What do you do when you buy a whole bunch of bananas on sale?
Dehydrate them, of course!
We’ve spent some time teaching the girls about hydration. They know they have to drink water to stay hydrated and healthy. They know the body is made of water and we lose water in various ways, so we need to drink water to keep it hydrated. What they don’t know so much about is is dehydration.
Making dehydrated bananas is extremely easy.
Just slice them.
Layer them on the dehydrator trays in a single layer with a bit of space between them.
Put the cover on the dehydrator, plug it in and wait. Wait. WAIT!
The longer you leave the bananas on, the crispier they get. I prefer crispy banana chips over the chewy variety, so I’m still experimenting on thickness to cut them as well as dehydrating time. We dehydrated these bananas for about a day and a half, and they were slightly chewy. Enough that it stuck in my teeth when I ate them.
The girls are still fairly young, so we didn’t want to go into too much detail on the process. Just enough to give them a taste of what dehydrating means. Here’s a few facts we shared with them, then allowed them to ask questions to help further their understanding.
Dehydration is a method of food preservation.
Food preservation means it helps the food last longer. For example if we leave bananas out on the counter they will eventually go bad, but we can leave dehydrated bananas out and they would be fine.
Dehydration means to take the water out.
Bacteria, fungus and other living things need the water to live, so if you remove the water from food, they can’t live in the food. This is what keeps the food from going bad.
A raisin is a dehydrated grape. (This is a great place to show them each and let them ask questions.)
Dehydrated food makes a good, healthy snack.
Since we need water to live we need to make sure we keep adding water to our bodies to replace the water we lose so we don’t dehydrate. We do this by drinking water.
What other foods can you think of that we can dehydrate?
Do you like to eat your dehydrated bananas as banana chips or mixed in a recipe?