A week and a half ago, I went crazy with my dehydrator—and dehydrated everything from the norm to the not-so- norm.
I got a Nesco dehydrator, and so far, it’s been easy to use, easy to clean, and not too bulky.
I started off simply by dehydrating some apples that were starting to wrinkle. I followed the recommended temperature of 135F, and let them dehydrate for ~11.5 hours overnight. Here’s how they came out:
They came out having crispy skins and chewy centers. Okay, so expected…normal…
Then I had the crazy idea to dehydrate frozen pizza. I used an Amy’s frozen pizza, nuked it in the microwave, cut it in slices, and let it dry out for half a day…cause why not!
It looked pretty much the same except for the cheese, which from all the ingredients lost the most water content. The crust became solid like a brick. If you look on the bright side, cutting these slices up into mini cubes gives you readymade pizza croutons! I ate them as is the next morning like a rusk.
Along frozen food lines, I also wanted to see what would happen after dehydrating those “steamable” veggie packets. Miniature veggie chips happened :D. The baby corn pieces were the most adorable. And the water chestnuts actually tasted sweet (??)
I had the most fun dehydrating yogurt. I had it set at a lower temperature (108-125F), but let it dehydrate overnight for 10-12 hours. I used two cups of Chobani (raspberry and pomegranate) and coated it over the surface of the smooth plastic tray that’s supposed to be used for making fruit rollups ;).
The yogurt came out crispier than I wanted. I guess you could say I accidentally made yogurt chips! Whoopsies…
It also took a long time for me to consume (despite it’s crispy and cracked appearance, the yogurt required a lot of jaw muscle action to break down!).
I also dehydrated pineapple, banana, and mango. My sister and I absolutely loved our pineapple chips. They tasted incredibly sweet and had that crunch that reminded me of freeze-dried pineapple. The banana chips were great too, but came out a bit chewier than I was going for.
As for the mango, the outer layer came out crispier than expected, so I will continue to experiment with this fruit to find its perfect temp & time.
I haven’t had the chance to dehydrate any tofu yet, but that is certainly next on my list. Along with coconut, cherries, plantains, sweet potatoes, regular potatoes…the fun has only just begun!!
What’s your favorite thing to dehydrate, or dried food to eat?