Would you believe that despite waiting so long to receive it (it was acquired from my aunt) I hadn't given much thought to what I would dehydrate first?? I have so many ideas and have loads of recipes to try but really wanted attempt something extremely simple for my first dehydrating experiment. I ended up asking one of my contacts on Twitter for some advice - @WellPreserved.
After going back and forth for a bit he ended up doing a blog post based on my request. Here's the link: http://wellpreserved.ca/2011/02/26/some-starting-points-for-a-new-dehydrator/
Great advice, as always!
In the end I decided to do dehydrated apples and pineapple. The apples because I had some in abundance and the pineapple because so many people suggested it.
To prepare the fruit I used a mandolin slicer for the apples and for the pineapple I just chopped them into small chunks. The apples dehydrated the quickest and the pineapples were done soon afterwards. Timing was about 6 hours for the apples and 8 hours for the pineapple. Unfortunately, my dehydrator doesn't have a heat setting so I'm not really sure what the temperature setting was set at. Sorry!
The result? Very tasty dried fruit! I especially loved the apples. Crisp and full of flavour! What a great snack for my daughters school lunch. The pineapples were good too; great if you're craving something super sweet!
There are so many other recipes that I'd like to try. I have lots of raw cookie/cracker recipes that I'm hoping to do soon as well as some fruit leathers and dried banana slices. I'm also looking forward to dehydrating many other goodies this summer like apricots, strawberries and tomatoes. I also hope to make different powders by dehydrating beets, mushrooms, celery and peppers. Maybe dry my own herbs? Make my own homemade raisins? Oh...so many, many possibilities!!!