So you find yourself with a whole bunch of bananas that you got on sale at the local grocery store and you know that despite how much you love them you won't be able to finish them all before they go bad. You have a couple options you can freeze them which works good if you are saving them for bars, smoothies or banana bread. The other option of course is to dehydrate them. The easiest way to do this is with a home dehydrator. They are very cost effective and can be used to dehydrate many of things produced from your garden. That of course is assuming you have a garden if you are interested in starting one there are many resources at your disposal including many pages dedicated to to the topic on this site.
Dehydrating bananas is simple to do and the end product can be used in many things from straight eating to mixing with cereal or as snack food on road trips or camping.
Select only the most perfectly ripe bananas. I like to use ones that are still just a touch of green as they are a little bit firmer.
Peel them and slice all the bananas into quarter inch slices and place them on the dehydrator trays with a little bit of space between each slice.
Place the trays in the dehydrator and turn it on according to the manufacturer's instructions.
It typically takes 6-8 hours to due a full load of bananas but this could change depending on the thickness of your slices and how well the dehydrator performs, When the slices are done they will be firm to the touch, with a depressed browned center and only a little sticky.
They will need to be stored in a airtight container like a mason jar. They can be kept for quite some time but should always be checked before eating if they have been stored awhile.
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