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7 Ways to Use Your Microwave As a Dehydrator

Move over, popcorn. We've got a new use for your microwave.

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The True MVP

The ubiquitous microwave, beloved by frozen-dinner connoisseurs everywhere, can do more than defrost; it can also dehydrate. Follow these simple steps to preserve the flavor, color and shelf life of your favorite fruits and herbs without any additional special gadgets.

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For Apples

Arrange thinly sliced apple rounds on the glass tray in your microwave. Be sure not to overlap the slices.

Lightly pat the slices with a paper towel to absorb excess moisture.


Microwave the apple slices on DEFROST mode for 15 minutes, flipping every 5 minutes.

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For the Best Results

For the best results, allow the microwaved slices to cool and dry out completely on a drying rack for a few hours. Sprinkle with cinnamon for some spice! 

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For Bananas

Did someone say banana chips?

Spray your glass microwave tray lightly with cooking spray to prevent sticking, then arrange pieces of thinly sliced banana on the tray.

Microwave on DEFROST mode for 10 to 15 minutes, flipping midway. Your banana slices will be dry to the touch when ready.

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