175 Dehydrator Recipies You’ll love

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Have you just purchased your first dehydrator? Are you looking for new recipes to use with your existing machine? You’ve come to the right place, because we’ve compiled 175 incredible dehydrator recipes that are sure to please. Wondering how to make fruit leather in a dehydrator? We’ve got you covered with several examples. Not sure what to do with extra SCOBY, persimmons, tofu, and other unique ingredients? We’ve got recipes for those, too.

Learning how to use a dehydrator is a valuable skill. Not only can you preserve food to prevent waste, sometimes extending its life by months or years, but you also get to control exactly what goes into your body. A major problem with store-bought snacks and meals is that they’re loaded with so many unnecessary ingredients, including sugar, salt, preservatives, and chemicals. You don’t need these things, and you should have the freedom to choose foods that are free of them. When that option’s not available, it’s time to do things yourself.

The recipes you find here are suitable for all kinds of machines, whether you have an entry-level Nesco or a robust Excalibur 3926TB. They’re also suitable for all skill levels, so don’t feel intimidated when you see recipes for Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Leather, Chia and Sprouted Quinoa Crackers, Raw Coconut Tangerine Granola—you can do it!

Give these recipes a try, and then let us know how they turn out—we’d love to hear your feedback! We’d also love to know if you’ve tried any other awesome dehydrator recipes that we should include for other readers to enjoy.

Fruit

If fruit is a big part of your diet or you.ve got fruit trees and bushes, you know that’s it’s easy to find yourself with too much. And when there’s too much, you run the risk of it going bad before you have a chance to consume it. Whether you grow your own fruit or stock up every time you head to the grocery store, you can use these dehydrator recipes to extend the life of your food so that you can enjoy it for months to come.

  1. Caramel Apple Chips
  2. Cinnamon Apple Fruit Leather
  3. Dried Apple Slices
  4. Dried Asparagus
  5. Dried Bananas
  6. Dried Blueberries
  7. Dried Cantaloupe
  8. Dried Cherries
  9. Dried Cranberries
  10. Dried Figs
  11. Dried Grapes
    dehydrating grapes



  12. Dried Kiwi
  13. Dried Lemon Peel
  14. Dried Mangoes
  15. Dried Orange Slices
  16. Dried Persimmons
  17. Dried Pineapple
    Dried Pineapple
  18. Dried Plums
  19. Dried Raspberries
  20. Dried Strawberries
  21. Dried Watermelon
  22. Orange Peel Powder
  23. Raw Vegan Cinnamon Sugar Pear Chips
  24. Rhubarb Fruit Leather
  25. Spiced Pears
  26. Strawberry Rhubarb Fruit Leather


  27. Sun Dried Tomatoes
  28. Tomato Power/Dried Tomatoes


    Vegetables

    Just like fruit, vegetables can be found reduced and if you grow them, you’ll have periodic gluts. These vegetable dehydrator recipes let you preserve your harvest easily and helps you save money, as you can use them through the winter months when fresh veg is harder to find or more costly.

  29. Basil Wrapped Stuffed Mushrooms
  30. Beet Chips

Beet Chips Recipe
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  • Dried Onions
    Dried Onions


  • Raw Zucchini Chips



    Meat and Fish

    When dehydrating meat and fish, it’s essential that you use a high-quality dehydrator like the Excalibur, with its carefully controlled temperatures and even, consistent airflow. Using a cheaper model is potentially dangerous, as, if these products aren’t dehydrated fully and at the right temperature, dangerous bacteria may remain or other harmful bacteria strains may grow. So only try these recipes if you’ve got a decent dehydrator and you’re sure you can establish that the flesh is properly, safely dried.
    Jerky

  • Venison Jerky


    Snacks

    If you’re trying to avoid sugar, you’ve got dietary restrictions, you’re eating naturally, saving money, or just want to use your dehydrator for something other than just drying out plain fruit and veg, these dehydrator snack recipes are perfect. Dehydrating is ideal for making quick, healthy, tasty to-go snacks. Pop some in your lunch box, let the kids grab a quick snack on their way outside to play, or package them attractively for thoughtful, frugal gifts.

