Well, I did it! I made the Watermelon Jerky that I posted about and it is soooo good and it was sooo easy to make!
I bought a small seedless watermelon and cut it into quarters.
Then I sliced each quarter into half-inch slices, making sure to NOT cut all the way through the rind. The rind is very thin on this one, so I had to be super careful.
I cut the meat of the watermelon away from the rind and cut some of the larger pieces into strips. Most of these pieces were pretty small, so I didn’t have to cut many of them smaller.
I loaded them on to the trays of my dehydrator. I dried the whole watermelon, so I used all four trays. You want to make sure that you leave spaces between the pieces so the air will be able to circulate and dry everything really well.
It takes at least 12 hours for everything to dry because watermelon is full of water. I guarantee it is worth the wait, though. I started the whole process right after work at 5 pm and it was done around 8 am the next morning. I shut off the dehydrator and let the watermelon sit and cool down for about 20 minutes and then it came off the trays easily.
The dogs approve!! And so do I! It tastes like candy!!
I put it in a mason jar to store it and keep it fresh.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you could bake it in the oven at 250-275 degrees for about three-quarters of the time it took in the dehydrator, so around 8-9 hours. You would want to keep a close eye on it though, because the temperature in the oven will be higher than a dehydrator.
I would love to hear if you give this a try.
Let me know in the comments how you did it and if you and/or your animals loved it.
I would also like to thank @ProudDogMom for posting the recipe.