Raisins in Disguise!
By dehydrating grapes to make raisins yourself, you'll find they taste better and plump up more than store-bought raisins.
Raisins, as we all know, are a great handy snack – whether you
are sat at home or are backpacking in the great outdoors!
nutrition for your kids ... Add grapes to fruit roll-ups too and for added sweetness to smoothies! Raisins are also great in breads and in your breakfast cereal.
Grapes Contain Omega-3 and -6 Fatty Acids!
Grapes Contain Omega-3
and -6 Fatty Acids!
Grapes have been dried for thousands of years and have many hidden health benefits.
Grapes are a great source of vitamins A, C and K before they
become raisins BUT when they ARE raisins, they have more Choline,
Niacin, Folate, and Betaine, with higher trace amounts of Thiamin, and
In the mineral
department, raisins beat grapes hands down in Potassium, Calcium,
Magnesium, and Fluoride. Both grapes and raisins contain Omega-3 and
Omega-6 fatty acids.
Dehydrating Grapes – Fun to Do –
Everyone Loves Raisins!
Fun to Do –
Everyone Loves Raisins!
Coming up, I'll tell you more about
cutting them in half after you have washed and removed the stems – or
you may leave whole if desired.
If you cut in half, place the grapes on
the dehydrator sheet with
the cut side facing up, so that the grape juice doesn't drip down to
the trays below! (If you blanch the grapes first, see step one, below, you can save a ton of time in the dehydrator).
How to Dehydrate Grapes
to make Raisins
- Rinse the grapes and blanch in a small amount of boiling water
- Cut the grapes in half and place on your food dehydrator sheets, cut-side up to prevent drips on the lower trays!
- Turn on your dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F
and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions). Drying time:
between 6 – 10 hours
- The raisins, er, dehydrated grapes will feel pliable when sufficiently dried.
- Remember to rotate your food dehydrator trays, for even drying.
Cut Grapes In Half –
Saves On Drying Time
Note: If drying your grapes whole, the drying time jumps to 10 – 36 hours so please bear that in mind. I highly recommend cutting the
grapes in half!
I did try the 'whole' method, but the trays got really
sticky ... and as stated, they took far longer to dehydrate ... so
cutting the grapes in half won out for me!For the green grapes, I decided to try just washing and slicing
the grapes in half, without blanching first. They worked a treat!
There's something about home-made raisins, they have that sweetness, but
also a great tangy/tart taste too! (Try saying that fast three times!)
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