I am a Dehydrating Machine!

Yesterday I busted open my Nesco Dehydrator that I got for my birthday last month. Since the move I haven’t had much time to use it, but yesterday I found some free time and dehydrated up a storm!

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First I sliced up some strawberries and one banana. I also threw some blueberries on there for good measure.

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Yum Yum! I was almost done with my blueberry and strawberry packets so I threw what I had left on the dehydrator. I also can’t believe one banana made that many slices. I could have probably sliced even more! 

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I also used a ton of oranges that I got at Whole Foods the other day.

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I only used 2 of the trays that came with the set. I had 2 extras. Think of all the other fun things I will be able to dehydrate! I need to go and buy more fruits and veggies!

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For the blueberries, it was a little weird. The directions for everything else was just slice it and lay it on the tray. For the blueberries, you had to put them in boiling water until they “popped”

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This caused a serious mess. And I think I lost half my blueberries in the hot water battle.

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Check out all the blueberries I got. Half of them were wasted. I don’t think I did that right, but how can you screw it up? Anyone have any blueberry dehydrating suggestions?

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Check out my dehydrator in action. I wish it was square shape, it would fit better in the kitchen, but I only am going to put it out when I am using it, so I guess size doesn’t matter (in this case). The only thing about this is that it turned our apartment into a sauna. It generated A LOT of heat.

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I started the dehydrating process around noon yesterday, and woke up this morning to dried snack fruit heaven!

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Check out these beauties! Strawberry and banana chips, orange crisps galore! The blueberry disasters were not as fabulous.

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Here is all my dehydrated loot:

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Again, the blueberries were pretty much a disaster. Not very fabulous, and I put a whole bunch in the hot water and I apparently made like 7. Man down.

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The strawberries were pretty good. I enjoyed them. Even though the dehydrator made the apartment very hot, the strawberries made the apartment smell like fruit roll up. And I enjoyed that very much!

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My favorite out of the 4 were the banana chips. They were so fresh.

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I made a TON of the orange slices. They were pretty good too. Some were tart, but I liked them. They had a little tang to them.

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I took a whole baggie of dried fruit with me today. I snacked on it all day, and it was fabulous!

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Anyone else out there do any dehydrating? I am looking for any tips and tricks you have! If you don’t have one of these bad boys, you should totally invest. It pretty much rocks!

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5 Comments

  • Reply ~Mrs. Guru~ July 23, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    hmm, I need one of those. That looks like fun!

  • Reply Genesis July 23, 2009 at 11:08 pm

    ooh i just got a dehydrator too! my bf made beef jerky and it was SO good. I have to try it with fruit this weekend.

  • Reply Denise July 24, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Looks tasty but was it worth it for what you got out of it?? I've been wondering if I want one of these.

  • Reply Charm City Kim July 24, 2009 at 8:23 am

    I think I need that magical machine!

  • Reply Julia July 24, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    ooohhh I want one!

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