Dried Foods: The Perfect Snack for Your Kids
The dehydration is a method of food preservation that involves removing the water by a more or less powerful heating. Traditionally some products are sun-dried: tomatoes, apricots or figs. In recent years, dehydrators have appeared on the market and are accessible for a few tens of euros. The oven can also dry food but it is not the most convenient given the drying time.
Indeed, it varies from ten hours to more than 30 hours.
Once dried, the food stored in good conditions can be stored for several months.
For people who want to dehydrate fruits and vegetables, the dehydrator is the essential tool. It allows drying a large quantity of products in optimal conditions.
It consists of an oven resistance, a fan to remove moisture, a thermostat, and a timer.
Before the purchase, several points are to look at:
- The thermostat: it must allow drying food at very low temperature: 95 to 104.0 °F
- The capacity: choose according to your needs, the drying surface and therefore the number of trays. We recommend the Kitchen Chef which has 6 trays which is a good average (5940 cm²).
- Do not forget that the preparation of fruits and vegetables takes time.
- Trays: they are plastic or stainless steel. We recommend stainless steel, more inert and therefore healthier.
- The timer: it allows the automatic shutdown of the heating and must allow programming at least fifteen hours.
The Best Method For Dehydrating Pineapple
Dried pineapples slices have a delicious taste and are very popular because they retain all their nutrients during the dehydration process. The different pineapples variates will produce different tastes after drying, either sightly tall or slightly sweet. There is no restriction on the variety of pineapple, the only advice is to choose ripe pineapples.
How To Dehydrate Pineapples?
The Cutting of Pineapple
- The first step is to cut the bottom of the pineapple, as well as the leaves that are on the top.
- Then, the pineapple is placed on a cutting board and the bark is removed all around with a sharp knife.
- The next step is to put the pineapple on the board, in order to cut slices of about 1 cm wide.
- Then, remove the center. Usually, whole slices are dried, but it can also be cut into smaller pieces.
The Dehydration Process
- Plates or pieces are placed on the trays of the dehydrator, enduring that there is enough space to ley the air circulate.
- The temperature of the apparatus is set to 140 °F and allowed to operate 12 to 16 hours.
- Depending on the device, it may be necessary to return each slice so that it is uniformly dried.
- Dried pineapple slices are ready when they can be folded without being sticky. they should be allowed to cool for about 30 minutes before placing in airtight containers.
The Preservation Of Dried Pineapples
- Dried pineapples can be stored much longer than the fruit itself since they no longer contain pulp.
- Dried pineapples can be stored up to 1 year in an airtight container and in a dry place.
- Dried pineapples can be eaten as is or cut into small pieces and incorporate into cakes, salads, yogurts, cocktails, or just as a decoration of deserts.