My mom got me a dehydrator for my birthday this past year. You might say “Woooh…another kitchen appliance 😳” but for real- it has become incredibly helpful in saving us grocery money and snacking a little healthier. I’ve done squash and zucchini chips, and strawberry chips before, but this was a fun (and delicious) twist.
Dehydrated Strawberry-Kiwi Snack
Prep time: 15 minutes. “Cook”time: 5-7 hours. Serves: 2 small snack bowls.
Things you’ll need:
- dehydrator appliance with multiple stacking levels- mine is a Presto Dehydro electic food dehydrator. (if you don’t have one, you can use cookie sheets and an oven, just make sure to look up a more detailed process, temperature, and amount of time to cook).
- 7-10 strawberries
- 2 medium-large ripe kiwis
This is a great things to do with fruit and veggies, especially if you think you may not be able to eat them before they’ll go bad. And PS- this is also a perfect excuse to stop by your local farmers’ market to buy strawberries or other fruit in bulk if you think you’ll make a lot at once.
1. Rinse your strawberries and kiwis very well then gently dry them.
2. Skin the kiwi and slice kiwi into 1/4-1/8 inch thick slices then place in bowl.
3. Slice the greens off the strawberries (I compost this), cut off any damaged spots, then slice strawberries into 1/8-1/4 inch thick slices and place in bowl with kiwis.
4. Gently mix kiwi and strawberries together in bowl so their juices mix. (If you want to add sugar, now would be the time to add about 1/4 tsp and mix it in).
5. Cover and allow fruit to marinate together in the fridge for about 20 minutes. (Mixing them together and allowing them to marinate helps mix the juices. The strawberries will absorb some kiwi juice and vice versa, helping mix the flavor you’ll get when they’re done dehydrating).
6. Plug in your dehydrator and add first level. Carefully place the kiwi and strawberry slices on it- making sure none are double-stacked or fall through. (I had to use 1.5 levels with the amount of ingredients listed).