Yesterday at the store they had some bananas for fifty cents a bunch. A bunch jumped into my bag.
My default need-to-eat banana recipe is bread or muffins, but when I got home I realized that it was really too hot to turn on the oven. I started thinking creatively, and wondered if it was possible to dry the fruit for later. A quick Google search revealed that not only was it possible, it was easy.
I started out by weighing the bananas to see what I had... a little over 3 1/2 pounds of gooness:
After I peeled and sliced the fruit, I tossed it with lemon juice and arranged the slices on dehydrator trays,
then started up the dehydrator and waited.
The process took longer than I anticipated. At bed time the bananas were still moist. Before I turned in I lowered the dehydrator thermostat as far as it would go (so the slices wouldn't finish in the middle of the night). This morning things were still dampish, so I turned the thermostat back up. Two hours later I had this:
These slices are chewier than banana chips (which are actually fried) and have an intense banana flavor. I put them in a container in the pantry, but since I've already gotten into it several times I suspect it won't take long before the bananas are gone.
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