Dehydrating 101: Tropical Kind of Day

Lets just say your local store had a $1 a pineapple sale on Del Monte Gold® pineapples and you went..er..crazy? So what to do with them all? Dehydrate them for an awesome snack! The super sweet pineapples being sold from them and Dole are fantastic, and if you see a great sale, stock up! Kids will love the super sweet slices of dried pineapple. It is also wonderful ripped into small pieces and added to oatmeal with coconut.

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Drying pineapple is relatively simple. Scrub the pineapple, dry off and lop off the top and bottom. Remove the peel with a knife, trimming any of the “eyes”. Once that is done, cut the fruit off the core into 4 big pieces, then thinly slice as desired.

Dry on mesh lined trays until dry, but flexible, at 135-145°. Make sure it is not tacky or wet. Let cool and then store in mason jars, shaking the jars periodically.

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Bananas are a great snack, they taste great and are also an excellent source of potassium (which help you feel good when hiking!). If you have a lot of ripe bananas, get to work. For an extra flavor boost, juice 2 oranges into a mixing bowl, then slice the bananas about the thickness of a quarter coin, into the orange juice. Let marinate for a few minutes, then place in single layers on the trays.

Bananas will vary for time. I give mine 8 to 16 hours, it depends on humidity and also on just how ripe your fruit was. You want the slices to be flexible but not moist or sticky. Once dried, let sit on the dehydrator until cooled, then store in an airtight container, such as mason jar. Periodically shake your containers to distribute the fruit.

For more information, see Dehydrating 101 on TrailCooking and also other Dehydrator 101 post here on the blog.

~Sarah

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