Melons are a favorite summertime treat. If you’ll take the time to dehydrate melon slices you can have that wonderful flavor all year long.
My melon harvest was frightful, but luckily they were on sale at the local grocery store last week so I picked up several to freeze for smoothies and to dehydrate. This batch is particularly tasty!
The process is fairly straight forward so don’t miss out when they are on sale at your store.
First, thoroughly wash the outside of the melon with soap and warm water. You never know where it’s been!
Cut the melon in half and remove the seeds.
Slice the half into fourths and remove the rind.
Continue cuting each fourth into four sections, with the outside of the slice being 1/4 to 1/2 an inch thick and the inside coming to a point.
Lay them out on dehydrator trays so no pieces are touching. Set the dehydrator to 125 degrees F for 8 to 10 hours. They will be pliable when dry and the centers will be dry.
Condition the slices and make sure they are ready for storage. Place them upright in a canning jar with a tight lid for one day. If there is a trace of moisture on the glass, remove the slices and dehydrate for another hour or two. The dry melon slices can be stored in a canning jar with a tight lid for at least 6 months.
The dry melon slices can be stored in a canning jar with a tight lid for at least 6 months, although they don’t last that long at our house. For extended storage time, remove oxygen from the jar and store in a cool, dark cupboard for one year.
Since we can never grow enough melons to keep the kids happy, dehydrating is the answer. You’ll find that a few long slices of dry honeydew or cantaloupe are perfect for an afternoon snack.
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