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July 16, 2024

Homemade Dried Fruit Snacks

Here’s a healthy option for kids wanting a snack — homemade dried fruit or jerky. The 5-Tray Food Dehydrator and Beef Jerky Maker by Ronco helps you make those super yummy snacks with ease. You can use each tray for a different fruit, too. Just follow the instructions in the included booklet for drying times for fruit, meats and more.

Our first time using the electric dehydrator was to make jerky. We had some frozen venison that we thawed and marinated in our favorite seasonings. Then, sliced it to the thickness it called for in the booklet and set them out to dry in the dehydrator. You’ll want to be home when doing this as it calls for you to rotate the trays every few hours or so … to even out the drying stages for each tray. Now, it does take a long time, but you are drying out food. So, be patient and you will LOVE the ending result! Now, I don’t have venison just hanging out in the freezer waiting for me to cook it!

Those apples your child wanted at the grocery store … still sitting on the counter, huh? Well, make some apple chips! That’s a great snack for little ones. You can dry a variety of fruits. My favorite is dried strawberries. MMMmmmmm.

This is a must have for families as you can make lots of dried snacks for the entire family that will have no added preservatives.

5-Tray Food Dehydrator and Beef Jerky Maker
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