Kate Payne of The Hip Girl's Guide To Homemaking when she asked, "Hey, would you like some watermelon jerky?" Watermelon jerky?! We took a bite and haven't stopped thinking about it since. Whether you call it jerky or leather or dried watermelon or dehydrated watermelon, this was a surprisingly enjoyable treat. Drying the watermelon concentrated the fruit's sweetness and it was like a chewy candy – without any added sugar! Kate used a dehydrator to make these addictive treats:
I sliced a quarter of the melon into 1/4"-strips or thinner if you can and then cut off the crescent-shaped rind portion from those slices and then made watermelon chips about the size of regular tortilla chips.
My Nesco dehydrator has a setting for fruit, which is 135 degrees F. I plugged it in and let it go overnight (~8-12 hours) and voila! A perfectly textured Jolly Rancher fruit leather!We've been thinking of getting a food dehydrator for some time and this may have sealed the deal. Presumably one could also make this in the oven but it would be a lot less energy efficient. Have you ever made dried watermelon using this or another method? • Learn more: Preserving watermelon at The Hip Girl's Guide To Homemaking Related: 3 Fun Food Parties To Host: Tips From Hip Girl Kate Payne (Image: Kate Payne)