How to Dehydrate Heirloom Tomatoes

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I picked an enormous bowl full of heirloom tomatoes the other day but since I’m still feeling a little under the weather, instead of making salsa, I went ahead and whipped up a batch of sun dried tomatoes instead. {Well technically, they’re called dehydrated tomatoes}. ;)

tomatoes cut

I LOVE adding sun dried tomatoes to homemade pizzas, pasta salads and rustic soups in the winter time. So in the summer I like to stock up as much as I can.

tomatoes seasoned

My recipe for dehydrated tomatoes is pretty simple.

Ingredients

5 pounds small, ripe tomatoes, halved {I like to use cherry tomatoes}
2 tablespoons olive oil {Zoe brand is my favorite}
1 tablespoon dried basil
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon pepper

tomatoes dehydrated

Directions

Mix all the ingredients together in a large bowl. Spread seasoned tomato halves on dehydrator trays and cook for 6 to 10 hours at 135 degrees or until the tomatoes are nice and chewy.

sun dried tomatoes

Once the tomatoes have finished drying, store them in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator and use within 1 month.  If you’d like to freeze your tomatoes, simply place them in portioned bags {I do 1/2 cup portions} and place the tomatoes in zip baggies then toss the tomatoes in the freezer to enjoy all winter long.

Do you have a food dehydrator but don’t know where to start?  Check out the book The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes By Jennifer MacKenzie.  With over 400 recipes, your sure to find something everyone in your family will like.

~ Looking for a dehydrator?  Go HERE.  Amazon has a ton of them in stock right now.

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How to Dehydrate Mangoes

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How to Dehydrate Mangoes

One of my kids favorite dehydrated fruits is a mango, but I’ve never dried them myself. Until now. It was surprisingly easy. I’m not sure why I fear mangoes so much sometimes. Their skin makes them a little mysterious. Peeling them was a bit tricky and I might have let a cuss word or two fly when I accidentally peeled my finger {don’t try that at home}, but trust me when I say the end result was totally worth it. Yum.

mangos

How to Dehydrate Mangoes

Gather your firm and ripe mangoes. Buying mangoes to dehydrate that are too soft or unripened can affect the quality of your dehydrated fruit. If you squish them, they should have just a little give. That makes for a perfectly dehydrated mango.

Wash and peel the fruit, making sure all skin is removed. You can peel the mango by scoring it around lengthwise and peeling off both sections, or by attacking it with a potato peeler {which often attacks back so beware}.

how to dehydrate mangos

Cut the fruit into lengthwise slices about 1/4 inch thick. You can do thicker slices if you want chewier fruit, but it will take longer to dehydrate fully.

Place your trays into the dehydrator and arrange the mango slices so that they lay flat on the trays. Do not clump the slices together or overlap them because it will take forever to get them dehydrated and they won’t dehydrate evenly.

Set your dehydrator to 135 degrees and dehydrate for about 12 hours. If you want them a bit chewier, check them at 10 hours.

Store in an air-tight container or Ziploc bag.

Looking for more yummy things to dehydrate? Check out how to dehydrate:

Apples
Mushrooms
Carrots
Watermelon
Tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Strawberries

food dehydrator and book

Are you a dehydrator rookie? Well this book and this dehydrator are your 1st step to becoming a dehydrating master. You can thank me later.

The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator

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How to Dehydrate Sage

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I love to dehydrate herbs so I can use them all year long. It’s a pretty simple process that can also enhance their flavors. When you dehydrate sage, it will be four times more potent than fresh sage! Perfect for all those winter recipes that call for fresh sage {especially around Thanksgiving time}.

how to dehydrate sage

How to Dehydrate Sage

Preheat the dehydrator to between 95 and 115 degrees. If you live in a humid area, turn the machine to 125 degrees.

Remove sage leaves form stems. Rinse leaves under cold running water and gently shake them to remove excess water.

Lay the leaves on the trays of the dehydrator in one layer. I’ve heard you’re not supposed to overlap them, but I did and they turned out just fine.

how to dehydrate sage

Leave the machine running and periodically check it. It can take between one and four hours. If the stems break or the leaves crumble, they are ready to remove from the machine. Remove the leaves from the stems and store the leaves in an airtight container.

