Dehydrator madness!

We bought a dehydrator a month or two ago and we’ve been going craaazeee! We love it! I’ve made tons of fruit leather, dried apples and peaches, and dried herbs (basil and rosemary). The basil was a pain in the you-know-where and I probably won’t do it again. I got two pints of dried rosemary and it was super easy. Once it is dry, you pull it off of the stem like you did with pine needles when you were a kid. It was therapeutic and a little nostalgic (I loved picking pine needles as a kid!). It smelt AAAUUUmazing.

My parents have the most amazing herb, vegetable, and fruit garden. We’ve gotten peaches, apples, basil, rosemary, cucumbers, potatoes, zucchini, onions, blackberries, beans, corn, tomatoes, carrots, strawberries, peas, kale, eggplant, beets, and more. I tried dehydrating the cucumbers… disgusting! So bitter and just nasty. Don’t do it.  Anyway, we love being in their probably 1/4 acre garden. It is spiritual, educational, and therapeutic. There is something spiritual about being in nature and seeing it grow. We love to show our boys that when you put in hard work and time, you will literally see the fruits of your labors. My dad taught be how to work hard in that garden when I was a kid. I look forward to having one, one day too!

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One of my boys’ favorites is apple fruit leather. I make it from my homemade applesauce. This time around I purchased my apples from Alpine Food Storage . They are my go-to for food storage and also weekly shopping (along with Costco). We were able to get 18 pounds of pink lady apples (my favorite) for $15. DONE DEAL!

So to make the APPLE fruit leather, all you do is:

  • Take your homemade (my recipe) or store-bought applesauce and spread it on parchment paper or tray liners. I put about 1 to 1.5 cups of applesauce on each tray.
  • Dry at 135 degrees for 4-8 hours. I have a rectangle shaped dehydrator so I flip the trays every couple of hours so they cook evenly. That is a wide range, but it depends on your dehydrator and how much you put on each tray. Just keep an eye on it.
  • To get all 10 trays on my dehydrator filled I have to double my applesauce recipe. I didn’t to that today, but dried apple slices on the remaining trays.
  • To make it more pliable, which I forgot to do today dang it, add one banana to each blender mixture. It works like a charm! Then it won’t be crispy and breakable.
  • I keep mine in the garage so it doesn’t heat up my house on warm days.

 

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And there you have it! You can also make it with your oven and a cookie sheet. It just takes longer and will heat up your house (which is great during the winter). I’ll share some of my other yummy recipes on another post. Let me know how you like it!

 

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