How to make dried banana chips in a food dehydrator

We bought a food dehydrator and I’m very excited about it. The purchase came about to accommodate our son’s love for beef jerky, which we found very expensive and full of god-knows-what. But food dehydrators are useful for so many other foods as well.

I like to make apple chips, banana chips, strawberry chips, beef jerky. I have yet to dried herbs or vegetables but that is certainly on the menu for the foreseeable future.

I looked at Wal-Mart and they carried a food dehydrator for around $50. The reviews for this machine were good, but I am a firm believer in trying to buy more middle range. I’ve been burned too many times with cheaper products that fail too quickly.

That led me to Amazon.ca, where I found the Nesco Snackmaster Express Food Dehydrator. It cost $95 and came with 5 trays, a recipe book and a jerky gun, which was a major selling point for us.

I set about drying some jerky first, which our son loved, and then moved on to bananas. These have been a hit with our daughter and with me too!

You will need:

  • a food dehydrator (it can be done in the oven as well)
  • bananas (as many as you like)
  • a bit of lemon juice
  • Instructions:

  • Slice the bananas very thin, about 1/8″
  • Lay the slices on the trays, close but not touching
  • Lightly spray the slices with lemon juice to stop them from browning
  • Set your dehydrator to 135F or 58C (assuming you have a dehydrator with temperature controls)
  • The process will likely take at least 3 hours. Make sure you check the progress frequently so that the chips will be as crispy or as soft as you like. I like mine not too crispy. I like them to be a little chewy. They stick in your teeth like that but it’s almost like eating candy. And so much better for you.

    A word of warning: Be aware that it’s very easy to eat your way through three or four bananas before you even realize it. We all know about eating lots of fruit and these are healthy chips, but those who are calorie-counting should be careful. 🙂

    Drying Banana Chips

    Drying Banana Chips

    Drying Banana Chips

    Drying Banana Chips

    Nesco Food Dehydrator

    Nesco Food Dehydrator

    Drying Banana Chips

    Drying Banana Chips

    Dried banana chips

    Dried banana chips

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