August 01, 2016

Nature's Candy: Dehydrating fresh pineapple (only 1 ingredient needed)

The photo is silly with little sunshine's because it's a screen shot of my snapchat picture I put on my storyline for my family that day.  One of our favorite snacks this summer has been freeze dried fruit slices I ordered online.  I bought a multi pack of freeze dried peaches, cinnamon apple slices, strawberries and bananas.  (You can see what I'm talking about here as they are available through Amazon;  Fresh Essentials Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices)  Freeze dried foods are expensive but I can make the next best thing by dehydrating and boy has our dehydrator been busy! 

Dehydrating pineapple slices is so quick and easy - I found I do not need any other ingredients at all.  You don't need to dip them in a lemon juice mixture or use citric acid or anything.  Just slice and dry!  

Dehydrated Pineapple

1 fresh pineapple

Clean and core your pineapple.  Slice it into either small 1" pieces or thin slices, depending on what you like best.  The idea is to have your pieces or slices pretty uniform in size and thickness.  Dehydrate according to your machine; ours does not have a temperature control, just a simple 'on' and 'off'.  It takes about 6-7 hours dry time for our machine (Weston Food Dehydrator, 4 Tray)  Flip the slices or pieces over half way through cooking. I also like to rotate the trays as they dry faster on the bottom rack than the top.  Remove slices to a plate to cool as they become dehydrated. 

Eat immediately or put in plastic baggy or vacuum food seal. 

Products related to this post available through Amazon;
Fresh Essentials Freeze-Dried Strawberry Slices
Emergency Essentials Freeze Dried Banana Slices - 16 oz
Weston Food Dehydrator, 4 Tray

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