Category Archives: Cooking

Dehydrating Apples

For yonks I’ve wanted a dehydrator, and this year I decided to spend the birthday money that my Mother gave me, on purchasing one.
Being a newbie to all things dehydrating, I opted for a budget dehydrator, as I didn’t want to waste money on something that may end up collecting dust in a cupboard.
I ordered a Digital Food Dryer & Dehydrator, which cost a penny under £40, from Amazon UK.

The dehydrator arrived the next day, but I was unable to get dehydrating because I still needed to purchase some citric acid, which I also ordered via Amazon UK.

When the citric acid finally arrived I thought I would start simple, so I dehydrated some apples.
dehydrating apples
To start the process I peeled and sliced the apples, and then left them to soak in a water and citric acid bath for 10 minutes.
dehydrating apples
I then drained the apple slices, and placed them on the trays in the dehydrator.
dehydrating apples
I put the lid on the dehydrator, set the timer to 12 hours and the temperature to 60 centigrade, and left it to do its magic over night.
dehydrating apples
The next morning I had a look at the apples. Some of the slices still seemed a bit soft, so I put the dehydrator back on for a further 2 hours, and that did the trick. The apple slices were perfectly dry and ready to eat.
dehydrating apples
My first attempt at dehydrating turned out very well, and I will be trying various other fruits, and also some savoury foods including tomatoes and mushrooms in the next few days.

Gennaro Contaldo – Italian Minestrone Soup

Step in to my garden!’ Let the Godfather of Food Tube, Gennaro Contaldo show you how to make the most delicious, warming and hearty minestrone recipe straight from his childhood. If there is anyone who knows how to pack flavour into a nutritious bowl of soup, it’s Gennaro. Packing veg from peas to pumpkin, this doesn’t only show you the rainbow, but has such an incredible variety of textures and flavours. A show stopper!

Gordon Ramsay – Pasta with Tomato, Anchovy and Chilli

Cheap, easy and quick, this is a proper store cupboard staple and the kind of thing perfect for a midweek meal. Buy jarred or canned anchovies, capers and olives in bulk and save time and money – all you need is the tomatoes.