My dehydrated bananas!
Dehydrating your own food (such as the banana) is a great way to save money AND to build up your own food storage. Fresh bananas can go bad fairly quickly. But dehydrated bananas will last a long time (if you don’t eat them all first) and make a great treat. Also yummy in cereal & milk.
By taking advantage of food when it’s on SALE, you will also save money!
By preserving your food in season will enable you to eat the same during the winter!
For example, we recently purchased a large quantity of bananas while they were on sale for a very low price. We dehydrated them because they make a great snack (dehydrated banana chips) and they taste good in cereal.
Once they are dehydrated and stored in canning jars (more about that in a minute), their shelf life will be at least 1-year without issue. More or less…
How To Make Dehydrated Bananas
The recipe is simple.
Slice the banana into thin 1/8 inch slices, about the thickness of two quarters. Use a thin sharp knife or you can speed the process with a banana slicer.
Chef’n Bananza Slicer
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Treat Bananas To Prevent Discoloring
Pretreating the banana slices with a citric acid solution or lemon juice solution helps to keep them light-colored, and serves as an antimicrobial treatment.
To make a citric acid solution, mix 1 teaspoon of citric acid into 1 quart of cold water. OR, use a lemon juice solution which is made by mixing equal parts of lemon juice and cold water.
To pretreat the bananas, soak the slices in a bowl with the solution for ten minutes. Remove and set aside to drain before filling dehydrator trays.
Set Dehydrator Temperature to 135 Degrees-F
Then place the slices on your dehydrator trays and set the temperature to 130 – 135 degrees-F.
Dehydrate Until Leathery
Dehydrate until leathery. Thicker slices will take longer. Sample them as you near the end of the dehydrating process.
The actual time to dehydrate depends on how moist the food is, the thickness of the pieces, the humidity in the air around you, and the temperature setting of the dehydrator.
For banana slices, I found that it takes between 6 – 10 hours with our Excalibur food dehydrator depending on the conditions mentioned.
How To Store Dehydrated Bananas
We like to store many of our dehydrated foods in canning jars. The lid keeps the air out, and the glass is perfect for quickly identifying what’s inside, and providing impervious seal.
You don’t need to do this, but it will help a lot! We’ve been doing this for years. Use a jar sealer attachment to your vacuum seal machine. It will suck the air out of the jars.
You just need to have a vacuum sealer machine with the external hose port.
Jar Sealer Accessory Kit
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