Drying Bananas

Banana chips are a delicious healthy snack that both adults and children enjoy. Drying bananas is an easy process. This is a guide about drying bananas.

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During the summer months, I enjoy eating frozen bananas, but now that it has turned cold, I have a new craving and it's for dehydrated bananas. They are so good, I have to watch myself and remember that 28 pieces is a whole banana. I don't put anything on the bananas, I just peel them, cut them, and put them in the dehydrator.

The first batch of bananas I dehydrated stuck really badly and it was so hard to get them loose from the tray. It was a mess. So, for the next batch I dehydrated, I stacked them in circles so only one edge is touching the tray. This method worked much better.

When they begin to get dry, I run a pancake spatula around the tray under the bananas and they come up with no problem. During the drying process, I turn them over and alternate the stacking of the trays, putting the bottom trays on top and the top trays on the bottom.

It takes 5 to 10 hours to dry a batch of bananas. It depends on how many you put in the dehydrator. I'm new at this and still learning. Dehydrated bananas and nuts make a great snack.

Banana slices on dehydrator tray.

Approximate Time: 5-8 hours

    Dehydrated banana slices and nuts.
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    I am looking for a home made recipe to dry banana slices. Please can you help?

    Sharlene from South Africa

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    You will need a dehydrator. Even though they sound expensive it is a good investment because you can dry all sorts of fruits and veggies and the dehydrator will last for a lifetime. Here is the one I like and comes complete with recipe instructions (including how to keep certain fruits and vegetables from turning brown). http://www.hillmark.com.au/products ... s/ezidri_classic_everyday_dehydrator

    The company does sell larger units if you are interested in drying mega amounts :-)

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    6 firm, fresh, ripe bananas

    1/4 cup lemon juice

    1/2 cup orange juice

    1/2 cup wheat germ or coconut (optional)

    Peel and slice bananas.

    Dip in lemon juice.

    Arrange on greased cookie sheet in a single layer.

    Bake at 175 degrees F for 2-3 hours or until golden.

    (They can be dried until they are crisp.)

    Cool completely before storing.

    Package in glass jars, tins, or reclosable bags.

    http://www.uaex.edu/depts/FCS/EFNEP/recipes/Desserts/Dried_Bananas.pdf

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