  • Zucc Raisins




    Herbs and Spices

    Dehydrator recipes for herbs and spices let you have fresh, flavorsome additions for your meals. Many herbs, spices, and mixes contain chemical agents like anti-caking agents and, for those of us who want a more natural diet, those synthetic and heavily-processed ingredients are something we want to avoid. So, making our own mixes makes the most sense. It’s really easy, too. As well as these recipes, once you’ve got the technique, you can experiment and make your own. Make a deep, flavorful fall soup herb and spice blend, or a cajun mix for your favorite cut of chicken. Or a steak rub. Or a winter spice mix. The list is endless.

  • Rosemary

    Other

    So, now we’ve got the recipes that don’t really fit anywhere else. Dog treats, bread crumbs, cereals, and more. It’s truly amzing just what you can make with a dehydrator.

Do you have any tried and tested recipes we’ve missed? Let us know and, if we haven’t got them and think they’re awesome, we’ll add them here. Get yourself a good dehydrator – even something budget-friendly but with solid performance like the Nesco American Harvest, and see just how much money you save and by how much you reduce the food waste your household reduces.
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Written by Becky Britton

Becky has been living green for more than a decade. She's a small-scale homesteader who is always learning new ways to make life a little greener.

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13 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    Thanks for all info here! ?

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  2. thatguywithstories

    This is interesting for all those who are into making recipes as an amateur or a professional. I am sharing this post onward so that people interested in dehydrating their recipes learn something new. Great post.

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    • Katy Willis

      Glad you found it useful. We love dehydrating our produce – it’s a great way of reducing waste.

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  3. Mommy Queenelizabeth

    Oh! This is interesting! Didn’t know about this before. In fact its my first time to hear/read about dehydrator foods. And those were a lot!

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  4. jayresa03

    Cool! I can search plenty options on what is available in our pantry. I love mangoes so I think I will be doing that. Thanks for the recipes.

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  5. mariaisquixotic

    I honestly did not know that there is such thing as dehydrating fruits and vegetables! I only know of juicing and blending as processes done with food. I actually am amazed with technology nowadays. Dried mangoes and dates are familiar to me but the other fruits and vegaetables are like uncharted waters. This also a great way of lessening the food waste! I get mad at myself whenever I throw away food.

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  6. momi berlin

    this is awesome. seriously haven’t heard of a dehydrator before and its use. i like the idea of zero waste management and the cool way it could preserve food. something really new to me and i wish this is something affordable. would also like to try it at our household.

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  7. Amila Wickramarachchi

    I only new about sun-dried food as we use to do that.Otherwise it is always we buy dehydrated food items from grocery stores.I never thought or heard of dehydrating with such equipment which is easy to use at home.I will check the suggested dehydrators.It is really nice if I can make dehydrated fruits and vegetables at home in a healthy way!

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  8. Nadine Smith

    I have never even heard of a dehydrator before, but it sounds like an amazing kitchen tool! I want to get my hands on one of these. It’s so amazing how you listed down all the possible kinds of treats you can produce just by using a dehydrator. You can even use it for doggie treats! So cool! I’m trying to have a “zero waste” lifestyle by making sure that everything in the kitchen is used up, and I think a dehydrator would be a good way to support that lifestyle.

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  9. Clarice of My Metro Lifestyle

    Hi Katy! We are actually considering the use of dehydrators since we are shifting to a greener lifestyle. We like the idea of minimizing food waste. Thank you so much for these recipes. Saving this one for future reference.

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  10. Thelittlelai: Beyond limits

    Wow, I couldn’t believe that there’s such a thing as this. I have just heard about dehydrator and seemed to be really interesting as you have elucidated it clearly and really in detailed. I also love that you have provided us a long list of recipes where we can get an idea and would love to try it as well. This is just truly a new concept of preserving food without a waste. Thank you so much for sharing this with us.

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  11. Karla

    wow, the things that you can do with a dehydrator is just amazing. I didn’t think of it. It proves to be really useful

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  12. Indrani

    Dehydrator is the latest trend I have read. Interesting how this concept helps in preserving food. The strawberry leather strip looked yumm to me and many other products looked new to me. Mangoes and dates are common here , I hope other dehydrated products hit the shelves here soon.

    Reply

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