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Old 07-04-2016, 05:43 PM
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Kiwi's summer 'menu'

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In addition to fresh foods daily, I also like to do a seasonal chop mix to ensure he gets a wide variety of fruit and veg daily. To conserve freezer space (and space in general) I dehydrate my chop. Every morning I do a 1/8 cup scoop of dehydrated chip and rehydrate it in a little dish (basically just soak in a little water and it fluffs right back up). I also like to experiment with other dehydrator snacks for him, and this time did some "candies" (2 flavors, orange and cherry). Here's what he got for summer!

Chop: Apricots, apple, pear, peaches, kiwis, bell peppers, spicy peppers, broccoli, carrots, kale, collard greens, almonds, walnuts, hemp seeds, flax seeds, chia seeds and rolled oats!

Candies: Sweet potatoes, aloe vera, bananas as a base, one batch with orange the other batch with sweet cherries.



For the chop I just pulse the ingredients in the food processor and spread onto aluminum baking sheets (my dehydrator has pull out trays). I find it easier to contain the chop on them since they have a bit of a lip rather than spread them on the silicone dehydrator sheets. This batch covered 4 baking sheets. I dehydrate at 120 degrees for 12 hours, break it up to expose any still moist spots, then dehydrate for an additional 6 or so hours until it is dry. It keeps about 6 months, but we'll go through this MUCH faster!:





For the candies, I steamed the sweet potatoes until soft, then blended half with half a banana and about 2" of aloe gel then added the cherries or orange. I poured each batch into a pastry bag and made "dots" on the silicone sheets (ya, I know, a candy maker I am not and my pastry bag use skills are poor lol):


(Orange)


(Cherries)

I got the idea at this website for the candies:Paleo "Skittles" - Taste the (Real Food) Rainbow - Joyful Abode
Unfortunately, I am allergic to coconut and was just going to substitute in soy butter, but had second thoughts about whether or not that should really go in treats specifically for him and used the banana and aloe instead. My candies came out kind of flat as a result. If you can handle coconut it may make prettier candies like this blog post instead of my slightly deformed ones (they still taste fine and came out similar in consistency to gummy bears)!

Anyways here is how everything came out!



All that produce into these containers. I love dehydrating stuff!

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Old 07-04-2016, 06:04 PM
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

Wow, April! Thank you for sharing, this is a great project! Kiwi's dehydrated chop is surely safer and more nutritious than most anything you can buy off the shelves, with the added bonus of being able to soak the dehydrated chop and add new ingredients anytime. The candies are a great idea too. Does Kiwi have a favorite, cherry or banana?
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Wow, April! Thank you for sharing, this is a great project! Kiwi's dehydrated chop is surely safer and more nutritious than most anything you can buy off the shelves, with the added bonus of being able to soak the dehydrated chop and add new ingredients anytime. The candies are a great idea too. Does Kiwi have a favorite, cherry or banana?
He devoured the cherry and nibbled the orange (he loves both cherries and oranges, which is why I tested those 2 flavors first). I think though that is because the cherry ones came out "plump" and gummy-bear like. The best comparison I can make to how the orange ones came out was kind of like chewy corn flakes We'll see though, he'll probably eat the orange ones too

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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

April, you have given me so many good ideas, and I am itching to get that dehydrator now!
How long do you soak it to rehydrate it?
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

April thank you so much! Can't wait to give these a go

In the meantime .. Gracie would like to place an order to go lol

Looks awesome!
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April, you have given me so many good ideas, and I am itching to get that dehydrator now!
How long do you soak it to rehydrate it?
Depending what's in it, maybe 10/15 minutes on the counter before it rehydrates. If it has a lot of leafy greens and low sugar veg it rehydrates much quicker than if it has a lot of high sugar fruit (TBH, many fruits never fully rehydrate, so if you do a fruit/veg mix you have to chop them super fine, if you dehydrate your fruit/veg separate, you can do bigger chunks of fruit which do not really need rehydration). Most veggies dehydrate to a 'crispy' state, while most fruits dehydrate to a 'chewy' state.

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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

Really fascinated by this. Gosh you are an inspiration to us all.

I am wondering, is there any nutritional loss by dehydrating?
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Re: Kiwi's summer 'menu'

Wow! Looks delicious!
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Really fascinated by this. Gosh you are an inspiration to us all.

I am wondering, is there any nutritional loss by dehydrating?
There is some nutritional loss via dehydration (as there is with any form of food preservation). It is on par with the nutritional loss of freezing. It is also not intended to replace fresh produce in the diet, rather to supplement it
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OMG thats so nice I almost bought a dehydrator in amazon. Maybe Ill do that in a few months I love the candy ones the are so nice.
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