Dusted Off

I dusted off this.

It has been ages since I had dehydrated anything.  Probably almost a year.

With the chillier weather and a craving for something warm, last night I fired up the hot box.

Being that it runs for hours and hours it’s not the type of appliance I’d run in the summer since my small kitchen tends to get extra toasty when it’s on, but in the winter, I’ll take the “free” heat without turning on the heater.

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I dehydrated bananas.  Ground-breaking indeed.

I don’t really “love” bananas just to eat.  I like them in banana-containing recipes but I am not one to just chomp into a banana for a snack.  Something about them plain, as is, that I just don’t care for all that much.

But give me warm, dehydrated bananas slices and I could single-handedly make the prices of Dole stock rise.

They are not pretty creatures in their wrinkly post-dehydrated state.  And night-time photography in an already dark kitchen is not a pretty experience either.  Gah, hate the shorter and shorter days.

But these ‘nanas are so good.  Chewy, sweet, warm little discs.

Dehydrating removes the water and therefore concentrates the flavor of whatever it is you’re dehydrating and in this case the banana slices get sweeter and richer tasting.

So perfect.

Questions:

1. What have you revisited or dusted off lately?

I dusted off my nifty fifty.  I still don’t “love” it but I’m liking it more.   I’d like a prime lens for food photography.  If anyone has one you love for food photography, holla.  Canon 35mm f/2.0 or 35mm f/1.4 anyone?  50 mm f/1.4  or 1.2?

I’ve also revisited these bars after not having them for about six months.  Happy I did.

2.  Do you own a dehydrator?  Want one?

As I’ve said in this post, I do not use my dehydrator much at all.  Nearly a year could go by in between uses.  I find the oven to be much quicker, more efficient, and dehydrators are very bulky and take up a fair amount of precious countertop real estate.

For the person who just wants to make cheezy kale chips or chocolate coconut kale chips you can make them in the oven, and I do make them in the oven with decent results, i.e. low oven 200F, door ajar if you wish, and wait and flip, wait and flip.

You’d be doing the same thing with a dehydrator, more or less.

That said, if you just have to have one, or you own one already and really adore yours, awesome!

I would personally spend $250 on a good food processor, a refurbished Vita-Mix, a Kitchen-Aid Stand Mixer or other appliances before I’d allocate resources to a dehydrator.   Because those are some pretty pricey banana slices if you average it out based on how (in)frequently I use mine, but it’s fun when I do dust it off.

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57 comments on “Dusted Off”

  1. I used to pine for a dehydrator, but since I did some research into the ‘raw food’ thing in my graduate courses and discovered that food enzymes are denatured by stomach acid anyway, I’ve been less obsessed. I make kale chips, dried fruit, macaroons and essene bread in my oven on low heat – it’s probably a little hotter than a dehydrator, but also doesn’t take as long, and that’s good because I have the patience of a two year old. With kale chips or any dried vege crisps, I really have to be in the mood to make them. The thing that annoys me is that it takes soooo long to wash them, dry them, cut them up, massage them, season them, lay them out, wait for them to dry with multiple inspections.. and then it takes .. one minute to eat them all. :D

  2. I love dehydrated bananas… I put peanut butter on a few before I dehydrated them and they were amazing!

  3. I recently dusted off my food processor to make peanut butter again, and I wonder why I don’t do that more often – easy, quick, and sooo much tastier than the store bought stuff!

  4. The bananas look super tasty. I don’t ever just bite into a banana either. I really like their flavor in recipes, but something about just eating a banana doesn’t get me that excited. Unless I’m out and about and they are the only option.

  5. I think once a get a bigger kitchen I will definitely get a dehydrator. I think making something as simple and yummy as banana chips and kale chips would make me super happy. Thanks for sharing!

  6. Simple real estate issue solved. I just keep mine in the laundry. And I know plenty of people that keep theirs in bedrooms or spare rooms whilst in use. It’s not like you need access to it in the kitchen. Love my dehydrator and can’t see me living without it now. :)

  7. I don’t own a dehydrator, but I do love dehydrated foods, and I would like to get one when I have more room to store it.

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  10. do not forget, one can also make yogurt, jerky, fruit roll-ups, granolas, dry flowers from the garden or make popouri and many, many other things. so many ideas, so little time. but i do leave mine on the counter. i live on a farm in costa rica and have all the bananas and pineapple and papayas that i could possibly want. ps try watermelon in hot box. yummy. excaliber is the best market can offer…. thanx

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