Saturday, June 18, 2011

How To Dehydrate Bananas

How To Dehydrate recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
I was super excited to try making banana chips at home. I just knew that my kids would love them, because I can remember how much I liked them when I was a kid. Crunchy and sweet, surely the made at home variety would be just as good, if not better. Ha! 

The bananas seen above are now dehydrated and stored inside a single quart size mason jar. It is less than 3/4 full. It is amazing to me that dehydrated foods require so little storage space. After storing jams and jellies and other canned goods for years, dehydration is a completely new way of thinking.

So, here's the deal with dehydrated bananas. Little did I know that the banana chips purchased at a store are not dehydrated at all! I have bought unsweetened banana chips in the past and assumed that meant they were extra healthy. I was wrong.

Banana chips are typically fried in coconut oil. I spent a few minutes at our local produce store yesterday checking the labels on a couple of different banana chips. I discovered that there are a few other ingredients hiding in there as well.
How To Dehydrate recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
See these slices? These were accomplished using a good old fashioned knife. Don't be fooled by that silly looking yellow tool in the top picture. That was about as useful for cutting bananas as a hair comb might have been. Luckily, it came with my dehydrator and at least I didn't pay anything for it.
How To Dehydrate recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen
Dehydrated banana chips are not nearly as crunchy or sweet as the chips purchased in a store. They also had a very intense banana flavor. It was way too much for me. Since only one of my boys liked them, I doubt I'll go to the trouble of making these again. Unless that is, they surprise me and work out well in smoothies. If they do, it would be awesome to always have bananas waiting in the cupboard for those days when we are out of fresh ones.

13 comments:

  1. So, I must be weird. I love them. Granted, the ones that are deep fried in coconut oil and dipped in a simple syrup really rock, but they are a candy, not a healthy snack.

    My banana chips came out more crispy though. I dehydrated them until they were not pliable anymore! My husband liked them too, but like I said... I LOVE them, so he did not get to eat too many. hehe

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  2. You know what? After they sat in the jars for a day, mine are super crunchy too. I still am not a fan of the taste though. It's just way too strong a banana flavor. Just my preference though. I'm going to try them in a few different recipes though and see how that works for me.

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  3. oh yum i could snack on those all day!

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  4. Try using less ripe bananas.

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  5. That is an excellent idea. Why didn't I think of that? I'm going to try these again and see what kind of difference that makes.

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  6. is that a dehydrator you have them laying on? and where did you get it it is. a great idea thanks, Cheryl

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    1. Those are trays from my dehydrator. It is an Excalibur dehydrator.

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  7. Mine are just too chewy and bitter. I was hoping for a crunchier, sweeter chip. One that won't stick in my teeth. I won't give up! Thinking a quick dip in a lemon sugar mix before dehydrating. Any thoughts?

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    1. I haven't had any turn out bitter. The lemon sugar is probably worth a try. I'm still not a fan of the chewy, but my kids seem to like them. The ones you can buy in a store are fried in coconut oil and they have a completely different taste and texture.

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    2. Lizabeth OsterholtApril 21, 2013 at 10:30 AM

      These will work out good to cut up really tiny and add to cookies. That way you add the natural goodness of fruit into home baked cookies. Sneek in healthy vitamins.

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  8. When i dehydrate bananas i dip them in 2 cups water to 2 tbls lemon juice before putting them on my trays. & Store them in vacume sealed bags. you can also puree them and dehydrate them to make banana leather add peaches or strawberries for a nice twist. and when served with oatmeal its really better that store bought.

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