Yahweh blessed us with some bananas this week. Never one to turn down free food, I pulled out the dehydrator and Yehoshua and I got busy!
We had nine trays to fill. Yehoshua helped by throwing the wrappers in the trash can and then peeling bananas for me. I trimmed any bruises or strings and used a butter knife to slice them. Then Yehoshua helped me line the trays with the slices. As you can see, I had a whole box full of bananas to use, so I sliced mine nice and thick (about 1/4-inch).
Eliyahu felt a little left out, so I put him up in his high chair and let him eat some bananas while we worked. He loved that!
Yehoshua peeled and peeled. He was fast!! And he loved doing it. Not many two-year-olds get to peel 75+ bananas, all in one morning!
I think it took us about 1 1/2 hours to fill the dehydrator, and I was trying to work quickly. As the time passed and the peels piled up, Yehoshua decided to take a break. He gave Eliyahu some spinning car rides in the kitchen.
The full dehydrator! It will probably take 24+ hours for these to dry, since they're so thick. The dried bananas will make a tasty snack -- Yehoshua and I especially love them! :)
After filling the drhydrator, I still had some bananas left. I set aside some for Joshua's lunches, and made a triple batch of Banana Chocolate Chip Muffins. I ended up freezing about half of the muffins for future use.