Barbara asks, “Has anyone dehydrated pineapple skins for powder? The stems and skin have huge amounts of enzymes that are beneficial to our health. I have a recipe for pineapple tea, but I would like to be able to store it in powder form too. Bad, or good idea?”
Yes, you can dehydrate the skins (AND the cores also) and grind into a wonderful powder! Pineapple powder is especially good when cooking seafood soups, tomato soup, spicy soups: like Thai tom yum soups, Korean kimchi soups, or Chinese hot and sour soup. And it is wonderful for meat rubs because it naturally tenderizes as well!
OR use pineapple skins in the dehydrator to be used for smoke later in the smoker. Instead of wood chips, use your dried pineapple skins to add flavor and variety.
Wash the pineapples thoroughly in 1 cup vinegar and 4 cups water, soaking for 30 minutes. Use a brush to get into the nooks and crannies, taking care of any dirt and pesticides that may be lurking.
Cut the skin from the pineapple into strips. Chop the core up into 1/2 inch pieces.
Spread on dehydrator trays in a single layer.
Dehydrate at 125 F/50 C for 6 to 12 hours or until crisp dry. Allow to cool.
Grind up the skin slices and core pieces in your spice grinder or other high-powdered machine. Or use a mortar and pestle if you wish.
Store pineapple powder in air-tight container(s) away from heat, humidity, and light.
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