Snacking on well dehydrated pineapple can be a delightful experience. This is particularly true for young children. Dehydrating pineapples can be a great way of creating this delight-some experience at home.
Dehydrating pineapples is easy. It is also straight forward and simple. Well . add pleasant nutritional value to some recipes. They are also a ready to consume snacks. This is one of the reasons that dehydrating pineapples is quite popular among some dehydrator owners.
Pineapple, like most fruits, is seasonal. Dehydrating pineapples makes them available beyond the season of their peak availability. Also, dehydrated pineapple is nutritious and less bulky to store.
Dehydrated pineapples find a lot of uses in many recipes. Interestingly, dehydrating pineapples can be fun! The steps involved in dehydrating pineapples are easy. They are simple enough for anyone to follow.
Simple steps involved in dehydrating pineapples
- Select the pineapples to be dehydrated
- Peel the pineapples
- Cut or slice the pineapples
- Pre treat the pineapples (optional)
- Spread it out on the dehydrator trays
- Pack the trays into the dehydrator and turn it on
- Set the temperature and timer of the dehydrator
- Watch for dryness
- Unpack and store the dehydrated pineapple
Select the pineapples
The first step is to select the pineapples to be dehydrated. For best results, do use pineapples that are fresh. They should be free from any sign of rottenness.
Peel the pineapples
After selecting the pineapples, peel them. Remove the fibrous eyes of the pineapples. Also remove the core.
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Cut or slice the pineapples
Cut the pineapples into 1/4” slices or wedges. One may cut the pineapples into any shape as desired or preferred. Uniform slicing ensures uniform drying. Some appliances such as . make uniform slicing much faster. And even easier. . also help with uniform cutting. Check out now on .
Pre treat the pineapples (optional)
Note: if you do not mind that your dehydrated pineapples change a little color, you may
skip this section or step.
When the flesh of some fruits are cut and exposed to air, a chemical reaction called oxidation takes place. This
reaction leads to discoloration of the fruit. This progresses with the drying process.
To minimize the discoloration effects, the pineapples may be pre- treated.
Pre-treatment will also help to minimize nutrients losses in the course of
dehydration. Pre -treatment also helps minimize the deterioration of fiber
while in the process of drying.
Pineapple rarely oxidizes much in the dehydration process. So any form of
treatment may be unnecessary. However, flavor may be added to the
pineapple if desired.
Spread it on the dehydrator trays
Spread the pineapples evenly on the trays of the dehydrator. Better result is achieved if the pineapples are in a single
layer. They should not overlap. Doing this should not be difficult unless the quantity of the pineapple is large. In such
a case, it should be compensated for by turning them from time to time.
Pack the trays into the dehydrator and turn it on
Pack the trays back into the dehydrator and turn it on. Note that if you are using the Excalibur dehydrator, you must use all the trays or none. They are designed to function that way.
Set the temperature and timer of the dehydrator
Set the temperature of the dehydrator at 135 degrees Fahrenheit or 57 degrees Celsius which is the optimum temperature for dehydrating fruits such as pineapples.
Watch for dryness
Dehydrating pineapples last for between 10 -18 hours.
The actual time will vary depending on a number of factors. Such factors include: the type and power of the dehydrator and the environmental humidity. Other factors are the moisture content of the pineapples. Even different batches of the same fruits will likely take different times to dehydrate.
If you are using shelf dehydrators, it is a good practice to rotate the trays midway into the drying of the pineapples. This will help to ensure uniform dehydration.
Start checking for dryness after about 9 hours.
When the pineapple is fully dried, it becomes soft, or flexible, or pliable. It is necessary that the pineapples should not be over nor under dried.
Unpack and store the pineapples
When the pineapples are dried, allow it to cool. Unpack them from the dehydrator’s tray.
Package it for storage. Packaging of the . can be done using plastic food bag such as zip-loc. Vacuum seal bags can also be used. They can also be packed in glass containers with tight lid covers.
Dehydrated pineapples may be stored as is after
the dehydration. There are varieties of packaging and sizes of .. You may wish to check them out. Possibly to see how they compare with the one you are going to dehydrate.
Storing the dehydrated pineapples in a freezer will help prolong its shelf life.
Re-hydrating the pineapples is also easy and simple.
Re-hydration or reconstitution is the process of allowing the dried fruits to acquire back water. This enables the fruit to return to its original (or near so) size. The form, appearance and color for premium dehydrated pineapples are near that of the fresh fruits.
Re-hydrating the pineapples may be done by
Boiling: Place equal volumes of dried pineapples and water into a pan. Bring to boil and simmer until tender as desired.
Soaking: soak the pineapples for at least thirty minutes before starting to check for tenderness.
Cooking: This is not the best option when it comes to reconstituting .. However, it is an option. In this option of cooking, water is placed into a saucepan and brought to boil. The pineapples are placed into the sauce pan. It is simmered with the heat source turned down until tender.
The . may also be added straight to any recipe of your choice.
To get the best out of your ., you must resist this temptation. What temptation? To increase the dehydrator’s temperature “just a little higher”. This is usually done so as to save some extra time when dehydrating pineapples. But it often results in a poor finishing. The nutritional value of the pineapples may also be poor.
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