The kiwi is an awesome fruit, not only because it’s super delicious but because it has a lot of health benefits.
One kiwi gives you more vitamin C than an orange. It’s packed with fibers (so very good for fighting constipation during pregnancy, hahaha), vitamin E, folic acid (it’s very important for expectant mothers and it’s always better to take folic acid in real food than in pills) and many more minerals.
Depend on the number of kiwis you are using
* 4 cups water
* 1 cup lemon juice
* Peel the kiwis. (Use only ripe fruits!) Slice kiwis into 1/4-inch chips. The thinner the slices are, the faster they will dehydrate.
* Place all the kiwi slices in the lemon solution and let them rest for 4-5 minutes.
* Drain the extra lemon juice and lay the kiwi slices on the dehydrator tray. Leave enough space between kiwi slices on the tray to allow sufficient air flow for drying.
* Put the trays into the dehydrator and set the temperature to 135’F . Close the dehydrator and let the kiwis dry. Check them after 4-5 hours (about half way through) so you will be able to manage the time left. It will also help the slices to dry more evenly. It took me around 8-9 hours to get great kiwi chips.
*Kiwi chips are not like crispy fruit chips like banana for example. they are more chewy. Store dried chips into an air tight container when they are fully cool. Store at room temperature.
After buying all that kale the other day I decided to make kale powder (I found that idea on internet while browsing for kale-related articles).
Kale powder can be use in many things like in sauces, in scramble tofu, is salads, in smoothies, as a garnish… the possibilities are.. more than just these few, haha. In fact I stopped pulsing the kale just before having a super fine powder, I wanted to look like dried parsley.. to use as an herb in recipes.
I love kale, I could eat kale everyday of my life (and spinach too… in fact all greens.. I’m a big fan)
(I used a big bunch, the final product is a little over 1/2 cup of kale powder)
* Cut out the thick ribs oh each kale leave.
* Soak kale in water or special veggie/fruit soap (like I did) to remove any sand or dirt. Rinse kale and place on a towel and allow to dry. The dryer the leaves are, the faster they will dry in the dehydrator.
* Lay out on your dehydrator trays, and then dry at about 125’F (52.5’C) until they are all dry and crispy. you can check them after few hours to see how they are doing. Mine were dry in 4 hours.
* Place all the crispy dehydrated kale in your food processor and pulse until you reach the perfect texture for you.
* Poor the powder in an airtight container (I used a mason glass jar) and store.
I love bananas, in every form, fresh, dried, muffins, pancakes, bread… it’s such an awesome fruit!!! It’s rich in potassium and vitamins.
This kind of *chips* is perfect for my husband who is currently losing weight and training! 🙂
2 bananas.. but in chips 😉
* 2 very ripe bananas
* lemon juice
* Peel the bananas. (Use only very ripe fruits!) Slice bananas into 1/4-inch chips.
* Dip each banana slice into the lemon juice. This step are helping the bananas not to become all brown.
* Drain the extra lemon juice and lay the banana slice on the dehydrator tray. Leave enough space between banana slices on the tray to allow sufficient air flow for drying.
* Put the trays into the dehydrator and set initial temperature to 150’F and dry at that temperature for the first two hours. Turn the temperature down to 130’F. From here it will take another 7-8 hours for bananas to fully dry. Half way through turn the banana slices to make sure they will dry correctly.
* If the banana chips are leathery to crisp, they are done. Cool the banana chips for a few hours in the dehydrator before removing them. Store dried chips into plastic bags when they are fully cool. Store at room temperature.
The other day my mom gave us two enormous ripe pineapples.. one was eaten the same day (Oh gosh! It was DELICIOUS!), haha.. but the other one.. I thought it was about time to try my new dehydrator (because yep I received it last Christmas from my mom-in-law and never tried it…hummm what a super shame!)
I was stressed (for no reason) to try it.. so I only used half of the fruit.. I peeled it, cored it and sliced it. I added nothing else… why adding something, fruits are amazing the way they are!
It took about… 14-15 hours before the result was the way I wanted.
They taste like heaven! It’s like eating a whole pineapple in only 1 bite, it’s super concentrated, way more than the one you can buy already made and heh, no preservatives!! You can keep them for almost a year if they are in a container..but mine didn’t last, hahahaha my husband ate them all..well Dalie liked them too! So it’s a total success for my first time with a dehydrator! Next time, I’ll make some carrot chips.. we bought some at Bulk Barn the other day and it was so delicious!
(Without the other layers..)
And you.. having great ideas for me to try with my dehydrator?