I've been experimenting with my dehydrator. This appliance has been lurking in the basement for years unused. I'm not quite sure why I've let it sit around so long unused. I was prompted to find it all on account of too many ripe bananas. I was far too busy to make breads or cakes from those bananas and frankly we're tired of them. For some reason banana chips came to mind. That was when I realized that all I needed to do was haul my Nesco upstairs and load it up. It took little time to get started. Slicing the bananas was easy to do. It's a great task for kiddos because you only need a butter knife. We tossed the bananas in lemon juice then placed them on the racks. I plugged in the machine and let 'er rip. Depending on taste banana chips can take several hours to several days of drying. With all the rain it took a few days for my chips to be complete. If I had thinner slices they would have dried faster. Actually I would recommend thinner slices as they make great topping for cereal and oatmeal.
So far we have been making only fruit treats. I have dried bananas, apples, pears, pineapple, mango and kiwi. Leah is so pleased with the mango. All she wants to take to school for snack time is that mango. I love the pineapple and kiwi. Those have been my favorites. Keith favors the pineapple sneaking handfuls at a time. Olivia is still not quite willing to go dry refusing to enjoy any of these treats. Since I prefer more tart and tangy fruits I think I'm going to keep making the pineapple and kiwi. Besides taste kiwi and pineapple dry pretty quickly. Bananas are great but you only need a few to make a jar full of chips. I want to make some fruit leather. I've never done that before so I think a few experiments are in order. We have plenty of frozen fruit which would work just fine for our first attempts. This summer I might be using this machine more often to help use up our farm box fruit.
Next up will be jerky. I used to make jerky once a month when I first got the dehydrator. It was a big hit. I'm thinking that I'll need to get some more going pretty soon. It would be a great protein snack for the Mister as he will begin his running soon. The key to good jerky is to have decent marinade recipe, which I have, only if I could remember where I put that recipe.