Home made dried fruits

A few weeks ago, I bought an excalibur food dehydrator. Expecting it to be somewhat of an ordeal, it turned out to be a lot easier to use than I thought. Simply add the food to the trays, slide inside the dehydrator, plug into the electical outlet and it starts working immediately. I’m a big fan of granola with dried fruit, and berries were being sold at discount at the local produce stalls so I stocked up.

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The one thing I didn’t expect was the length of time it would take to work. These berries took over 24 hours to dehydrate. Depending on the size of the berries, some took a little longer than others. Despite the time and planning involved, it’s a money saver. For example, I dehydrated 4 pints of blueberries at a cost of $4.00, as opposed to spending about $6.00 for an 8 oz package of dried blueberries at the local market.

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The raspberries & blackberries were eaten straight away. The blueberries I used in some home made granola.

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The possibilities are almost endless. Looking forward to later making dried cranberries, kale chips, and maybe sundried tomatoes.

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