Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Dehydrating and Adoptables

  It’s Tasty Tuesday and Tuesday’s Tails, my double day blog hop. Sugar the Golden Retriever and Kol’s Notes host Tasty Tuesdays and always have scrumptious recipes or reviews.  If you are interested in all things edible for your pets, hop aboard!  Dogs ‘N Pawz is our host for Tuesday’s Tails, where we all feature adoptable pets in shelters or foster care.  It is a great way to share and help find loving homes for deserving dogs and cats.  Is there a shelter in your area that you can help promote?  You’ll want to join this hop for sure.  Please post or tweet the animals on the Tuesday's Tails hop.  The more exposure, the better the chance of finding forever homes.
Apple & Banana sliced thin and
spread apart.
  For Tasty Tuesday, I tried my first batch of dehydrated apples and a banana.  Last week, after being inspired by all of the great blogs about dehydrating, I attempted to make some in the oven.  The recipe seemed simple enough.  All I needed to do was slice the apple, sprinkle a bit of cinnamon on them, and bake them at 200˚ for two hours.  That is exactly what I did, turning them after one hour.  They were comparable to apple gum or chewy candy.  Even the boys didn’t like them!
  We visited my son and his wife over the weekend, so I borrowed their dehydrator. 
Cover & wait but they smell great!
Since it supposedly takes 6 to 8 hours to complete the dehydration, I waited until today to make them.  My husband helped by slicing the apples and bananas.  No matter how I try, my slices always end up being 1/8” on one side and 1 ¼” on the other!  He sliced them in thin strips while I laid them on the drying racks.  I ended up with one apple and about a half of a banana.  The instruction manual stated to make sure the air could flow around the slices.  When we spaced them out, they took a lot of room.
They worked & taste yummy!
  We stacked the trays, put the cover in place, and turned on the machine.  After only
thirty minutes, some of the fruit looked dry.  There was some speculation about it taking much less time.  I tried a banana slice after three hours and although it looked done, it was gummy.  When it had been 6 ½ hours, I tried another one.  Oh yes, it was crispy and perfect.  The dogs came in to see what was happening.  They behave like
Pierre loved the banana chips.
starving dogs if they hear any noise from the kitchen.  I gave each of them an apple and a banana slice.  Bentley loves them both, but Pierre prefers the bananas.
 
Bentley loved them both!
I hope that I get to practice with more fruit, maybe with some sprinkles of cinnamon next time.  Apples and bananas today, tomorrow…sweet potatoes!  Now, all that I have to do is hop to other Tasty Tuesday’s blogs looking for more ideas!  If you have a great recipe for something that I can dehydrate, let me know!  I’m on a roll now!
   For my Tuesday’s Tails, I am featuring two deserving dogs.  Originally, I was going to post Joe, the mixed basset Hound.  I’ve seen him each week, but thought someone would surely adopt him.  I mean, he is incredibly cute!  When I checked again tonight, I was sad to see he was still waiting.  He is on the second page, which means that I perused the listing on the first page.  My heart sank when I saw Gunny and read his story.  I knew that he needed to been seen today, also.  There is another dog, Biscuit that was rescued in a rent house that had been vacated.  Apparently, they forgot to pack their best friend when they moved.  Please share these photos to your Social Media in hopes of finding them homes.  Thanks to Dogs ‘N Paws for giving these dogs a better chance.




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22 comments :

  1. Looks like we may need to invest in a dehydrator! Yummy!

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  2. Love your honest report on your dehydrating adventure! Now, off to share those sweet dogs.

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  3. Yummy apples and bananas...good stuff and good for us pups! Enjoy, Bentley!

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  4. Great idea for treats for the dogs. Seems pretty simple too - thanks for the tips.

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  5. I think I need to get a dehydrator! Looks yummy! Hope those two precious doggies find a home. I'm off to share.

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  6. Paws crossed for the beautiful pups!!!!!
    And I know absolutely nothing about dehydrating stuff, but I would love to learn. People say it is easy, and you can just do it right in your oven like that, so I think I will give it a shot one day soon!
    ღ husky hugz ღ frum our pack at Love is being owned by a husky!

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  7. Those treats look pretty tasty! Good luck to both of those cuties on finding a new home soon!

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  8. I hope Gunny and Joe find their forever homes. Have you ever tried dehydrating chicken treats? I understand dogs gobble them up.

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  9. Oh very cool! I have that exact same dehydrator. We keep saying and saying that we'll get it out, but we never do.
    www.dogtreatweb.com

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  10. I have a dehydrator. I should try some apples and bananas. Thank you for the inspiration!

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  11. Thats cool! I don't have a dehydrator, I don't think Mikko or Jax would like dehydrated food...
    I hope Gunny and Joe find their furever homes soon!
    ❀Siamese Smothers and Tuxie Tickles❀ from Mikko and Jax at Happiness is Siamese!

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  12. I've tried doing sweet potatoes in the oven with similar results....no matter how long I left them in there I could never get them crispy like I wanted. I'm really thinking I want to get a dehydrator, I would love to do those fruits and other things in there!
    I also can't believe Joe doesn't have a home yet, what a cutie! Gunny has such a sweet face too....I hope they both find homes soon.
    Jan, Wag 'n Woof Pets

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  13. What delish dehydrated treats! We really need to get Mama to get one of those dehydrater things!
    Smileys!
    Dory, Jakey, Arty & Bilbo

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  14. Oh, Nola would just LOVE those!
    DM

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  15. We're sweet potato snack fanatics so looking forward to hearing how they go! The fruits look yum!

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  16. Those look sooo good! Can I have some!?

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  18. PAWsome! LOVE the way Bentley is sitting :-) I stop using the dehydrator (well it broke :-( ) Cooking the banana on a low heat on the oven seems to work better. Happy Tasty Tuesday! Golden Woofs

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  19. Glad the dehydrator worked for the tasty treats, easy enough to do. Those poor pups, hope they find a home soon.

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  20. YUM-ola! (Well, we think chick-hen would taste better'n bananas, unless they were NIP bananas!)
    Hoping for forever homes for those guys soon!!

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  21. Yum - what a healthy, tasty treat!

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