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
I looked up oxygen absorbers. Boy there are a lot of different ones to choose from. What kind and how many cc do you put in your quart jars?ReplyDelete
For quarts of dried fruit which is what I use this for I use 100cc oxygen absorbers.Delete
I didn't grow one cantelope! And I never thought about drying them either : )ReplyDelete
This is very interested recipte :) I must do thisReplyDelete
Ilona of Poland
CQ, Making chips is a great idea,and healthy too.ReplyDelete
Awesome. I love it!ReplyDelete
Need to keep working on that dehydrator. Maybe for Christmas...
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I'm going to try the chips. I tried watermelon ones and they didn't turn out good. Thank you for sharing this at the Carnival of Home Preserving!ReplyDelete
Fabulous idea. Reminds me when I chopped some left over from and event I catered. Threw them in freezer zippy and in the freezer! Pulled them out months later and made a lovely cocktail in the blender with some white rum and splash of lime.ReplyDelete
Frozen cantalope are good in fruit smoothies tooReplyDelete
This looks good, and will definitely be something I will want to try when my French cantaloupes are ripe this Summer. :) I was researching about dehydrating cantaloupe and came across your blog just now, and I wanted to ask, how long will the dehydrated cantaloupe chips last in the jars before they go bad? I want to find a good way to preserve my French cantaloupes as long as possible, and this technique looks promising.ReplyDelete
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Thanks for all your amazing info! After getting all the “Tommy Apple” cantaloupe in the dehydrator I have immediately followed you.....like you I’m pretty Southern too. We’re old as dirt and live in a tiny town in N.C. that’s about ten miles passed the end of the earth. Can’t wait to start reading all your info!