My New Toy!

I got a new toy earlier this week.  On Tuesday, my birthday actually.  But it wasn't really a birthday present.  Just happened to show up on that day.   Here's a picture of it:

In case you don't know what that is. It's a dehydrator.  The Nesco FD-75PR 700 Watt Food Dehydrator, to be exact.  It rocks.  I've been wanting one of these for a while.  I'm so glad I finally broke down and bought one.  This one has the top heater/fan, which helps dry it evenly.  It comes with 5 trays, 2 fine screens, and 2 fruit leather screens.

I broke down and bought it because I found bags of slightly brown bananas for $1 a bag.  Ended up being less than 30 cents a pound, which is pretty good.  I bought two bags. So I had to get a dehydrator to handle them all. :)

Bug helped me cut the bananas.  It was tedious. Especially since some of the bananas were definitely getting ripe. But he did good.

We ended up with 3 trays of bananas.  I, being of slow mind, forgot to oil the trays.  They were a pain to get off.  But we ended up with a 16 oz plastic container of banana chips.

We also did a tray of strawberry/banana fruit leather.  This was with the extra mushy bananas and some strawberry puree I had in the freezer from last summer.  We put the bananas and strawberries into our Magic Bullet to puree, Bug was very excited.

Since I had the dehydrator, I was able to hit up a sale on pineapples (clean 15) I picked up four pineapples for 99 cents each!  We cut up 3 of them and dried them.  The other one we'll eat fresh (we love pineapple in this house!).  

I'm also exploring what else I'll be able to make.  I'm thinking sweet potato chips, dried herbs, and lots more fruit leather! 
What do you like to make in your dehydrator? 

This post is linked on Simple Lives Thursday.


  1. Congratulations on your purchase. I love my Nesco dehydrator, too. If you love pineapples you could make pineapple chips. Blend fresh pineapple and add 1-2 tablespoons orange juice concentrate. Pour on the fruit roll up tray, top with shredded coconut and dehydrate. When very dry, break into chips. These have been a big hit with family and friends.

  2. I love my Nesco to! I also use mine for drying sprouted grains, drying nuts, and making granola. I do like Yvonne's idea about the Pineapple chips, I'll have to try that. It's definitely one of my favorite kitchen machines! Thanks so much for linking up to Simple Lives Thursday ;D


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