Looking for more yummy things to dehydrate? Check out how to dehydrate:

Apples
Mushrooms
Carrots
Watermelon
Tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Strawberries

food dehydrator and book

Are you a dehydrator rookie? Well this book and this dehydrator are your 1st step to becoming a dehydrating master. You can thank me later.

The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Dehydrate Kiwifruit

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Remember all that kiwi fruit I scored from the chicken scrap boxes last week? Well I certainly didn’t want it to go to waste and since there’s only so much kiwi I can force my family to eat before it goes bad, I dehydrated it. And man were the results tasty! Now I can throw these in a trail mix or use them as a quick healthy snack on the run.

Did you know that a kiwi fruit has more vitamin C than an orange?! Too bad the pirates didn’t know about this, I bet it could have prevented a few cases of scurvy.

kiwi fruit sliced

How to Dehydrate Kiwi

Wash kiwi, trim the brown peel from the outer edge, and cut into slices 1/4-1/2 inch thick {an egg slicer makes this step super easy!}. The thinner the slices, the quicker the kiwifruit will dehydrate.

how to dehydrate kiwi fruit

Arrange slices in a single layer on the dehydrator tray. Cover & set dehydrator to 135 degrees.

how to dehydrate kiwi fruit
Check the kiwifruit slices after six hours. Dehydrated kiwifruit slices will not be crisp like banana chips but bendable and a wee bit chewy. They can take anywhere from 6-12 hours to dehydrate.

Have you ever tried dried kiwifruit before? The Girl Who Thinks She’s a bird really like it. But then again, I don’t think there is a dried fruit she doesn’t like. ;)

~Mavis

Looking for more yummy things to dehydrate? Check out how to dehydrate:

Apples
Mushrooms
Carrots
Watermelon
Tomatoes
Swiss Chard
Strawberries

food dehydrator and book

Are you a dehydrator rookie? Well this book and this dehydrator are your 1st step to becoming a dehydrating master. You can thank me later.

The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

Amazon – Free Easy Food Dehydrating and Safe Food Storage Kindle Book

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Amazon currently has Easy Food Dehydrating and Safe Food Storage By Susan Gast available as a FREE ebook download.  If you have never dehydrated anything before this is a great freebie, so get it while you can.

Easy Food Dehydrating and Safe Food Storage is illustrated with how-to photos for dehydrating, storing, and re-hydrating your foods. Included are easy-to-make recipes the whole family will enjoy. To close the book, let’s not forget “why” you should begin dehydrating food in these uncertain times – and how having dehydrated food on hand in emergency situations could just save your family’s lives.

Here are links to a few of my favorite foods I like to dehydrate.

How to Dehydrate Carrots
How to Dehydrate Strawberries
How to Dehydrate Tomatoes
How to Dehydrate Swiss Chard
How To Dehydrate Apples
How to Dehydrate Mushrooms
How to Dehydrate Watermelon

If you are looking for a deal on a dehydrator, Amazon has my favorite Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator on sale for $37.08 shipped if you need one.

This post may contain affiliate links. These affiliate links help support this site. For more information, please see my disclosure policy. Thank you for supporting One Hundred Dollars a Month.

How to Dehydrate Carrots

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Imagine how much easier life would have been for the pilgrims if they would have only had food dehydrators.  The pilgrims would have been able to dry tons and tons of vegetables for winter and provide hot and hearty stews for their peeps.

But I suppose they would of needed electricity for that.  Oh well, at least this pilgrim has electricity.

Making dehydrated carrots requires two easy steps.

  1. Slice clean carrots 1/4 -inch thick
  2. Place carrots on dehydrator trays and turn the food dehydrator on {about 6 hours}

Once the carrots are fully dried, place them in an airtight container and store in a cool, dark place.

Pretty easy stuff if you ask  me.

Mavis wants to know – What is the strangest thing you have dehydrated?

Looking for more ideas on how to use your food dehydrator? Check out Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook. Amazon currently has it on sale for only $12.53. The reviews on this book are rock solid!

Need a food dehydrator? Go HERE.

