This week I visited with my friend Terri and her sister-in-law, Kathy. The purpose of our visit was for Terri to show us how she dries fresh fruits, veggies, and herbs for later use. I have made Apple Chips before and have been very pleased with the results, so I thought that this would be a great chance to learn more about drying other foods.
To start out our day together, Terri showed off some of her previous efforts. Pictured above are dried bananas, apples, mangos, and oranges. We taste tested all of these along with some dried blueberries. She also showed us some onions, green peppers, and basil that she had previously dried. Terri uses an inexpensive food dehydrator to dry her fresh produce and she shared with us lots of information on the different types of dehydrators available. There are pros and cons to each type and Terri has done her research. And, she gladly answered all of our questions. I really enjoyed our time together learning about something new. Thank you Terri for being such a patient teacher!
I haven’t decided yet if I am going to start scouring the thrift stores for the perfect food dehydrator (I see them often). But, before I do, I will probably do some research on drying fruits and veggies in the oven. So, if you have any experience with either using a food dehydrator, or with drying your produce in the oven, please share your knowledge in the comments below or join in the discussion on the You Can Make That Facebook Page. I would love see what you have to say.
This post has been linked to Try New Adventures Thursday.