Experiment #2: Raisins!
pulled out the bag of grapes my husband got really excited. There's
something about making yourself something you normally would buy in the
store that is really cool. This is definitely one of the reasons I
wanted to get the dehydrator. I love the idea of starting with totally
raw ingredients (if only I had access to grow them myself, but alas, in
my area in NYC there is no possibility of gardening) and then making
something one typically thinks of as a store-bought good. The grapes fit
nicely on the dehydrator trays, and while the instructions said it
could take from 8-36 hours to make raisins, I had high hopes.
it really DOES take about 36 hours for plump, juicy grapes to shrivel
into raisins, even after I raised the temperature to 160 degrees in
desperation. I am already cringing with anticipation of my upcoming Con
Edison bill. Apparently making raisins in the dehydrator is not terribly
energy efficient. Too bad though, because they are the plumpest,
yummiest raisins I've ever eaten in my life! Maybe over the summer I
will try sun-drying them...