April 21

How to Make Dehydrated Cantaloupe

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Dehydrated cantaloupes make a healthy and delicious snack, whether it’s for trail mix, lunches or just having snacks at home. The cantaloupe retains its sweetness even when they are dried; this makes it a better choice than high sugar foods such as candy and chocolate.

When you have sliced and dried the cantaloupe then you will need to appropriately store the fruit to keep it safe and fresh.

Equipment Needed:

  • Cantaloupe
  • Food dehydrator
  • Serrated knife

Washing the Cantaloupe.

When washing the cantaloupe make sure to put it under the cool tap water, also make sure you turn the cantaloupe with your hands when the fruit is under the tap. You should use a vegetable brush to clean the cantaloupe’s rough skin of any dirt. Use a paper towel or dry cloth to dry the fruit. To clean the cantaloupe you won’t need to use soap, the brush and water are adequate.

Slicing up Your Cantaloupe

You will need to cut the cantaloupe lengthwise and to do this you will need a serrated knife. You must also make sure to keep your fingers safe when using the knife to prevent any injury. When the cantaloupe is cut you should use a spoon to remove the liquid and seeds from each half of the cantaloupe.

Cut each half of the cantaloupe into four pieces. Make sure to cut lengthwise through each piece of cantaloupes center. You will, in fact, be cutting each half of cantaloupe two times, into smaller halves; at the end, you should have 8 total pieces of the cantaloupe.

Peel each slice. Use the serrated knife to remove the rind.

Now that you have removed the rind from the cantaloupe you need to cut each piece of the fruit into half-inch ( 12mm) thick slices. You will need to cut the slices at half an inch to create long thin strips of cantaloupe. You need to do this to all eighth pieces of the cantaloupe. If you are not sure which part you should start cutting, you can use a tape measure to guide the blade.

How to Dry Cantaloupe Slices

Now comes the time to dry the cantaloupe slices. You need to spread out the cantaloupe slices on the food dehydrator tray. Next, you need to set the temperature of the dehydrator to 135 degrees Fahrenheit ( 57 Celsius ) and let sit around 16 hours. It all depends on the texture of the cantaloupe you prefer and you might want to dehydrate the slices for up to 18 hours.

•    Please note that some dehydrators will vary in size and shape which will limit how much slices you can dehydrate at one time.

•    Different dehydrators have different instructions, always check the owners manual for instructions.

How to Store the Dehydrated Cantaloupe Slices

Store the dehydrated cantaloupe slices in a container that is airtight. For example, it can be a mason jar or a sandwich bag. You must make sure the seal of the container that you choose is airtight; the reason for this is to avoid moisture from mixing with the cantaloupe slices and keep the fruit dry.

To keep your fruit slices edible for longer, you can wrap the container in a brown paper bag. This stops the direct sunlight which can cause discoloration in the fruit slices. Also, keep the container dry and cool.

The Difference Between Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melon

Do you know the difference between cantaloupe and honeydew melon? If not, don’t worry – you’re not alone! Many people are confused by the two fruits. They look similar, but they have different flavors and textures.

Cantaloupe and honeydew melon are both members of the Cucurbitaceae family. Cantaloupe is a muskmelon type, while melon can refer to any fruit in the Cucurbitaceae family. Both cantaloupe and melon are round with smooth, bumpy skin. They also have a hollow center that contains seeds.

The most significant difference between cantaloupe and melon is their flavor. Cantaloupe has a sweet, slightly musky flavor, while the melon flavor is delicate and smooth, with a subtle sweetness. Honeydew melon is also generally more watery than a cantaloupe.

Health Benefits of Dehydrated Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe is a great source of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals. When cantaloupe is dehydrated, it retains some of these nutrients while losing most of its water content. This makes dehydrated cantaloupe a concentrated source of nutrients that can be enjoyed in various ways.

Many health benefits are associated with cantaloupe, including improved vision, skin tone, and a lower risk of specific heart problems. Dehydrated cantaloupe is a great way to get all of these benefits in a convenient and tasty form.

How to Pick the Best Cantaloupe to Dehydrate

The best way to pick a cantaloupe is by doing a smell test. If it smells sweet, it is ripe and ready to eat or dehydrate. On the other hand, it is not mature and will not taste as good if it does not smell sweet. Another way to tell if a cantaloupe is good is by feeling its weight in your hand. If it feels heavy, then it’s good to go.

FAQs

What equipment do you need?

Dehydrating the fruit is relatively easy. You only need a food dehydrator, ripe cantaloupe, and a knife.

Do you have to add sugar to dehydrated cantaloupe?

No, cantaloupe is naturally sweet, so there is no need to add any extra sugar. The cantaloupe will naturally be sweetened as it dehydrates.

What can you do with dried cantaloupe?

Dried cantaloupe can be used in a variety of recipes. For example, it can be added to granola or trail mix or used as a topping for yogurt or ice cream. You can also use it in smoothies.

How long does dehydrated fruit last?

Dehydrated fruit such as cantaloupe will last for several months if stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place. However, for best quality, it is recommended that you consume it within six months.

Can you make fruit leather out of cantaloupe?

Yes, you can make fruit leather out of a cantaloupe. But, first, you will need to puree the cantaloupe and then spread it onto a dehydrator tray.

Try the recipe at The Kitchen Joy Blog.

Can you buy dehydrated fruit online?

Yes, you can buy dehydrated cantaloupe online. You can find it on Amazon.

Check out more delicious recipes here.


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