Peach Chips and Watermelon Stix

Peach Chips and Watermelon Stix

I do love my dehydrator.  Today I dried some peaches and watermelon.  They are great for snacking since I added no extra sugar. I like to pack the peach chips in my lunch as I have made them many times before, however, this is my first try at making watermelon stix. They were very good, too.

My dehydrator is just a home machine.  There are bigger ones out there but this one has worked beautifully.  It is easy to clean.  The brand is Presto Dehydro.  I bought it at Walmart.  The photo makes it look a little stretched out, but for storage the trays nest down inside each other and the size becomes practically the same as the base.

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I keep it in my pantry and the pantry monkey guards it.

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He’s a plucky fellow.  Enjoys his job immensely.

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To make the the peach chips, you simply peel, pit, and blend peaches so you will end up with 4 cups of puree.  I make parchment paper liners to go on top of my dehydrator racks.

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Use a spoon to smooth out approximately one cup of puree per shelf.

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To make the watermelon stix, cut watermelon in french fry sized pieces.  Arrange on the parchment paper lined trays and dehydrate.

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I dried these for about 5 hours.  You can stop the drying sooner if you want softer fruit or continue for crispier treats.

When they come out, they look like this.

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I fold the sheets in half and store them with the fruit on them in gallon sized ziploc bags.

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Snack time. These are the peach chips.  They will keep quite a while (several weeks) if you can keep the moisture out of them. We usually eat them in a few days.

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The watermelon looks like bacon.

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I’ve tried drying applesauce, blueberry puree, and strawberry puree, but I like the texture and taste of the peaches and watermelon best.  Next I want to try tomato slices with basil or Italian seasoning on them.  I think those would be good combinations for snacking, too. I would try it today but I am out of tomatoes for the first time this summer.  I guess we are heading into Fall in a hurry.

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