With a bumper crop of cantaloupe in the garden they are ripening faster than we can eat them. With fruit in short supply this year we hate to see them go to waste. So we decided to try something new and instead of dehydrated apple chips we dehydrated cantaloupe chips. It was simply a matter of peeling and chopping the cantaloupe into 1/4 inch slices and then laying them on the dehydrator trays. No lemon treatment or anything.
Once all the trays were full we set the dehydrator to 130 and let them dry for about 18 hours or overnight. They were a little crispy barely around the edges and chewy otherwise.
Drying them really concentrates that sugar so they are really sweet but the grandkids will love that on a cold winter day. Our favorite ones were the one tray that I experimented with and sprinkled them with sea salt. Loved that sweet/salty combination.
We let them cool slightly and then placed them in quart jars with oxygen absorbers to seal.
These will not be reconstituted but rather just be eaten as a snack. Just a little reminder of those warm summer days in the melon patch to get us through the winter.
Blessings from The Holler
The Canned Quilter