In all my dehydration excitement last night, I felt like a kid waiting for Christmas morning to come so I could awake in the morning to check on my layers of drying fruit lain on the counter with care. Visions of vegetables: thinly sliced red beets, crunchy sticks of green beans, carrots, zucchini, sweet potatoes, onions, kale chips and homemade wasabi peas – dancing through my head!
In roughly 12 hours while sleeping, the edges of fruit curled up and dried beautifully – no added sulfur or preservatives here! The sweetness of the bananas, mango, apples and pears are now concentrated into both chewy and crispy fruit leathers, the perfect snack for on the go.
Oh, and let’s not forget the juice pulp crackers! They’re the taste of health, like the waft of air you first smell walking into a health food store. Earthy in flavor with nutty almonds, the subtle flavor of sauerkraut and curry imparted from the turmeric. I can see these working well with vegetable dips like hummus or baba ganoush or a crunchy salad topping in place of croutons.
I’m really pleased. No worries now about veggies starting to head south on me. Between the juicer and the dehydrator I will be sure to make use of them all. As we are fond of saying… “Nothing worse then a waster!”
Make sure to store the dried goods in an airtight container, that is if you can stop yourself from eating it all in one sitting!