How To Dehydrate Watermelon For Healthy Snacks

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Today I am showing you how to dehydrate watermelon. It is so easy and healthy without any chemicals and preservatives. If you have a bumper crop of watermelon, this is one way to make some easy snacks to eat every day or take hiking and camping. Do you sometimes look in the refrigerator and say hmmm… I am not going to be able to eat all that watermelon. Have your dehydrator handy and cut the watermelon into bite size pieces and start drying them. If the watermelon is sweet the dehydrated watermelon pieces will be sweet. Remember you can dehydrate in your oven or on screens in the sun. Are any of you planting watermelon seeds this year?

This particular watermelon was seedless (you can see the small white seeds). If you dehydrate a regular watermelon with black seeds you will want to remove the seeds before dehydrating. I will only dehydrate a seedless watermelon…I am not removing any seeds. LOL!

How To Dehydrate Watermelon

Here’s the finished product, yummy!

How To Dehydrate Watermelon

These dehydrated watermelon pieces are so sweet and chewy….you will love dehydrating some! I promise! Enjoy!

***Please note if you do not have a dehydrator you can use your oven. Set your oven at the lowest possible setting. Leave the door open. You need air to circulate around the food you are drying. You will need to watch the food closely because it is a little more tricky for the dehydrating time. Place your food on a nonstick tray.

How To Dehydrate Watermelon

Ingredients:

Cut watermelon and remove the rind. Cut the watermelon into bite size pieces approximately one inch in diameter.

Instructions:
  1. Place the watermelon pieces on the dehydrator racks spacing them so they do not touch each other. This way they will dry more evenly. I used an Excalibur Dehydrator and my manual says to set the temperature at 135 degrees. Be sure and look at your own dehydrator to see the correct temperature for your dehydrator. The time to dehydrate will always depend on the humidity of the room you are using to dry the product. Today this batch of watermelon took about 9 hours. No chemicals or preservatives.

PRINTABLE recipe: Recipe by Food Storage Moms

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12 thoughts on “How To Dehydrate Watermelon For Healthy Snacks

  • March 13, 2014 at 7:28 am
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    You mentioned that you can dehydrate the watermelon in the oven, but didn’t say how. My kids love watermelon, but we don’t have a dehydrating machine, so I would love to know how to use the oven to do the dehydrating. Thanks!

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    • March 13, 2014 at 9:05 am
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      Hi Rennie, I am so glad you asked. i just added the information to my post! ***Please note if you do not have a dehydrator you can use your oven. Set your oven at the lowest possible setting. Leave the door open. You need air to circulate around the food you are drying. You will need to watch the food closely because it is a little more tricky for the dehydrating time. Place the your food on a nonstick tray. My electricity is so expensive where I live it is cheaper for me to use a dehydrator. Thanks for asking the question! Linda

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    • March 13, 2014 at 2:04 pm
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      Hi Faith, they look fabulous! I was happy to ready you dehydrated them in your oven! Love it! I was already following you! Thanks Linda

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  • March 14, 2014 at 8:20 am
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    Can you dehydrate in a gas oven using only the pilot light? It seems so wasteful burning all the time for nothing.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 9:13 am
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      Hi Sandra, I think it is a waste of fuel myself to dehydrate food in MY oven. Our electricity is so expensive where I live. I only have an electric stove. I have always had a gas stove. I think you would want air flowing through your oven. I wonder if you just took your cookie racks that we all cool our cookies or cakes on…and let them air dry. I know a lot of people dehydrate food outside with screens. The pilot light scares me a little. Is there a smell/fume it would put in the food because it would take days to dry. Not sure??? I know dehydrating needs air to dry the food…I wish I could answer that question. Thanks for stopping by! Linda

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  • March 14, 2014 at 10:19 am
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    Do not dehydrate over 115 — you want the watermelon to still be a living food. Temps over 115 kill the food.

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    • March 14, 2014 at 10:30 am
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      Terry, really? I did not know that. Do you think the Excalibur Dehydrating Book shows higher temps for a reason? Linda

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      • March 14, 2014 at 2:25 pm
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        Linda, I’ve been raw vegan for many years, so am sensitive to the temps food is prepared at. The basic idea is that cooking destroys not only many of the vitamins in food but also enzymes that are important to our health.

        Food that reaches 115F-118F is no longer considered raw because at temperatures above that, the food’s nutrition is diminished.

        Because of this, dehydrating temperatures for food that still qualify as raw once dried are typically between 105F/41C and 115F/46C. That is significantly lower than the 135F/57C to 150F/66C usually recommended for drying fruits and vegetables. What this means is that if you want to dry foods but still keep their raw status, you’ll need to allow for up to 1/3 longer drying time than the usual dehydration recipe will specify.

        I actually have two Excalibur dehydrators … love them! 🙂

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        • March 14, 2014 at 4:35 pm
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          Terry, I LOVE this!!!! I will have to do posts that show the Excalibur temperature but I am thinking the true raw vegans would know this…right? Would you be interested in doing a post about this for my website? Or do you have a website I could link to? Let me know. It would have to be original content from you with your pictures so I could pin them with your watermark is great. Let me know if you would be interested. Thanks so much! Linda

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  • June 3, 2018 at 1:19 pm
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    You mentioned everything accept how you store your dehydrated watermelon. I have read so many different articles, I am wondering who is correct. Some say store up to 2-4 weeks and after that its implied that it no longer good, others have said years – I could just as easily freeze the watermelon for longer storage. Does thickness affect storage? If I place the watermelon in air tight containers and store in an area that remains below 60 degrees how long should it last? Thank you in advance for any help.

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    • June 3, 2018 at 2:27 pm
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      Hi, William, I store my dehydrated watermelon for 2 weeks at the most. Thickness effects how long it will take to dehydrate. I have frozen watermelon for smoothies. I received my Master Canning & Preserving Certificate and what you may read on the internet please be cautious with the information. Please check your USDA canning and preserving guidelines. They change often. Please be safe, when in doubt throw it out. Linda

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