New Dehydrator and Maddie's Cantaloupe
Dehydrating cantaloupe is so easy, that I am ashamed I have not done it before. All you need to do is cut it into 1/4 inch pieces, as long or square or curved as you like. I just cut it in four, scooped out the seeds, cut off the rind, then proceeded to cut 1/4 inch long slices, and then cut those into squarish pieces. The kids and I ate a quarter of this fresh, and the rest filled up all seven trays of the dehydrator.
Cantaloupe in the Dehydrator
This dehydrator has a temperature setting on the top, and I set it at 125.F because I started after dinner, and cantaloupe takes about 8 - 10 hours at 135.F, putting me at a 4am morning. I do not do mornings. At 125.F I was able to let it go a few hours longer. I checked it at around 8:30 am, and most were dried by 10:00 am.
The cantaloupe is done when it is leathery, but with no trace of moistness in the centers. The edges can be a bit crisp. Actually, my kids liked the crisper ones better, and the neighbor girls are munching on them now, as they play dolls.
The one thing I must say about cantaloupe chips is that they are intense. The sweetness is concentrated, and they taste very cantaloupe-y. The flavor is more pronounced. I love fresh cantaloupe better, but the kids really like the chips, so I think this is a win-win situation for my family. The kids get a snack that they like, and I get to eat fresh cantaloupe more often because I know it will no longer go to waste.