Back to school is quickly approaching, and your kids will surely want to snack as soon as they’re back home. Luckily, you don’t have to rely on over-processed, over-priced packaged snacks from the store. Try dehydrating!
The first step in beginning the process of dehydration is to know what dehydration is. Dehydrating is the process of heating food to evaporate moisture inside the food and then removing the water and vapor that is formed. Dried foods are tasty, nutritious, lightweight, easy to prepare, store and use. There’s so much variety! Create yummy snacks from strawberry-apple fruit leather, to glazed cinnamon banana chips, beef jerky and more.
The Ronco Dehydrator is so easy to use. The prep work is minimal and the “cooking” is completely hands-free. Dried foods do not lose nutritional value. You control the ingredients so you know your snacks will be healthy.
It is very simple and requires minimal storage space for your food; which leaves room for even more dried foods! The best part about it though is, home dehydration saves a lot of money.
Cinnamon Sweetened Apples
• 2 tart apples, such as granny smith apples
• 2 sweet apples, such as Fuji
• 2-3 tbsp cinnamon
• ½ cup honey
• ½ cup water
Keeping peels on, slice apples evenly, about 1/4 inch thick. Keeping peels on, slice apples evenly, about 1/4 inch thick. Place apples in bowl of honey water mixture, and let soak for a few minutes. Drain apples, and toss with cinnamon.
Arrange on dehydrator tray, and dehydrate for about 1-2 days. They are done when dry and pliable. Store in an airtight container.
Note: It’s always a good idea to keep records of your dehydrated food. This way you’ll develop a system and good pattern of quality food drying. Labeling drying times on the storage containers will increase the consistency of the quality of dried food.
To obtain a rehydrated state, soak the food in water, and then it is ready to use in all of your favorite recipes. Of course our favorite way to enjoy freshly dehydrated food is to eat it right away as a snack!