worth the price?
Dried watermelon jerky seems to be the rage these days. Have you tried it? I haven’t but I’ve read that it’s sweet of course, but also a little bit crunchy and chewy at the same time – that it’s a clean-tasting way to satisfy a sweet tooth. Watermelon jerky is great healthy snacking option because it’s just watermelon with nothing else added. Because it’s jerky it’s packable and convenient too. I searched for it online and found one producer, Sakara. Unfortunately they charge $11 for a 2.5 oz bag. I have no problem spending good money for quality food, but honestly that price is even over the top for me.
DIY watermelon jerky
You can make your own watermelon jerky by quartering your watermelon and slicing it into 1/4″ strips; then remove the rind and cut them into relatively equal sized pieces. Place your watermelon slices onto parchment-lined baking sheets and dehydrate them in your oven for at least 8 hours at 135ºF.
If you want something similar without all the fuss, you can try dried papaya or dried mango that you can easily find in the bulk section at Whole Foods.
I’m experimenting with DIY watermelon jerky in my oven today. If I love it, maybe I’ll invest in a food dehydrator. Amazon’s #1 seller is $59.98 – which is what you would pay for less than 5 bags of the pre-made watermelon jerky. Using a dehydrator makes the DIY process way more time and energy-efficient but then there’s the question of just how much more counter space do I really have?
What do you think?