So…. I made dried bananas. :D They’re in the dehydrator at the moment, but that doesn’t prevent me from sharing them here!
I did 8 bananas this time around. (I know there are only 5 in the photo… :P)
Then I made a “Honey Dip.” This stuff smells so delish I could eat it straight!
- 1 cup honey
- 1 cup sugar
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 3 cups boiling water
Stir it up until the sugar and honey are dissolved.
Mmmm….. Then you enjoy the smell for a couple minutes before starting to cut the bananas. Ohhhh…. so good.
Anyway, then you grab your first banana and peel it halfway. Take up your sharp little knife (or whatever you like to use to cut bananas) and slice it in 1/8-1/4″ sections, right into the honey dip. (Peel it farther as needed, by the way. ;) ) I did 2 bananas at a time. Not simultaneously of course, but just … 2 bananas.
Let the banana slices soak in the honey dip for 5-10 minutes. It has 2 purposes: first, it makes them sweeter; second, it keeps them from turning brown.
After they’ve sat for a while, use a slotted spoon to scoop them out of the honey dip into a colander (which should be sitting in a bowl) to drain.
While those bananas are draining, slice the next 2 into the honey dip. The time it takes for you to slice them should be long enough for the ones in the colander to drain, so when you’re done slicing, arrange the drained slices on a drying rack. Repeat this step until all the bananas are sliced and drained and put on the racks.
Then put the racks into the dehydrator and turn it on 135*. According to the cookbook, they should be done in 6-10 hours, or until leathery.
And of course, all the peels go in the trash or compost. ;)
I’m pretty sure they’ll be super tasty, but I won’t know until sometime tomorrow. Meanwhile, try it yourself if you like! :)