So far, most of my experiments in the kitchen have been pretty successful. From my random vinaigrettes to preparing edible flowers– there have been a couple fails here and there, but overall Claire and I are enjoying our trials. Like today, for example, I had a whole jar full of autumn olives that I didn’t want to spoil, as well as a ton of blueberries in the freezer. I’ve been debating trying to acquire a dehydrator, and in the meantime I figured I’d try my hand with the oven. So I hit up my “go to”, Pinterest, to see what other people had to offer…
Upon investigating, it seems that using the oven on its lowest setting, you can dehydrate all kinds of fruits in anywhere from 2-4 hours. It matters how much liquid is in what you’re drying (i.e. banana vs mango). Seemed manageable it happened to be a rather chilly “stay home” day, so I rallied Claire and my trusty blender, the berries and some honey, and we went for it! We tossed it all in and spread it out on a parchment paper lined baking sheet, and this is how it went in.
Easy enough, right? So we continued on with our day, eagerly awaiting lunchtime when we thought our fruit snacks would be ready. Well, let me tell you- lunchtime came and went and our snack wasn’t near done. Nap time took its course, and finally by dinner we pulled it out. 8 HOURS LATER!! Are you kidding? And it still wasn’t totally cooked through the middle!
But, we did enjoy using our Halloween cookie cutters and making fun shapes out of our fruit. It was very tasty, and if you have an entire day to stay home and man the oven, then I absolutely recommend you give this a shot. Your house will smell so yummy you won’t even need a candle! As for me, I’ll see if Santa can hook me up with a dehydrator. Happy snacking!