dried them at 135 degrees F, and kept turning them every 2-3 hours.
These apples really take me back to my childhood. To me, this is the perfect snack!
I also dehydrated some strawberries – I had gotten a bunch and I didn’t want them to go bad!
Check out Veggie V – she also recently got a dehydrator!