My little ones and I love dried fruit. We don't love the expensive price, extra sugar, and preservatives, found in most commercial varieties. Making your own dehydrated snacks is easy and very nutritious. I still need to save up for my dream dehydrator, the Excalibur. In the meantime, my in-law's are very graciously letting me borrow their Excalibur dehydrator, on occasion. It was so easy to use and made such tasty snacks!
1. Gather ripened fruits or vegetables.
My husband picked up about 7 pounds of bananas for .39 cents a pound. Sometimes, we can find over-ripe bananas, locally, for only .19 cents a pound! We also used one bag of apples.
2.Slice Fruits or Vegetables.
3. Place Slices on Dehydrator Tray.
4. Dry fruit
I dried my fruit at 105 degrees, which took longer than normal, but it helped to ensure that all of the enzymes were intact. Enzymes are the life force within foods, which aid us in digestion. Dehydrators cost about 3-5 cents an hour, so running them for a few hours longer didn't cost much.
5. Enjoy your Goodies!
Unfortunately, most of these snacks were gone after just one day! I plan on making a bunch of dried fruit for my little ones, for upcoming trips. It is a great way to eat healthier and frugally, while traveling!
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