It was my birthday last weekend, and I asked my parents for two things for my birthday: a second hand food dehydrator, and some manure. I got both, thanks Mom and Dad! My parents are convinced I'm weird.
With my new dehydrator, I made crispy dried apples. It was super easy, and it only took about an hour of prep and 10 hours in the dehydrator. I cut the apples and soaked them in a half lemon juice, half water mixture while I cut the rest of the apples. The lemon juice is so the apples don't turn brown. I could have peeled the apples, but that would have taken way longer, so I left them on. Once I cut up an entire bag of Gala apples, I laid them on the plastic frames of my American Harvest dehydrator, and sprinkled them with cinnamon. Then, I turned the dehydrator on to 135 F and left it in there for 10 hours.
When I woke up the next morning, I tasted the dried apples and put them in a ziplock bag. I've eaten them like that as a snack, or crunched them up and put them in my cereal. Super simple!
Now I just need to invest in an apple corer/peeler to make the next batch ten times faster.
I'm an eco-conscious girl from Montreal, Quebec. I'm currently an adjunct science professor at Champlain College of Vermont (Montreal Campus). I'm interested in any opportunities to expand my experience with grassroots activism, climate change legislation, or environmental education.