Food dehydrator 101

I just purchased a food dehydrator. I’m excited to start learning how to use it. Since I have a veggie garden, I’d like  to get comfortable with my new toy dehydrator before my garden starts producing.

I have searched for recipes, found many.  I have decided to try bananas first, even though there is a loud, constant cry for jerky in my home.

Earlier I swear I heard them chanting “Jerky, Jerky!”


happy little slices ready to dehydrate


4 layers of bananas

The manual says that banana chips should take about 12 hours.  I am going to run the dehydrator overnight, and hopefully in the morning I will have nice, crisp banana chips.  I’ll keep you posted.



  1. JERKY! Oh sorry, I don’t know what came over me. I could’ve used one of these last summer when I had an abundance of figs. I’ll be interested to see how this works for you.

    • I’d be cross with you about the jerky comment, except you said figs. I adore figs. One day I’ll find the time to plant a fig tree in my back yard! I will let you know how it goes. Hopefully, tomorrow I’ll move on to apples. This weekend I’m going to make jerky. If I don’t I might have anarchy on my hands. I found a great recipe for fruit leather, but it requires an additional piece to be purchased.

  2. Excellent post thanks for sharing. I enjoy reading your blog very much. I just love food.

    I posted a great recipe that everyone should enjoy ~

    Strawberry Cake Recipe

    • Thanks. I’ll check it out.

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