For Christmas I got the Nesco Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator! Of course I have already experimented with drying fruits and veggies. Check it out!
My first batch of dehydrated goodies included pineapple, apple, sweet potato, and marinated zucchini.
My marinated zucchini was simply the zucchini tossed with 1 tsp. of extra virgin olive oil and seasoning salt.
The Nesco couldn’t be easier to use – there are 5 large drying trays with the central dehydrating unit on the top. The heating element on the top is controlled by a dial on the lid which sets the temperature at which the food is dried (most recipes call for fruits and veggies to be dried at 140 degrees F).
You simply lay the cut fruits/veggies on the trays and stack the trays together.
Put the lid on and let it rip! The only drawback to DIY dehydrated goodies is the time investment. This batch took 12 hours. I know, it’s a lot. But the machine is build solid for continuous use and has great safety ratings. I let mine go from 5pm to 5am.
After all that, dried snacks! The verdict: the sweet potato wasn’t good (it needed to be cut a lot thinner; this thickness did nothing for the flavor or texture, oh well), the zucchini was good (I may cut that thicker next time), the pineapple was yummy and sweet (I may cut this thinner next time), and the apples were absolutely perfect as is.
Overall, it was a successful first round. I can’t wait to make fruit roll ups and jerky next!
(Product reviews are never sponsored; they are just my musings on products I’ve tried and want to share with you.)