Spring is upon us, (knock on wood, we had SNOW this past week) and that means berry season is coming soon. Ronco sent me an awesome dehydrator this winter to try out, drying fruits and things to make healthy snacks. As someone who has a love for food and a little bit healthier lifestyle I was happy to try it and tell them what I thought, and of course tell you all what I thought.
The main thing that I dry in it is strawberries and bananas. The biggest problem I have is that the dried pieces disappear as soon as they are done. I literally had to make them when none of my kids or husband were home because I couldn’t get any photos, as they would eat the fruit. I finally did get some photos to share..
Pretty straight forward, there are five trays that stack on one another but also rotate freely. Also there are vent holes, big ones to let more air out, thin vents for less air getting out. Less air out = drier food. I liked my berries super crispy like chips.. The fan is very quiet and you can barely notice it. That is until you smell the berries, and then you go and peek and take a piece or three..and when they are all dry they look like this..
That particular session, I ate them ALL and I am not ashamed! To make them it took 4.5 hours. If you are one that likes your dried fruit a bit more chewy it will take less. Beyond fruit though, you can dry pretty much anything from meat for jerky to herbs for jarring. I found the only things I couldn’t put in there were juicy berries that you can’t slice such as blueberries, raspberries and blackberries. Apples, Bananas and Strawberries were the best mix for traveling I loved making that.
If you are in the market to buy yourself a Ronco food dehydrator, you can pick up the above model on the Ronco website for a very affordable $39.98!