Since getting the freeze dryer about 1-1/2 years ago, I’ve freeze dried just about everything I could possibly freeze dry. My favorites are the fruits. Apples, bananas, jackfruit, pears, peaches, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries . . that’s all the fruit I can remember having freeze dried but those are so very good.
I always look for fruit that’s on sale and it’s been fairly easy during their seasons to find peaches, raspberries, blueberries and strawberries on sale but I hadn’t seen bananas on sale in ages and they run from 59 to 65 cents/pound in the stores here. Aldi may be about 49 cents but I don’t always have good luck with their fresh fruits and veggies.
Brookshire’s had bananas for 29 or 39 cents a pound last week so I bought enough to fill the freeze dryer because I don’t like to run it if it’s not full. It costs more to run it than most people think. It takes about 23 average size bananas to fill it. The first time I went to Brookshire’s, I bought enough bananas to fill it and a couple extra for us to eat. The second time, which was just a couple of days later, I did the same thing but bought bananas that were a bit green because I knew it would be a few days before I got them in the freeze dryer. As they were beginning to get ripe, we ate a few too many and I had to peel and slice four apples to fill the last tray before starting the freeze dryer.
The jar on the back right has the apples. Otherwise, it’s all bananas.
There are 4 pints and 5 half pints of bananas, along with a salsa jar of bananas. That’s what I got from 19 bananas. It’s great that jars like salsa jars, pasta sauce jars – any glass jar that has a vacuum sealed twist off metal lid can be re-used with freeze dried foods in my vacuum chamber (pressure cooker Vince fixed up for me).
Freeze dried fruit is such a great snack for Addie. I keep a few jars in my car. In fact, there are still two pints of cantaloupe and one pint of jackfruit in my car from my last trip there. The fruit does have sugar but it’s a heck of a lot better than a piece of candy.