I really wanted a dehydrator for Christmas and my Santa knew. Well, I admit, I made sure he knew. My Santa caught on pretty good and under the tree was MY DEHYDRATOR.
Let the fun begin!
I tried apples with a little cinnamon–sooo tasty. I tried bananas, too. Both are very good, with or without cinnamon.
Then I remembered. When I was a little girl, I lived in a house with water filled radiators for heating and the main pipe ran through my bedroom against the same wall where my bed was. In the fall, when the heat was turned on, I peeled mandarins and placed the slices by the hot pipe for a day. The heat would “dry” the skin from the mandarin parts. You’d bite through the hard skin and the taste of the mandarin sweet juice was the best.
Oh childhood memories…and so…in the dehydrator they went, all little slices of mandarin. YES! They still taste as good as I remembered.
Everything went in the dehydrator–as soon as I opened my pantry door, my eyes scanned the shelves. What to put in next? I played with the dehydrator like a little girl with her doll house.
I noticed marshmallows. Don’t you just hate those sticky old marshmallows? I love the dry ones. Actually, I keep the bag open on purpose so they dehydrate naturally or pick them out of the bag of Lucky Charms cereal.
Could I speed that up? Of course I had to try. And YES, YOU CAN DEHYDRATE MARSHMALLOWS.
How to make Dehydrated Marshmallows:
So simple. Start with a big bag of mini marshmallows.
Spread them on the trays of the dehydrator. Turn the machine on and let them dry for a couple of hours.
Mine takes about 4 hours. The inside is still a little bit gummy, but when cooled, they are hard.
I store them in a big jar. It looks so nice. No sticky marshmallows anymore, but tasty crunchy ones that don’t shrink or wrinkle–they look perfect.
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Wonderful idea, Astrid! This will solve my marshmallow problem – the open the bag for a few marshmallows, then store them for a while only to later throw them out.
On February 7, 2011 at 8:28 am
I have to try this, I have frozen mine for years. Yes they keep for years.
On February 7, 2011 at 8:55 am
I LOVE this idea! I buy Lucky Charms for the kids sometimes just so I can eat the marshmallows out of them. The colored (fruit flavored) ones would be perfect!
Thank you, Astrid 🙂
On February 7, 2011 at 9:03 am
I love this! What a great idea!
On February 7, 2011 at 10:08 am
Kathi N says:
I poke holes in packages of Peeps ’cause I like those dried out. Now I won’t have to wait weeks for just the right staleness. It never occured to me to dehydrate them!
On February 7, 2011 at 10:10 am
What kind of dehydrator did you get….is it hard to clean?
On February 7, 2011 at 11:51 am
That’s soooooo cool. I was just talking to a friend this past weekend about how to get marshmallows dehydrated like they have them in hot chocolate mix…only THIS would be much better! I can hardly wait to try it. Thanks!
On February 7, 2011 at 1:15 pm
I have a dehydrator. I will have to try drying all these things. Neat idea! Thanks, Astrid!
On February 7, 2011 at 3:03 pm
I dehydrate watermelon and cantaloupe. WONDERFUL.
I also dehydrate carrots, potatoes, onions, tomatoes, beets and parsnips. When I want to have soup, I toss varyiing amounts of each into stock, add meat (or not) and it is done by the tiem I get home. Remember that things plump up, so you don’t want more than a little of each. Great time saver on winter work mornings.
On February 7, 2011 at 4:18 pm