Friday, September 25, 2009

Up to my elbows...

in peaches. That's pretty much what most of this week has consisted of; drying peaches and making peach pie. Yes, I finally got to make my fresh peach pie. I made 3 of them. don't worry, I shared them with my neighbors. If I hadn't, it would have been my breakfast, lunch and dinner all week. That's how much I love Fresh Peach Pie! (For those of you that missed that post...scroll down a little for the recipe.)

Anyway, there really isn't a recipe for dried peaches. But I wanted to throw the idea out there. There is nothing like fresh dried fruit. It has no added sugar, no preservatives and it is the most healthy and delicious snack; loved by kid and adult alike.

The other day I was watching the Bunker boys. Big "H" wanted a snack, this was our conversation:

M - Have a dried peach.
H - What's a dried peach. Is it a chip? (with a look of disgust)
M - Well kind of I guess, but it's kind of chewy as well. I promise you, just take a bite. You will like it.
H - I don't know about this. (Hesitantly he takes the smallest of nibbles.)
M - Oh come on, take a big bite. It's really yummy.
H - (Daringly dives in. After a bit of chewing,) Man! This is really good!
M - I told you.

He couldn't get enough! Happy ending. "H" you're always welcome to come over for some dried peaches.

Other fruits we love to dehydrate include: pears, pineapple, and apples.

The recipe...well there really isn't one but...

All you have to do is buy a food dehydrator; definitely worth the investment. Slice your fruit of choice 1/16" to 1/8" thin (I use my mandolin slicer), and let the machine do the work. will fill your house with the most yummy sent.

*If you're looking for other excuses to buy a dehydrator, I also use it to dry herbs, tomatoes, and flowers. If you have a food dehydrator and use it for anything fun and creative, I'd love to hear about it.


Barbara Bakes said...

I love this idea! May have to put a dehydrator on the Christmas list! said...

If you have a dog, dehydrators are also good for making homemade dog treats. I've used this recipe.

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