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How to dry bananas or other fruits

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

are there any threads around for drying bananas or cranberries?
I like banana chips but they are kinda pricey and I thought I could try making my own.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

I just slice mine and throw them in the dehydrator on about 115 until they are crispy, no pre-treatment. I can't slice them as thin as banana chips, though.

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

I understand the ones you buy in the store are fried before they are dried, but that could be urban legend, I guess. Please report your results!

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

well I have chomped down bags full, before I actually read the label and gasp! they are full of FAT! I guess I naively thought that they were just dried bananas. But there are other things in them!

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

Yeah, funny how something that appears so incredibly healthy... isn't! But I suspect that is how they get that almost crunchy texture to them.

springfield area, MO(Zone 5b)

Read in a book that you can dip the slices in cream of coconut and then dry them, it adds oil and sugar without using artificial additives. Gonna try it. Will report back.

Lumberton, TX(Zone 8b)

Ooooh... That sound delicious and I have some! Yum.

Batesville, AR

I am doing the dehydrating this yr..real big..just about everything..I have been dehydrating banannas. I slice them,,, run them thru, btl'ed lemon juice put them in dehydrator..let dry..they don't last long ,around here..lol hagd.

So.App.Mtns., United States(Zone 5b)

You asked about cranberries in the first post... I have dried them, but unless you cut them open, it takes a very long time in the dryer. I'm going to dry some rhubarb this week, first time, if there's enough after I make some rhubarb BBQ sauce. It should dry about like celery does.

Batesville, AR

Anyone have a syrup, or some kind of sweet mixture, receipe for running sliced apples thru, before dehydrating? I know there is,,something...

Batesville, AR

U can type in..how to dehydrate. (and the fruit or veggie u want to know about) on.
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Talihina, OK

I dip mine in lemon juice and there is just a slight lemon taste if that does sit well with you orange juice works just as well but either way you need something to keep them from browning and fruit fresh is kinda spendy

Batesville, AR

I did the BANANNA dried.but, I ran mine thru sprite , so they wouldn't be so dark..they looked good. , taste great

Holly Springs, NC(Zone 7b)

Freeze your bananas and slice them using a mandolin to get thinner and more crisp slices. This also cuts down the drying time A LOT. Dipping them in Sprite is the same as dipping them in lemon water or any other diluted citrus juice. It is the citric acid that keeps it from browning.

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