I have a dehydrator that I haven't really figured out yet. Does anyone have any tried and true recipes they wouldn't mind sharing? I would love to get snack type recipes to make for our 5 kids and anything else you'd care to share.
Hi. I have used my dehydrator for years. I always made apples rolled in dry Jello. My boys loved the different flavors. We would roll them and then put them in the dehydrator overnight and when they got up they had a good snack to put in their lunches for school. The only problem they disappear really fast. Have fun and experiment with everything. Jerky is really good.
Barb from MI
Jello is just sugar. As a retired nutrition professor, I know there is great concern about children (and adults) eating too much sugar. Type 2 diabetes is epidemic with children now, and it's caused by eating sugar and processed foods like chips, crackers, and other empty calories. These convert to sugar in the blood stream. Google it in if you want to learn more about it.
Use Mott's natural applesauce to make super easy fruit roll-ups. I especially like the strawberry and mixed berry flavors. Spread evenly onto plastic dehydrator sheets and dehydrate until dry to the touch. Peel roll-up off plastic dehydrator sheets and turn over and dry some more, until desired firmness. When dry, roll up and cut into 1-inch pieces for easy munching.
Tip: When spreading applesauce onto sheets, leave edges a little thicker.
Sour Cream & Onion Potato Chips
4 cups potatoes, peeled, boiled and mashed
1 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup onion, chopped
1/2 teaspoon salt
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix at high speed. Thinly spread onto solid fruit roll sheets. Place on dehydrator trays and dry at 145º F. for 4 hours or until dry on one side. With a clean butter knife, lift entire ring off sheet, turn over and dry 1 hour longer, or until it is dry enough to break into pieces.
1 7-ounce can whole kernel corn
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/2 cup tomatoes, diced
1 tablespoon onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Dash garlic powder
Blend all ingredients at high speed in a blender or food processor. Spread mixture thinly onto solid fruit roll sheets. Place sheets on dehydrator trays. Dry at 145º F. for 6 to 8 hours, or until dry on one side. With a clean butter knife, lift entire ring off sheet, turn over and dry for 1 to 2 hours longer, or until crisp. Break into chips.
Zucchini Pineapple Chips
4 cups peeled zucchini (1/4-inch slices)
12-ounces pineapple juice (two 6-ounce cans)
3/4 cup sugar
1/4 lemon juice
Place pineapple juice, sugar and lemon juice in 2-quart saucepan. Stir and bring to full boil on high heat. Reduce heat, heat to medium-high and add fresh, sliced zucchini pieces. Press all slices into liquid. Boil lightly for 10 to 15 minutes or until slices turn an olive green color. Gently pour into large strainer and drain. Allow to cool. Place slices on NESCO® American Harvest® dehyrator trays lined with Clean-A-Screen® sheet and dry at 135º F. for 3 to 5 hours. Dry until crisp.
Yield: 1 cup dried chips
Note: Foods feel softer when warm. To test for dryness, remove a few pieces and allow to cool before testing for crispness.
To intensify flavor, leave cooked zucchini marinate in liquid for a few days. The dried product tastes like a sweet, zucchini pickle. The tender peels may be left on smaller zucchini, if desired. For larger zucchini, remove seeds before using.
When I make my dried apples I sprinkle cinnamon and sugar on them before drying for a wonderful added flavor. They sure don't last long when I make them this way for the grandkids!
We have been using ours like crazy!!!
We have been drying apples and pears----it takes about 8 hours for them on ours.
We don't do anything special to them-----did try some cinnamon on the apples, wow!!!
But, we are learning too!!!
Type in at Google: drying fruits
you get ideas from university cooperative extension services....from many universities.
Tonight we are going to try mangos!!!
Did try bananas, but I didn't care for them!!
We did make a trail mix with our dried apples: used raisins/dried apples/all types of nuts/and chocolate bits----mixed together in bowl and serve!!!
Lot cheaper than going to the store!!!!
I'm a big hunter and use my dehydrator all the time for meats. I've recently started using it to dry fruits and vegetables. It's taken me a bit of practice to get the fruit and vegetable piece down. I'm now at a point where I'm making some pretty good trail mix and other nutritious snacks.
I'd recommend reading up on the internet. There are some really good sites that can help you get a grip on drying just about anything.
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