If you have been following along with my Fantastic Food Dehydrator Series you have learned out a lot about what to look for in a dehydrator and even what kinds of dehydrators are available, however, knowing the facts and putting them to use are two different things. Having recipes to go along with your dehydrator is always a help. Working with a dehydrator is not as complicated as might think. I am going to start off sharing recipes that are simple. I mean some of them are so simple that I really for a long time didn’t think they even deserved a blog post.
However, I have to start somewhere and so do you with your dehydrator. It’s time to start and put aside your fears of working with a dehydrator and dried pineapple is just the thing to start with. Why dried pineapple? Because my family thinks it’s candy it’s so good and because I am using canned pineapple it can’t get any easier. I know using canned pineapple doesn’t seem like the smart thing here taking something that is already shelve safe for a number of years but I often find canned pineapple on sale for $1 a can and I love to stock up. The problem with canned pineapple is that it takes up a lot of space and if your not eating around your table it can get a little messy. Dried pineapple is easy to pack whether your camping, heading to the park and my favorite a perfect snack on long car rides.
Now as I said drying pineapple is really simple. It’s a matter of opening the can of pineapple that you got on sale and laying them out on your dehydrator sheets. Setting your dehydrator to 135 degrees (check your dehydrators settings to make sure) and waiting. This is the hardest part for me because it smells so good I can barely keep my hands off of it. The one downfall to using canned pineapple is that it takes a little extra time because it is filled with moisture. Generally my full dehydrator will take up to 17 hours to be completely dry. I know this seems like forever when your whole house is filled with a deliciously sweet smell. I promise it’s worth the wait though as your cupboards are emptied out of cans and you gain space but still have delicious food that is easy to take anywhere. It’s light, keeps sticky hands at bay and works as a sweet snack that goes great in trail mix.
I generally prefer to use slices but that’s just because the are easy to get a hold of. If your planning on adding dried pineapple to trail mix I would recommend getting the tidbits. They dry a lot faster, the cutting is done for you and they are the perfect size to be mixed with nuts and m&m’s.
So while I will list the ingredients and directions below keep in mind it’s really up to your needs and they type of pineapple you use. Pineapple tidbits dry a lot faster than (usually around 10 hours) vs. pineapple slices which can take up to 17 hours. Always remember to rotate your dehydrator sheets if you have a dehydrator that has a fat at the top, such as a Nesco, rotate your sheets from the bottom to the top every few hours. This helps make even drying time. If you have a dehydrator with the fan in the back, such as a Excalibur, rotate your sheets so that the front is in the back at least once (around mid-way) during the drying time. As your foods dry they will shrink with the loss of water and you can start to combine sheets when space is available. This allows you to either add more product during drying or will reduce the drying time as you have less sheets being dried at one time (better airflow).
The Cast Of Dried Pineapple
Canned Pineapple (my dehydrator will hold 8 cans at one time)
Directions For How To Dry Pineapple
1. Open can and spread your pineapple out on your dehydrator sheets.
2. Turn dehydrator to 135 degrees (or your dehydrators recommended setting for fruit).
3. Sit back and wait 10-17 hours while remembering to rotate your sheets for optimal drying time.
If you have not been following along with the series you can start at the beginning with What Is A Food Dehydrator All About?
If your not new to to dehydrating I would love for you to leave me a comment with how you use your dehydrator or what recipe you would like to see as part of this series.