My friends planned an early morning hike tomorrow from Matt David Trailhead to Stinson Beach. They recommended that we all bring some snacks in case we need some energy during the hike. Instead of bringing granola bars or another processed treat I decided to rummage through my refrigerator and make some healthy snacks using my food dehydrator. The dehydrator cost me $60, but I feel that since I purchased it two months ago it has already paid for itself. As my husband knows I'm kinda obsessed with my food dehydrator. It's the easiest and cheapest way to make your own treats without the added sugar. Dehydrated fruits and vegetables also maintains more of the nutritional value of foods over their cooked counterparts, and it's also eco-friendly since there is no extra packaging.
If you are going to dehydrated fruits and vegetables you definitely need a mandolin. I purchased mine at Ross for $10.
Slice the apples on the thinnest setting. Sprinkle some cinnamon for some added flavor. Dehydrate for about 10-12 hours at 135 degrees.
I also made some squash chips. I used a large white zucchini, sliced it really thin, and added a bit of olive oil, chili oil, fresh oregano, sea salt, and pepper. Dehydrate for about 8-10 hours at 135 degrees until they are crunchy.
Zucchini chips are a great alternative to potato chips.
Put the snacks into ziplock bags in order to perserve them. I also dehydrated some kiwi. Dehydrated kiwi kind of taste like tart candy. Total cost of snacks: apples (free- courtesy of my friend Uma), white zucchini - .50 cents, 2 kiwis .50 cents =$1 for everything.