Having a dehydrator in your kitchen makes it a cinch to create your own healthy snacks. There are heaps of fruits and veggies you can dry with your kitchen dehydrator. A huge benefit of dehydrated fruits and vegetables is that they have a long shelf life, as well as being lightweight which makes them perfect to store or take along to hikes and other outdoor activities.
Dehydrated fruits are packed full of flavour and sweetness, making them perfect for snacks, breakfasts and desserts. Cutting the fruit into thin slices helps them to dry quickly. Veggies take longer to dehydrate because they contain less acid, but they can be quite delicious when you do, and they make great chips!
Here’s a list of our favourite fruit and vegetables to dehydrate:
Apricots are incredibly tasty when dehydrated and are an excellent source of several important nutrients, including fibre, potassium, and antioxidant carotenoids. As is true of most dried fruits, they provide more nutritional value by weight than the fresh varieties. Once dehydrated, they’re great for throwing into salads, accompanying a platter, or for kid’s lunchboxes. Dehydrated apricots make the perfect on-the-go snack.
Pure and simple, tomatoes taste amazing, and you can do so much with them. By dehydrating tomatoes you can enjoy them all year round. They’re extremely easy to dehydrate and can be used in stews, pizza toppings, homemade ketchup and puree or even grind them down into powder. They’ll last for six months at room temperature, but in the freezer, dehydrated tomatoes are still perfect after a year.
Conveniently coming in their own wrapper, bananas are the perfect grab-and-go snack and are often cheap compared to a lot of other fruits. Rich in potassium and fibre, dehydrated bananas are lightweight and an ideal way to raise your energy levels. Once dried, dehydrated bananas can be eaten as a snack or combined with nuts and other dried fruits to make a trail mix, as well as be used to decorate cakes or other baked goods.
Bursting with antioxidants, blueberries are perfect to throw into the dehydrator. Once dehydrated, blueberries become crunchy and super sweet and are ideal for sprinkling on to your breakfast cereal, mixing in with your yoghurt or putting in a smoothie. Dehydrated blueberries have a higher caloric content by weight than fresh blueberries because of the concentrated sugar which makes them the perfect choice for athletes looking for a quick energy boost.
Dehydrating carrots is easy to do and they’re full of healthy vitamins and minerals. Once dehydrated, the carrots take up very little space and weigh almost nothing, which makes them very easy to store. By dehydrating them they become perfect for tossing directly into soups, stews, casseroles or pasta sauces. They can also be ground into powder to use in cakes, smoothies, and breads. Not to mention that they taste great just as a chip, perfect for dipping in your favourite sauce.
A single zucchini is quite productive and can easily overwhelm a good-sized family, so preserving it for the future by dehydrating it is a good and frugal idea. Dehydrating zucchini is very easy to do and is a great way for adding to so many recipes. A great alternative to candy, dehydrated zucchini makes sumptuous zucchini chips which kids will love. Dehydrated zucchini can also be used in breads, soups, and casseroles, as well as dips.
Dehydrating onions can be a tearful and odourful task, but it’s a worthwhile job. Onions are a very versatile vegetable and a great source of vitamin A and potassium. Once dehydrated, they’re great for use in tons of recipes such as soups, stews, and chilli as well as grinding them down for use as a powder for meals. They also store well in long-term storage with proper packaging.
Another vegetable stocked full of healthy vitamins and minerals, mushrooms are ideal vegetable to dehydrate and use for your cooking. They are extremely lightweight, nutritious, and very easy to rehydrate. Once dehydrated, mushrooms can be added to omelettes, soups, pasta, as well as make great toppings for pizza.
So there you have it, putting fruits and vegetables in your dehydrator will help preserve them so they’ll last longer without spoilage provided you store them properly. A great way to save money and keep your pantry stocked full of yummy goodness.