I’ve always been a sucker for kitchen appliances and cooking. I love cooking shows, recipe scavenger hunts online and watching cooking clips on YouTube. So, when I saw an array of vegans and vegetarians sucking the moisture out of fruits by way of YouTube, I couldn’t wait to try it. Initially, it was the videos of raw wheat bread that got my attention. I ran out to Walmart and purchased mason jars in an effort to make my own sprouter. I was successful in creating a home made sprouter but my attempts to sprout wheat berries for my raw crackers didn’t turn out so well… my crackers tasted like grass… o_O… Don’t ask…

But… my fruit chips turned out magical. Let’s just say, that my lovely girlfriend ate ALL of the banana chips in one sitting and although she isn’t a total slobbish eater, she is far from an overly heath conscious eater.

So, I purchased a Nesco dehydrator from Bed, Bath and Beyond for about $60. I did look at the $40 Oyster dehydrator at Walmart but I opted to spend the extra $20 for 2 reasons; 1. The Nesco dehydrator has an adjustable temperature gauge so that you can change the temperature at which you dehydrate, which is great if you are a raw foodist and 2. The Nesco dehydrator comes standard with 4 trays but you can buy extra trays if you need to dehydrate more stuff at once.

And as with any new toy, I had to try it out as soon as I got home. We had 3 brown bananas sitting on the counter which were totally ready to be stored in File 13 but I figured what the hell. I sliced all three bananas up into about 1/2 thick slices and laid them out on the dehydrator tray. I sprinkled the slices with a few pinches of sea salt and turned the dehydrator on. I let it run over night and by the next morning, I had yielded banana chips. They were a little brown from the oxidation process that bananas usually encounters from the air hitting them but that had nothing to do with the taste. They were absolutely fabulous! I did read an article stating that if you dip the slices in lemon juice before you dehydrate it will allow them to keep their color without affecting the flavor. I will be sure to try this technique the next go round. I followed up my banana chips by dehydrating some pineapples and strawberries.

The process is quite simple. Gather your fruit and cut into slices to your liking, but be mindful that they will shrink so don’t cut them too small. Lay them out on your dehydrator tray and turn it on. It may take quite a few hours but the reward is well worth the wait. Try dehydrated fruit in your oatmeal, trail mix or as a stand alone snack!

photo 300x179   Fruit Chips...

{April 19, 2011} {Tags: , , , , , }