Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dehydrated Snacks

Yesterday, as I was leaving to go to the Commissary, Lauren hollered after me, "Don't forget the apples, marshmallows, and pineapple!"

It sounds like a rather random list of favorite things for me to remember, but it actually makes perfect sense.  Apples, marshmallows, and pineapple are Lauren's favorite foods that I put in the dehydrator.

The idea of dehydrating marshmallows came about as sort of an experiment one morning after I snitched a few marshmallows out of Lauren's bowl of Lucky Charms.

The dried marshmallows are great for putting into our homemade granola when it's going to be too hot for chocolate chips. It's sometimes a struggle to keep enough of the marshmallows hidden away until I can mix up the granola -- they disappear rather quickly around here.

We've only had our dehydrator for a few weeks, but sometimes I think I need to run it at least every day or two in order to keep Lauren well supplied with snacks. Thankfully, I dry more fruit than I do marshmallows.

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  1. I NEVER thought to put marshmallows in a dehydrator, but it makes perfect sense -- if you ask me, Peeps in an Easter basket aren't ready to eat until at least Pentecost because they need "drying time." Lauren is BRILLIANT.

    And I guess I *could* dry fruit in one too...Are you willing to share which one you have?

  2. It's a nine-tray Excalibur. I put four big apples, a bag of marshmallows, and two cans of pineapple chunks in there yesterday. I'll probably do some bananas and strawberries tomorrow.

    Oohh... I bet you could make strawberry fruit leather in one. (I'm a bad influence, aren't I?)

  3. oh my goodness!!!!!! What a great idea! My kids are crazy about marshmallows, ever since they got eggs in their diet! It's their favorite snack and we go through a lot of them. I am definitely going to be trying this - never even thought of it! Thanks so much for posting.

  4. My mother-in-law bought a couple cookbooks on dehydrated meals to take when camping and on their trips to Alaska. I am not sure what the book titles are, but it was a great way to pack a lot of food since they wouldn't be close to a store. My daughter loves marshmallows too! If we ever find our packed (from the last move) dehydrator, then I will have to try this. Thank you for sharing.

  5. Hi, Cristi! I just found your website. I'm planning to dehyrdate my first batch of apples this weekend, and I love how yours came out! Can you tell me if you season them with anything (e.g., lemon juice, cinnamon)? Is slicing them thinly the trick to getting those crispy, crunchy apple slices? Do you know how long you leave them in the machine? I'd appreciate any words of advice! Thank you!

  6. I use a mandolin to get thin slices across the apples and then just put them on the dehydrator trays. I suspect they'd be good sprinkled with cinnamon or cinnamon sugar, but I do them plain. We live in a dry climate, and it takes about eight hours for the apple slices to get crunchy. It'll take longer with higher humidity levels.



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