From the laundry basket of the Homegrown MamaFor my husband's birthday this year, I bought him a dehydrator and a set of beef jerky spices. The set even came with a tool, not unlike a caulk gun, to make the beef jerky into strips or tubes. My husband was way more excited over this gift than I had anticipated. To be honest, I thought that he would open it, try it once or twice and then forget about it. So when I ordered
|Holy packaging, Batman!|
I'm not one for having a bunch of specialized kitchen appliances. Just because I have the storage does mean I want it packed to the gills. BUT, I also don't want my oven running all night so someone can make beef jerky or dry cranberries. (By the way, drying cranberries in the oven was an awful mess. I had them in there for 27 hours and they never actually dried. I ate them anyway. I felt guilty for wasting all that electricity.)
I have plans for that dehydrator, once my husband stops making jerky every weekend. I had not realized the full impact of his enthusiasm and the power that dried meat has over men. I also had not ever actually tasted beef jerky. Or turkey jerky. Or deer jerky. Don't tell anyone, but the last batch of jerky he made dwindled quicker than he thought it would largely due to me sneaking pieces to snack on with apples and cheese in the afternoon. Shhhh! But without further ado, here are my top 5 plans for dehydrated snacks!
- Right now, in my fridge sits a quart of strawberries waiting to make these. I'm very excited. Who doesn't love fruit roll-ups?!
- Who needs to pay 6 dollars a pound for banana chips? I can't wait to do pears and apples too.
- Kale Chips. I love kale in a salad, but am terrified to try making chips in the oven.
- I need to do some actual hunting for tips on this, but I think I'd like to try drying my own herbs this year in the dehydrator. Specifically chives and parsley.
- Dog Treats!!! They are our best friends, right?
Do you have a dehydrator? What do you use it for?