Happy Tuesday Everyone!
Wow! What a beautiful day here in Vancouver! The sun was out, the birds were chirping and the flowers are starting to bloom. I think spring has sprung here early!
It was the perfect day to sit at a coffee shop with my sister enjoying the sights and some laughs! That was what my afternoon looked like 😉 I am now back home and back online and writing my post!
I received a really great question from a reader the other day and I loved it so much I wanted to dedicate my post to it.
“I have read many raw recipes online but most of them call for a dehydrator. I don’t have a dehydrator and can’t afford one right now. Do you have any solutions?”
I love incorporating raw food into my diet and it is hugely beneficial. I am raw up until dinner almost everyday and notice a huge difference in my overall energy.
Yes! I do have a solution for all of you out there who have put the Kale Chips aside until that Excalibur makes his way into your kitchen. No need.
How to use your Oven as a Dehydrator:
– Set your oven to the lowest temperature and leave the door open a jar.
– The oven should not be hot inside, but warm
-Put a fan in front of the oven to make sure it does not get too hot.
-You will find that you will need to regulate your “dehydrating” as the food is in the oven just to make sure the temp remains the same. If you have a thermometer this would work really well!
-Most items in the oven will still take at least 8 hours to “dehydrate”.
Here is a great recipe I found for Fruit Leather that is made in the Oven.
- 4 cups mango purée (from about 4 large, unripe mangoes)
- 1 cup clover honey
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
– Your oven should be able to maintain a temperature as low as 140 to 145°F.
Use greased cookie sheets with edges . Do not use waxed paper or aluminum foil.
Pour Fruit Leather onto Cookie Sheet.
Set oven to 140 – 145
Place the cookie sheets with purée on oven racks.
Leave the oven door open about 2 to 6 inches. Check oven temperature periodically with a thermometer to keep the air temperature at about 140°F. If the temperature gets too high, the oven may have to be temporarily turned off, and then turned on again.
For a large leather, begin checking your leather at 8 to 10 hours.
The dehydrating time will depend on your oven. After the 8 – 10 hours you will need to check often.
Enjoy these healthy, live treats!
Non Dehydrated food today:
I made a heap of crackers today. But I made them with Brown Rice and Quinoa! Freaking amazing!
I think these loves will go great with the big batch of Mung Dahl that I made last night 😉
Have you ever Dehydrated in the oven? If so, how did it work for you?