I am looking for a home made recipe to dry banana slices. Please can you help?
Sharlene from South Africa
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 :-)
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.
You can also use your oven at 250 degrees F, as long as you watch it and just keep an eye on it. My mom puts them in her microwave oven on 30% power for very strong ones and 50% for weak ones and just runs it for 5 to 10 minutes or until they get hard and dry. You can do it with any fruit that can be dried. Just wanted to put this out there. We do it all the time.
I slice ripe bananas quarter inch thick and place them on drying trays of a small food dryer that cost about $30 US. You can make your own food dryer using a box of your choosing, light bulbs and a small fan or make a solar dryer with just thermal air flow. http://ecobites.com/diy-recycling-p ... seedling-raiser-food-dehydrator.html is a good site for info or just Google "DIY food dryers"
Keep in mind that commercially made 'dried' bananas are actually fried. Check the label for fat content, and you already know that there's no fat in a banana!
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