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How to Dehydrate Strawberries

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If your garden is overflowing with strawberries, or you bought way to many berries recently, you should give dehydrated strawberries a try.  Not only are they great to snack on, but dehydrated strawberries are a nice addition to oatmeal, granola and dried cereal.  You can even toss them into a basic scone mix to liven them up.

Making dehydrated strawberries requires two steps.

  1. Slice berries 1/4 -inch thick
  2. Place berries on dehydrator trays and turn the food dehydrator on {about 6 hours}

Seriously.  Making dehydrated strawberries is really that simple.

After your berries cool down and firm up a bit, place them in an airtight container away from light {like your pantry}.  They should keep for several years, but I highly doubt you’ll be able to resist them that long.

These are the gadgets I used.

Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator $39.99 Shipped

Excellante Aluminum Egg Slicer, Square Shape $8.34

So has your food dehydrator been running 24/7?

What’s in there?

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How to Dehydrate Watermelon – How to Make Watermelon Candy

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First of all, you people are CRAZY!

Yesterday I asked…

“If you suddenly found yourself with 15 FREE watermelon halves, what would you do with them?

Never, in a million years, would I have thought you’d suggest I dehydrate a bunch of watermelon to make watermelon candy.

Here is how to do it -

  • Slice watermelon 1/2 -inch thick and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • Lay watermelon on dehydrator trays
  • Dehydrate on the “fruits and vegetables” setting {135 degrees on mine} for 6-8 hours
  • Let cool, then store in an air tight container

My teenagers thought this watermelon candy was wicked good, and yours probably will too!

Peace Out Girl Scouts,

Enjoy the day!

Mavis

Looking for more ideas on how to use your food dehydrator?  Check out Mary Bell’s Complete Dehydrator Cookbook.  Amazon currently has it on sale for only $12.53.  The reviews on this book are rock solid!

Need a dehydrator?  Go HERE.

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Frugal Living – How to Dehydrate Tomatoes

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In our latest box of reclaimed produce {I’ll post the pictures tomorrow} there were a ton of free tomatoes that needed to be dealt with right away.  The quickest thing I could think to with them was to make a batch of dehydrated tomatoes.

If you have never dehydrated tomatoes before it’s super easy.

  • Wash, dry and quarter tomatoes
  • Season with olive oil and Italian seasonings
  • Lay on dehydrator trays and turn on the dehydrator
  • Tomatoes should be ready in 6- 10 hours depending on thickness

After the tomatoes have finished drying, store them in an airtight container and place in the refrigerator and use within 1 month.  In years past I have also placed dehydrated tomatoes in glass canning jars and placed them in the freezer for up to a year.

Note- We like our dehydrated tomatoes a little on the chewy side.  This means all the juice is not removed and therefore the dried tomatoes cannot be stored as long.  If you want to keep them longer than a year, simply dehydrate them until all the moisture is gone and they’ll last you a lot longer.

Have YOU ever dehydrated or tried sun dried tomatoes before?  What is your favorite way to use them?  I like to chop them up and add them to pasta salads.

Do you have a food dehydrator but don’t know where to start?  Check out the book The Dehydrator Bible: Includes over 400 Recipes By Jennifer MacKenzie.  With over 400 recipes, your sure to find something everyone in your family will like.

~ Looking for a dehydrator?  Go HERE.  Amazon has a ton of them in stock right now.

 

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How to Dehydrate Swiss Chard

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Last week while I was swimming in a sea of Swiss Chard, someone suggested I dehydrate it.  At first I thought it was a weird idea.  But after thinking about it for a few days it totally made sense.

I could dehydrate the chard, store it, and then use it this winter as an extra nutritional boost in soups and stews.  Freakin’ genius!

If you have never dehydrated Swiss chard before it is ridiculously easy.

  • Pick chard
  • Wash chard
  • Dry chard
  • Cut chard into 4 inch pieces
  • Lay chard flat on trays
  • Turn dehydrator on {it took 3 hours at 135 degrees for me}
  • Cool chard
  • Store chard in a dark pantry until ready to use

See, how easy was that?  Piece of cake!

So tell me, what’s the strangest thing you have ever dehydrated?

 

If you are looking for a deal on a dehydrator, Amazon has my favorite Nesco American Harvest Food Dehydrator on sale for $35.99 shipped if you need one.

 

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