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!