Dried fruit tastes just like candy. So much so, that I question the health benefits when I eat it. Here, I made Kiwi and Pear chips. The process is super easy and all you need is a food dehydrator and a slicer. It only takes a few minutes to slice your fruit and about 7 hours to dry it.
Benefits to dehydrating
- Easy – Pick a fruit or veggie, slice it and throw it on your racks.
- Healthy – Preserve more nutrients. Vitamins and nutrients deteriorate when during the cooking process.
- Preservation – Do you like to buy in bulk? Well if so, you can dehydrate your food and save money. Dehydrated fruits and veggies can last for years in a dry sealed container.
- Convenient – Grabbing dehydrated food is a great option for those on the go.
- The possibilities are endless. Try using dehydrated fruit in the following:
- Yogurt or parfaits
- Oatmeal or cereal
- Use on salads
- Granola Mixes
In the mist of dehydrating kiwi, I decided to add a pear into the mix because I had extra room left in the dehydrator. I’m a natural saver, so I hate running the dehydrator with empty racks.
So I was really excited about my pear chips until I cut into it. Why you ask? After I cut into it, I found it rotting from the inside. You never know what you’ll get when you buy fresh fruit. These were fairly new so this was definitely a surprise.
As I’ve stated many times, I hate waste. I didn’t let a little rot stop me. I just cut around that bad boy and kept it pushing. When you’re dehydrating, obviously you don’t want to use rotting fruit. So just make sure you’re fruit is fresh before you attempt to dry it.
Try using spice on your fruit when dehydrating. Here I sprinkled a little cinnamon on one side. Don’t worry about seasoning both sides because during the dehydration process, the flavor and sugar condenses.
Look how yummy these look. Try dehydrating fruit. It’s a great alternative for healthy snackers. I’m all about unprocessed, homemade and all natural food.
Make practical changes for a healthier lifestyle.