A few different boards I frequent have been talking about the awesome amounts of great fruit they have gotten this summer and dehydrating it to make natural fruit roll ups, dehydrating their garden veggies for winter soups, and even making their own beef or turkey jerky!
What perfect timing Aldi has this week with a dehydrator for under $20! This will let you try it all, for a minimal price – you could even share it with a friend – both taking turns making treats!
Aldi has the Crofton Food Dehydrator in their ad this week for just $19.99. It has 5 stackable drying trays, quiet operation and is easy to clean and it has a 2 year warranty (according to the ad). This means you could prep food before bed and let it rip while you sleep – yipee! (I love things that work for me while I sleep — seriously, I have this thing for my crock pot, LOL)
Almost 20 years ago, when I was pretty new in Tupperware, we had a Ronco Dehydrator as a host gift and it got me hooked! It helps you preserve the summer items for winter use.
Here are a few ideas of what you could do with this:
Make Fruit Roll-ups!
Puree 4 Cups fresh fruit and add 1/2 cup honey. Spread 1/4 inch thick and let it rip. (Seriously, it’s so friggin’ easy that you have to try it!)
Seriously, you could use just plain old apple sauce and run it for 5-7 hours — SUPER simple, and VERY cheap if you make your own applesauce like we do!
Make Fruit Chips!
Like Special K with Strawberries? You can dehydrator Strawberries yourself! Slice them and dry for 4-5 hours…add them to any cereal you want!
Tired of making banana bread from all those bananas that you never get to eat before they pass that “point of no return”? Banana chips are SUPER hard to screw up! Simply slice them (I’ve never treated them before drying and they have never browned on me) and let them rip about 7 hours, them flip them over, and let go about 1 more hour. (You don’t need to flip them, but they come off easier later on if you do)
Don’t forget the Veggies!
Dried vegetables are every bit as versatile as fruits – you can make soups, stews, casseroles and more! Simply wash them, core/slice/peel or shred and follow the instruction guide to see if you need to steam or water blanch first.
This is just a list to get you started — you can pull up THOUSANDS of recipes with a quick Google search, or check out your local library for a fun cookbook. If you are thinking about this – get it before they are gone! It’s not a normal item for Aldi to carry – but a great price!