Food Dehydrator Recipes: 3 Tasty Snack Recipes

When people think of cooking, they picture stoves or ovens or even microwaves. They don’t think of dehydrators. 

Sweet & healthy fruit snack using Nesco dehydrator

But they should. 

There’s no end to the different foods you can prepare with a dehydrator. We’ve put together some of our favorite food dehydrator recipes below. 

So let’s get started!

1. Berry Fruit Leather 

Fruit leather is a healthy, no-mess snack you can take to work or pack in your kids’ school lunch box. And while it’s healthy, it doesn’t have that bland, boring taste sometimes associated with healthy options. 

It’s also easy to make

Here’s What You’ll Need: 

  • 2 cups of fresh fruit (any type you prefer)
  • Juice from 1/2 a lemon 
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar

Here’s What to Do:

Start by blending the ingredients together until smooth. Then spread the mixture on a dehydrator tray, doing your best to make it as even as possible. You may want to line the tray with parchment paper first, but this is optional. 

Set the dehydrator to 140F and leave the fruit mixture in for at least four hours. Keep in mind, you may have to leave it in for more than four hours depending on the fruit you use. 

When you take the fruit leather out, cut it into thin strips and roll it up and store them in an airtight container. 

2. Beef Jerky 

Beef jerky isn’t just delicious, it’s also a convenient way to get protein when you’re out and about. But buying beef jerky at the store can get expensive.

This recipe gives you an easy way to make it yourself. 

Here’s What You’ll Need: 

  • Your choice of meat 
  • Your choice of seasoning

Here’s What to Do:

Start by cutting your meat into thin strips. Then let the meat rest in your choice of marinade for at least four hours (keep the meat in a sealed container in the fridge while you wait). 

After your meat is done marinading, lay out each strip on your dehydrator tray. Turn on the dehydrator to the highest setting and let the meat sit for at least four hours. 

3. Veggie Chips

Do you ever crave potato chips then feel immediately guilty after eating them? Veggie chips are healthy (and yummy!) alternatives to traditional chips, and they still have the same crunchy texture. 

Here’s What You’ll Need: 

  • Your choice of veggies 
  • Olive oil 
  • Salt

Here’s What to Do:

Slice your preferred vegetables as thin as you can. The thinner they are, they more chip-like they’ll look, feel, and taste. 

Then toss the slices in a bit of olive oil and salt to enhance the flavor. However, this is optional. You can leave the vegetables plain as well. 

Dehydrate your veggie slices at 135F for at least six hours. If you have thicker slices, you may need to keep them in for several more hours. The veggie chips will still feel flexible when you take them out, but they’ll crisp up after they cool. 

Trying the Best Food Dehydrator Recipes

There are hundreds of delicious food dehydrator recipes out there, and you should keep testing different options until you find your favorites. 

Want to learn how to make other tasty foods in your kitchen? Make sure you take a look at some of our recipes!

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