When I was a kid we always had an abundance of fruits and vegetables! My mom used to have this HUGE garden that she would tend to everyday and we would visit the farmers market and roadside fruit stands! One of our favorite ways to preserve foods was to dehydrate them! My siblings and I would always sneak into the dehydrated before the fruits were done and eat them!
We dehydrated a ton of foods, but the one item that stood out most in my childhood memories was dehydrated seedless watermelon! The texture and taste of the dried watermelon is unlike any of the other fruits! We like to dry it completely so it is crunchy and SUPER sweet! Dehydrated watermelon is probably one of the sweetest dried fruits we have made! Everyone who has tried it agrees that it tastes like cotton candy! My boys eat it right out of the dehydrator while it is still hot, so once it is actually done I don’t really have much left to save!
Some of the foods we dehydrate:
Zucchini (GREAT for snacking and tastes like chips!)
plantain (savory) (Perfect for dipping in salsa!)
oranges (Great steeped with hot tea!)
Apples (green, red, golden)
lemons (Great steeped with hot tea!)
herbs (grow and make your own spices!)
garlic (used in flavored oil or to use as a spice)
fruit roll-ups (pour applesauce in the fruit roll tray)
Our dehydrator is a Nesco American Harvest Express Food Dehydrator. It came with a jerky gun and fruit roll trays! Amazon is the best place to buy one!