Sometimes I just don’t have enough racks to dehydrate everything before it goes bad. That happened just before Thanksgiving when I was given a small box of pickling cucumbers. My machines were full of onions and I was at a loss as to how to deal with them.
Remember, you don’t necessarily need electricity to dehydrate most foods. Just a dry, airy place with good ventilation.
I rummaged around in the cabinet and found several sets of cake / cookie drying racks.
I opened out the legs and stacked one on top of another. Just to be sure they don’t fall apart in case I accidently bump them, I used a bit of pink duct tape to hold the racks together.
These were placed on a silicone baking tray I happened to have. The bottom rack is actually a clean grid I use for draining fried foods. You don’t need the silicone baking tray, you can just set it on a convenient counter. Since I have such limited space, I figured that having a base would be convenient in case I needed to move the rack before they were done.
After peeling the cucumbers, I sliced them in about ¼ inch pieces, then spread them out on the racks. It took about a week for them to dry. The bottom rack took two more days.
Longer to Dry
I noticed the bottom rack took longer to dry. I think because it was barely off the counter and there wasn’t enough air circulation underneath it.
Dried Cucumber Slices
Here is the air-dried cucumber slices. They are crispy and snap when you bend them.