Friday, August 13, 2010

Watermelon Chips

It's no secret that we like to play with our food in our house. Out of morbid curiosity, we decided to see what would happen if we put watermelon in our food dehydrator. I didn't have high hopes for this. I mean, come on, it's watermelon!

Dehydrated Watermelon

But it turns out that I was pleasantly surprised. Now, obviously, it's not nearly as amazing as biting into fresh watermelon. But it's certainly a valid snack in its own right. The texture is almost like a chip. A bit softer in places, and a bit chewy in places, but mostly crisp, in a good way. The flavor reminded me of watermelon Jolly Ranchers or other fake watermelon-y candy.

All in all, this was definitely one of our more successful food dehydrator experiments so far. Do you have a food dehydrator? What's your favorite thing to suck the moisture out of?

Watermelon Chips: A Photo Tutorial
An original Playing House recipe

1/2 medium watermelon
Food dehydrator

First do this:
IMG_4310

Then do this:
Watermelon

Wait about 12 hours, then flip the slices over. Wait 10-12 more hours. While you're waiting, feel free to do this:

Smilemelon

Next time you peek, you should have watermelon chips that look like that top picture up there. Enjoy!

17 comments:

The Bon said...

tomatoes and apples. (not together obviously) I store them in ziplocs in the freezer for super extra freshness power and use them throughout the year.

willowbirdbaking said...

Fun!! I want to munch on a few of these!

Julie @ Willow Bird Baking

Andrea said...

These were among my favorite snacks growing up when watermelon was flowing out of the garden. When the other kids were eating fruit roll ups, I got these and loved it. I vouch for their loveliness!

Kat said...

Wild-gathered mushrooms like morels and boletes are the most frequently found foods in our dehydrator. One experiment went really south once and such a mess it made! We gathered a bunch of ink-caps (another yummy wild mushroom that grows prolifically around here) and decided to try drying them. They all turned to ink and melted through the slats and became a nasty slurry in the bottom of the dehydrator. That was not a fun clean-up job at all!
BTW, we put the dehydrator outside out in the shop when we dry morels because the spores spread wildly and make me sneeze and sneeze!

Elizabeth said...

I totally thought those were tortilla chips in the picture! Awesome..now to go buy a food dehydrator.

(wife.) said...

evil genius!!!!!

Y said...

Great how the vibrant colour was still retained. I never would have thought dehyrated watermelon could be crispy (as opposed to floppy/rubbery). Yum :)

foodandtales said...

Watermelon was one of the first things I ate from a food dehydrator, back when I was a little kid and one of our friends kept one in the barn. I thought it was pretty magical. My favorite things to dry are peaches, mangoes, and pineapple, and bananas. We also made yogurt in ours, but I can't really vouch for it's greatness as I forgot to cover it and it turned out kind of stringy and weird. "Stringy" is an adjective that should never accurately describe yogurt, let me tell you. I'm going to try again, though.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Wow! I have never heard of this... I'm raw vegan so I dehydrate stuff all the time, maybe I'l try it! What do they taste like??

kathy said...

Sounds like fun. I bet you can crumble it up and use as "bacon" on a salad just to add a bit of sweetness and crunch. I love how you can preserve freshness of summer in a dehydrator now I just need to buy one or make one.

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Maggie said...

Whaaaaa....?! These chips looks like they came from Crazytown! Delicious Crazytown, of course! Not that I "need" another kitchen gadget, but you're kind of making the case for a dehydrator here. Uh oh.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Update: I tried it!
I had a watermelon that was disappointingly un-crunchy, so I tried the chip method--it worked! Yummy! They're like little pieces of watermelon candy, they're so sweet! I've dehydrated at 105 degrees overnight for two nights, and they're not quite dry enough, so maybe one more night and they'll be actually crispy.

Adventures in Dressmaking said...

Update: I tried it!
I had a watermelon that was disappointingly un-crunchy, so I tried the chip method--it worked! Yummy! They're like little pieces of watermelon candy, they're so sweet! I've dehydrated at 105 degrees overnight for two nights, and they're not quite dry enough, so maybe one more night and they'll be actually crispy.

Anna said...

Oh wow! Now I REALLY want a dehydrator!

Paula said...

wow, that`s great!

spisblog said...

Your description of dehydrated watermelon tasting like Jolly Ranchers is spot on! I though the same thing.

Have you tried blueberries yet? They are simply awesome!

brthomas said...

Dried watermelon chips are great healthy homemade snacks. They taste great and are convenient as TV or computer snacks, hiking snacks, etc.

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