Wednesday, March 17, 2010
I recently purchased a food dehydrator from the ultimate redneck store, Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World. It is our favorite store. I bought an Open Country 7-tray food dehydrator based on the several reviews and research I did. I found that if I'm not going to be dehydrating large quantities of food on a regular basis, the Open Country would do just fine. It was on sale and I paid $40. I think it is a perfect contraption for a beginner dehydrator. The reviews speak highly of the product, and there are several reviews on it.
The one food I desperately wanted to dehydrate was bananas. I have watched and re-watched the banana making video on this awesome website, Dehydrate2Store, but I just can't get my bananas to taste very good. They taste old and bruised.
Anyways. I have fell in love with other things that I've tried. Fruit cocktail is my favorite thing of all. I am a huge candy eater. Especially at work. I get a bored/sweet tooth and feel the need to go pick up a pack of Skittles or something to chew on. Instead of reaching for candy now, I pick up my dehydrated fruit and its just like eating candy! Sweet, chewy, and all sorts of different flavors. The only difference: its not quite as bad for me!
Canned fruit of any kind; peaches, pears, fruit cocktail, pineapple, apricots, etc. are awesome in the dehydrator. My newest thing: strawberries. I love Special K Cereal with the dried strawberries in it. These strawberries taste like they came right out of the box. Since I don't have a huge amount of strawberry plants right now, I will probably end up drying a lot of my berries to eat later.
Another fun thing that I took from Dehydrate2Store was kiwi infused strawberry. Simply slice the two fruits and lay the slices on top of each other while drying. Magnificent!
Posted by Wife of a Fab Redneck