I´ve been pondering about this ever since I began my juice/jam experiments. You can dehydrate fruits by putting them into the oven, at low temperature, and I did try that. The downsides are a) you need to turn the food over, so it dries from both sides evenly, and I never liked having my oven running for several hours - what a waste of energy.
If you live in a nice and warm and sunny area, you can apparently dehydrate food in your car. I´ve read several instructions on that. Only, neither do we have much sun, nor a car, and somehow, I feel strange putting trays with apples and bananas into a rental car. We might transport our chicken coop in it, but using it as a dehydrateer would be a bit over the top, wouldn´t it?
So I found this nice dehydrater in a Croatian supermarket, for a fracture of the price you´d pay in Germany, and happily took it home.
It consists of several plastic trays which you load with fruit...
...and then you plug the baby in and see what happens.
The strawberries are nice and crisp, and they taste like they would be awesome in a muesli - if they´d last that long.
My favourites were the figs, because they are crispy and remind me of croatia :)
And the bananas are sweet and delicious, a lot sweeter than fresh ones, and I love them!
As for the energy loss - I can´t really tell, but at least you can dry a far larger amount on much less space with this baby, and that must count for something.
The first time I heard Taylors new single, I wasn´t too enthusiastic. Then I found myself humming it, against my will, and Eva loves her Talor, anyway. And then this cute Tyler Ward cover popped up on my youtube feed last week, and I was pretty much sold :)