Apple Roll-Ups & Dehydrated Bananas

Success!  Well, close.  Okay, it’s like being a little pregnant!  You either are or aren’t.   They need a little work, ha!

My apple, yogurt roll-ups came out very tasty.  They were a little too thin.  For being my first attempt, I’m very pleased.  They may not have been perfect, but as long as they are edible, I’m happy… for now.

What I learned:

First ~ Using plastic wrap was a little bit of a challenge.  The heat from the dehydrator ‘shrunk’ it, kind of.  In Tammy’s video, she used a zip lock bag while taping it down with duck tape.  I just tucked it under the tray screen and had to adjust it a couple of times – I’d like to avoid this in the future.  Next time, I’m going to use the duck tape (once I buy some).

Second ~ Wish I had watched Tammy’s video again right before because I did miss ‘most’ of her steps:

  1. I didn’t cook my apples!  You don’t have to, but I think I would like the results better.  Today’s blueberries will be cooked.
  2. I didn’t add corn syrup or lemon juice (although, I did spray them with lemon juice right after sliced).
  3. When they cooled just a little, I rolled them up with plastic wrap which was fine.  Personally, I do like Tammy’s using wax paper and will do that from now on.

Here’s a picture of my sickly looking dehydrated roll-ups:

My banana chips came out great.  Didn’t put them in until 11am and took them out around 9:30pm or so.  I could have taken them out sooner.

Before I left for my jewelry demonstration, I did feel they were okay but chose to dry them some more and hoped they would still be fine.  Did a taste test and they are.

Have them now in a jar for snacking

Now my concerns are freshness and shelf life.

Just received my Oxygen Absorbers on Wednesday and after some research on them, I’m finding out that once you open your package of absorbers, they activate immediately… all of them.

Since that is the case and I’ve ordered a package of 200 at a pretty good price of under $19, including shipping, I want to be sure to take as good a care of them as possible.

Before I start, I want to have my vacuum sealer, little baggies and vacuum bags ready so to do this as quickly as possible to preserve my oxygen packets.

What I plan to do is use snack sized sandwich bags placing 10-15-20 in each.  Place all my little baggies back into the original vacuum packed bag it came in and place that into another larger vacuum packed bag.

Will this preserve my unused oxygen packs?  I don’t know.  We’ll have to learn as we go.


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