Dehydrating is a science

Categories:Trail Food

A few weekends ago I got a food dehydrator.  Since then I have been dehydrating pretty much every fruit I can get my hands on. So far I have tried  Apples, Bananas, Strawberries, Pineapples, and cantaloupe.  I have learned that you should really try to make all of the items the same size when cutting them. You can slice them thin or you can cube them.  The nice things about the cubes is that they can be easily added to trail mixes. I have also noticed that the time frames are very odd for dehydrating fruit. Some of the times are 4-10 hours others are 8-20. They also require you cut the pieces into what I feel very large 3/8″ or 1/2″ pieces. So trying to learn the time it takes to dry the food I have chopped up has been quite interesting. I would recommend not leaving it go overnight for most fruit cut up quite small because you may be surprised at how quick they actually Dehydrate. The apples to the right only took two and a half hours.

The next thing I want to experiment with are fruit rolls. If you are not familiar with them they are pretty easy to make. Simply dump any and all fruit you want in your mix into a blender and liquify them. Once that is done you take the fruit mush and pour it onto the special “wet ingredients” tray and let it go. Once I have mastered that it is on to meats and sauces.  Should be an interesting few weeks in my kitchen. I hope most of it can be eaten :-D.

What are your favorite dehydrated things? Do you dehydrate and why?

Happy Dehydrating.


Adam Nutting relishes being an avid backpacker, hiker, and all-around adventure junkie. While he currently spends his time hiking in the backcountry of southern Arizona, he grew up in Missouri, where he was naturally inclined to spend as much time as he could outdoors. Adam’s passion for the outdoors grew as he climbed the ranks of the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, eventually attaining the rank of Eagle Scout.

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