process of dehydrating fruit with a food dehydrator machine
Dehydrating fruit with a food dehydrator

I am a bargain hunter. There’s nothing more exciting than buying something you love with a discounted price tag. One of my latest buys is a food dehydrator which is available at David Jones for something near $200.
After a quick search online, I found that it was only $59.95 on Deals Direct! Happy, happy, joy, joy!
The food dehydrator can be used to preserve food or make banana chips, dried mango or beef jerky. I can’t express how easy it is to use or how economical it is, to be turn excess fruit into a snack.
There are 3 general methods to drying food.

  1. Sun is the most natural form but requires a warm day with low humidity. Keep in mind that it could take up to five consecutive days to dry certain fruits.
  2. Oven temperatures need to be consistent and low and also requires the oven door to be open for air circulation, making it a costly and inefficient process.
  3. Food Dehydrator is energy and time efficient and is my preferred method 🙂

Fruit jerky: pineapple, apple, strawberry, grapefruit, orange
Homemade fruit jerky – pineapple, apple, strawberry, grapefruit and orange

Once you’ve decided on your preferred method to dehydrate fruit, you can experiment with different preparation methods to best bring out the food’s natural flavours.
Here’s a few which I have tested and tasted:

  • Pineapples: brush a mixture of honey and water onto both sides of each slice for awesome pineapple jerky
  • Apples: toss slices of apple in a bit of apple juice or a combination of cinnamon and sugar
  • Pears: toss slices of pear with a bit of five spice and sugar
  • Citrus fruits (oranges, grapefruits… etc): don’t require anything

Follow the directions on the food dehydrator and voila! Enjoy as a snack, with ice-cream or in a cocktail!

  • woah ive always wanted this! i spend way too much buying dried pineapple and mango at the markets how long did it take to ship?

  • That looks really good Jen! Just like the Whisk and Pin dried fruit selection (which is not cheap) so it would definitely make its value back in a few uses.

  • Jen

    Postage to Sydney Metro was only about $10 and from memory it was 2 – 5 business days. You definitely get your moneys worth – highly recommended 🙂

  • Jen

    Thanks Lorraine! I totally agree, it’s so versatile and a bargain at only $59.95… While I’ve been obsessed with pineapple jerky, my Mum has been using the food dehydrator to make Vietnamese-style chilli beef jerky! I might give it a go at drying herbs and spices next…

  • Phuoc

    Yummo! What a fantastic way to use up fruit and make healthy snacks! Have you tried making banana chips yet? 🙂 And oh yummy, viet-style chilli beef jerky! I love that stuff.

  • Niiiice!!! Just think of all the possibilities you’ll have with the dehydrated fruits (and other stuff)!

  • Nice! I like the recipes. Thanks!

  • Dehydrating fruits is actually fun for me. I love dehydrating them and enjoy it a lot.