I have a great desire to own a dehydrator. I have researched and found what I feel is the best balance between low wattage and full features. I definitely want to dehydrate liquids, so I must be able to get leather trays. The only problem is paying for it lol. I really want to pay for it without going into the household budget, so I wait a little longer. In the meantime, however, my desire to dry everything in sight will not be silenced. So, once again, necessity is the mother of invention. Here is my solution until I get a real dehydrator.
A combination of cookie sheets, cooling racks, and my woodstove have given me rather pleasing results. The kids left out some carrots, celery and bananas, so I grabbed them. A stray partial onion also got nabbed. They soon found themselves sliced thin and lined up in rows. About 8-10 hours later, the bananas disappeared, and the carrots, celery, and onions found their way into a jar now reserved for dry soup veggies. Next we tried canned peaches. I put up jars of peaches last year only to discover that my kids don’t really like canned peaches. So we opened a jar and dried them up. They tasted like fruit rollups. Yummy! They also disappeared. By the way, the woodstove is also very good at drying up sprouted grains that need to be ground. I used a few soup veggies in a pasta salad this evening, and Doug was completely sold. “These are like real carrots!” Well, they are real carrots, but I didn’t cook them beyond the 7 minutes I cooked the pasta. I just let them sit in good warm water for about half and hour and then proceeded as usual.
Obviously, I have big plans. By the time the real dehydrator arrives, I might just have the hang of this thing! In the meantime, no abandoned partially eaten banana is safe.