Monday, August 30, 2010

A new toy…

More accurately, a new tool. 

dehydrator 006

That’s a food dehydrator. Over the weekend, I sliced up some fruit to give it a test run. Pineapple, cherries, grapes, strawberries and bananas on Saturday. Peaches on Sunday. All turned out well except the grapes. The grapes required a type of pretreatment ‘checking’ which I must not have done properly. It involved putting them in boiling water and then immediately into very cold water. I think I was so afraid of cooking them that I didn’t leave them in the boiling water long enough.

Each tastes pretty good in the dehydrated form and would make tasty snacks and would be especially good to bring camping. This morning I reconstituted a few slices of peach and strawberry to have with my yogurt. Yummy!

Now to look for what is in season or on sale…….

6 comments:

Jack B. Nimble said...

Whoo Ha!! I wondered what your new toy/project was all day. You're just full of surprises. Sounds pretty neat. Have you ever done any canning or have I just give you fodder for a new hobby?

Great idea about bringing camping. Just think, if you ever get lost in the wilderness, you wouldn't starve to death since dried fruit is light and easy to carry.

Jack B. Nimble said...

My son and daughter-in-law went crazy with a bread machine. In fact, I think they still use it and it's been about 10 years. I just don't want you to run out of ideas.

Susan said...

That looks like a wonderful thing to use. Healthy treats are good to have on hand and when you do it yourself you know just how cleanly it was made.

T said...

What a great 'toy' Gail. Very, very useful, economical and tasty. Yum....

Dixie said...

I like peaches and pineapple.....

Linda said...

OOh...I love dried fruit! I just found you though another blog. Enjoy the day!