Zero-Waste Quick Tip
Throwing away foods because they have become stale is one of my pet peeves. However, I live in a high humidity area and this is a frequent occurrence at Casa Colleen. Again, my dehydrator saves the day!
Snack foods including cereal, chips, popcorn, and crackers are revived in my home by simply putting them in the dehydrator. Cheerios and tortilla chips both refresh to their former glory of crunch, and I couldn’t tell the difference between them and their non-stale counterparts. This also dramatically improved the texture of the stale crackers. Just last week I saved over $20 refreshing some snack foods!
Note: This does not work for snack foods that are high in oils, fats, or butter (similar to buttered popcorn).
The process is easy and takes very little time.
- Turn your dehydrator temperature to 135°F/55°C.
- Load food on trays in a single layer allowing space in-between. If the food is smaller (like Cheerios), use a mesh liner to prevent food following through the spacing in the trays.
- Allow dehydrator to run 1-3 hours until your snacks have returned to their former glory!
I have done this with:
- Chips of all kinds (including veggie chips),
- Cereals (puffed rice as well),
- Crackers (even Triscuits although they take a bit longer),
- Popcorn, both flavored and unflavored(those with high butter or oils were not as successful),
- Tortilla chips, and corn chips,,
- And bagel bites as well as French bread chips.
You can even revamp stale bread into breadcrumbs and croutons. Or take stale quick breads, muffins, cupcakes, and cakes and make a wonderful biscotti-like snack food! To learn how to save stale breads and baked goods as well here: Zero Waste—Dehydrate Stale Baked Goods.
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