Have you ever heard of making snacks using a solar dehydrator from this list? Some people use solar dehydrators to dry vegetables and fruits to make long-lasting snacks. Utilizing solar power makes these dryers inexpensive and efficient.
Did you know that vegetables and fruits contain about 80 percent water, making the dehydration process energy-consuming? Note that dehydration contributes about 30 percent of the cost of processing fresh produce. Therefore, energy consumption and the price for the dehydration process play an essential role in selecting a suitable drying process.
Below are some healthy and tasty snack recipes you can make with solar dehydrators:
- Lemon juice
- Spices (nutmeg and cinnamon)
- Rinse the apples and prepare them by peeling and chopping them. Before doing the next step, taste the apples to know how sweet they are. Add more sugar if needed.
- Place the apples in a saucepan. For every 4 cups of apples, add water (½ cup). Cook it for about 10 to 15 minutes on low heat. Uncover, then stir.
- Mash the fruit and taste it to know whether you need to place more spices, lemon juices, or sugar. Add the necessary ingredients according to your preference.
- Continue to cook and simmer, then stir until all the sugar is dissolved and the mixture thickens, which may take ten more minutes.
- Purée the thickened product using a food processor or blender. Then, taste it and adjust lemon/spices/sugar if necessary. Note that the purée must become smooth.
- Line a baking sheet using a microwave-safe plastic wrap, then pour the purée to a thickness of about ¼ inch.
- Using a food dehydrator, allow the puree to dry for about 8 hours.
- Roll it using plastic wrap when the leather is ready for wrapping, then place it in a closed container. You can store the final product in the refrigerator.
- Fresh and firm tomatoes
- Dried oregano or basil
- Solar food dehydrator
- Clean the tomatoes with water, cut the tops, and slice each in four portions.
- Put the tomato chunks on your trays and add some basil or dried oregano on top, but that is optional.
- Dry your tomatoes using the solar dehydrator at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 8 to 10 hours until they become leather. However, make sure they are still bendable.
- Remove the tomatoes from your trays and keep them in a closed container. You can store it in the freezer for longer shelf life.
- 4 cups of thick cap mushrooms
- 1 tbsp of lemon juice
- ½ tsp of sea salt
- ½ tsp of powdered garlic
- 1 tbsp of fresh parsley or ½ tsp of dried parsley
- Trim the mushroom ends, but retain the stems. To slice the mushrooms thinly, you can use a knife or a food processor. Make sure it is about ⅛ inch thick.
- Pour the mushroom slices into a bowl. Top it with sea salt, lemon juice, parsley, and powdered garlic. Gently mix these ingredients evenly on the mushrooms without breaking them.
- Get a tray and gently scoop half of the mushrooms using a spoon and spread evenly on the tray.
- Dehydrate the mushrooms on your solar food dehydrator for at least four hours or until it becomes crispy.
- Once cooled, store the finished product into a closed container.
Using solar dehydrators is an efficient and energy-saving method to dry fruits and vegetables. With these, you can create delicious recipes that last long. The good thing is that you are not only making tasty snacks for your family or friends, you are also saving the environment.