We’ve been given a fantastic present by our naughty friends Sue and Bob, a food dehydrator for looking after their house. It arrived just before Christmas, but due to visitors and our holiday I only took it out of the box properly a couple of days ago. With it looking very straighforward, I decided to start on the apples we’d been storing in the barn, which was an experiment to see how long they would last. Some of them had gone mouldy but there were enough to get me started, so I got my apple peeler out and prepared the apples for the trays. The dehydrater comes with 6 trays which you can turn to make the gaps short or tall depending on what you’re drying. I had enough apples for 4 trays but I probably could have squeezed them onto 3. Following the manual I set the temp at 55c for 6 hours and with a tip from Sue, changed the trays round half-way through as the lower trays dry quicker than the top ones and after 6 hours we had delicious, sweet, chewy apples slices, a perfect snack. I’m itching to dehydrate something else, but I want to use produce from the garden so I’ll have to wait until later in the year for that. I do have a sack of onions so will try those in the meantime. So looking forward to trying plums, figs, herbs and tomatoes and anything else I can find that would dry well. Any recommendations?
|The new toy.|
|Our stored apples.|
|Peeled, sliced and on the trays ready for drying.|
|A yummy dried snack ready for munching.|