There`s not a lot of mystery in how to dehydrate a melon:
- Remove rind
- Cut in even slices
- Place in dehydrator at 135 until thin, dry and leathery (near brittle but not quite).
The process takes 12-18 hours – but is greatly dependant on the thickness of your slices (our quarter-inch slices were pretty close to 18 hours).
There is however some tricks to getting even slices. Rather than describing the process of squaring-off a watermelon (we eat the rest fresh), it`s easier to show you:
It almost looks like a loaf of bread!
The bigger question for many will be – `What does it taste like?` It`s definately not like chicken. The flavor is nearly sickly sweet with a texture somewhere between fruit leather (or roll-ups), cotton candy and space food. Many adore it – I`m not sure it`s my cup of tea. But I`ll reserve my vote until the middle of winter where sweet flavors are less plentiful and this may make more sense in that context. If I don`t love it, I`ll bet I can find a bunch of people (and kids) who will adore it!
Have you had dried melon before? If not, would you try it? If so, what do you think of it?