I recently saw some apple and strawberry crisps in a shop and decided that this is exactly what my food dehydrator was designed for. While I have yet to invest in a full blown Excalibur Dehydrator, my £45 basic model from Amazon has opened up a whole new world of raw food beyond salads and soups.

Dehydrating fruit is super simple. And super satisfying. I just sliced the apples and then the strawberries and gently tossed them with a couple of tablespoons of lemon juice to stop them discolouring too much. I didn’t slice them too finely so that they would be quite substantial but if you are after a proper crunch I would suggest going finer.

Strawberries ready for the dehydrator

Strawberries ready for the dehydrator

Apples ready for the dehydrator

Apples ready for the dehydrator

The lid then went on, the dial set to 40degrees and the timer set for 10 hours.

Dehydrating fruit

Dehydrating fruit

I left this overnight and in the morning, as if by magic, I found 2 trays of beautiful jewel-like crisps:

Dehydrated strawberries

Dehydrated strawberries

Dehydrated apple slices

Dehydrated apple slices

To store them I ensured that they were completely cooled and and then filled up small Kilner jars:

Jars of dried fruit ready for munching

Jars of dried fruit ready for munching

I kept the apple and the strawberry separate so that I could try them out in different recipes (buckwheat granola perhaps?), but as a snack, when eaten together the flavours work fantastically. The joy of the dehydrator is how the taste of food intensifies and really dances in the mouth. Given how simple and cheap (at this time of the year) I am pretty chuffed with my investment.

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