Dehydrating Melons and Banana’s


As the wealth of fresh summer fruits and veggies are continuing you have to ask yourself.  What do I do with all of this food before it goes bad?  One of the answers to this is to Dehydrate it.  Neither of these two comes from my garden but they were on sale and are two very easy things to dehydrate.  And both are very tasty when they are finished.  Usually about when August hits I have my dehydrator running nearly every day until close to christmas.  The amount of things that can be dehydrated and used during the colder parts of the year are enormous.  And if they are don right you lose little to no nutrients out of them in the process.  The main thing about dehydrating is getting the correct temperature for what you are drying.  And don’t mix things that are require different temperatures.  Such as herbs and fruit.  Herbs need to be dried at a much lower temperature than fruit do.

Banana: peel and cut banana’s crosswise into about 1/4 inch slices.  At this point you can dip them in lemon juice to prevent them from turning brown.  This is optional since it only affects the appearance and not the taste of the banana chip.  Lay the slices on your drying tray making sure that they are not touching each other.  Then dry at 130F for 8-10 hours.  The chips will feel dry and leathery when they are done.  They will still be a little sticky so remove them from the tray before they cool to prevent them from cementing to the tray.

Banana chips that have been soaked in lemon juice to prevent browning
Banana chips that have been soaked in lemon juice to prevent browning

Honeydew: Cut melon in half and scoop out the seeds from each section.  Then slice each section into quarters. (8 slices total)  You can then cut the rind off each section and then slice them into 1/4 inch thick pieces.  Total size is personal preference for drying as long as they are all the same thickness.  Dry at 130F for 16-18 hour.  (lots of water in these puppies)  When done they will be dry and leathery but still flexible.  Canalopes can be done the same way but only require 10-12 hours to dry.

Honeydew with rind cut off and slices into quarter inch wedges
Honeydew with rind cut off and slices into quarter inch wedges

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