Dehydrated Snacks of Deliciousness!

Have you ever tried to bring dehydrated fruit for your kids to snack on instead of chips, candy, or in my case – goldfish? They LOVE it! And you will too!

Dehydrating fruits, vegetables, and meats is a delicious and nutritious way to feed your family, and store your food!

You can use a dehydrator for tons of different things: making jerky, fruit leather, drying out flowers, dehydrating bananas, peaches, apricots, strawberries, onions, peppers…. and the list goes on, and on, and……on! You can eat your dehydrated food just like it is or you can rehydrate it and use it in things such as oatmeal, soups, pies and much more!

A good dehydrator is a MUST in every food storage closet! But a good dehydrator doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. I bought mine for $65.00 and saw the same dehydrator on Amazon for $59.93, so you might save some money going there.

I will take you step by step through my dehydrating process. I used bananas for this demonstration and they turned out to be dehydrated snacks of deliciousness (hence, the title)!

I used the Nesco American Harvest Food Deydrator & Jerky Maker.

Soak bananas in either lemon juice or pineapple juice for about 20 minutes to help them keep their color. (I turned them many times, since the juice didn’t cover them.)

Cut the bananas in to thin slices and evenly distribute them throughout the trays.

Set the temperature at 135 degrees for about 6 hours or until the banana slices are able to just bend without breaking.

Pop them off the trays and enjoy! We sure did!

3 Comments

  1. mamaprepper

    My kids loved the dehydrated bananas. Something else I did for a ‘twist’ is soak the whole banana in jello juice (just don’t do it in lime – trust me on this). Strawberry – of course, was a hit. Just make up jello, mix the hot in, stir till blended, then add cold water, add the bananas after and let soak a while (about 10 min). I sliced them up on the trays and dehydrated. They taste like strawberry bananas. You can also make the jello with half the water (1/2 c.hot, then 1/2 c. cold) and put it in the blender with your bananas. Makes great fruit leather. I got that one from The Dehydrator Bible.

  2. Canadian Doomer

    I know everyone says to soak them in an acidic juice first, but I don’t soak mine in anything and they really don’t get very dark. I dried two cases worth of bananas last summer (40 pounds) and my kids *just* finished eating them.

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