I went to my local Costco last fall and found a food dehydrator. It was reasonably priced for under 40.00 and I thought that I would give it a try. I was tired of buying dehydrated snacks for hiking/camping/biking and I wanted more of a variety that suits our families palette.
The results have been great and the snacks are healthy and serve many purposes. I dehydrate fruits for camping like bananas, mangos, kiwi, strawberries, peaches and apples. I don’t have to worry about keeping them in a cooler and these are a great way to stop and have a healthy snack. What is the most unconventional thing I have dehydrated? Salsa….. I really wanted some for breakfast on a backpacking trip and this was the only way I could think of bringing it. I put the salsa on the fruit roll-up tray and let it dry for about 4 hours. The result was flakey dehydrated chips. I threw it in with my dehydrated eggs and it was EXCELLLENT in my breakfast burrito! I have also dehydrated herbs, jerky, and veggies. These have all turned out delicious and I especially love cooking with my own dried herbs. My dehydrator is made by NESCO and I love it. It has different temperature controls and is easy to operate and clean. I can’t wait to start making some fruit roll-ups for my son’s lunch!