Do you have an abundance of zucchini and have run out of ideas on what to do with them? Do you have some large ones? Well try this Mock dried pineapple, It taste just like dried pineapple at a fraction of the cost. Plus it is super easy to make, and the kids love them. Every time my nephew comes over he heads straight for the jar with these in them.
All you need is a large zucchini. The smaller ones don’t work as well for this.
Frozen concentrated pineapple juice do not add water. ( It has to be frozen concentrate. Canned juice is watered down and you won’t get the pineapple flavor,)
1 cup of sugar per can of juice (optional)
Powder sugar or corn starch
Start by peeling and getting the seeds out, they should look like this.
Then slice each half into 3 slices.
Then chop into 1 inch chunks they dehydrate way down.
Pour the juice and sugar into a large pan, you do not have to have the sugar, but it does make them a little sweeter. Add zucchini chunks.
Cook down until translucence then cook down about another 30 minutes. They will start to look like pineapple chunks. Put the chunks in a colander that is sitting inside a bowl, to drain the extra juice off.
Put on your trays and dehydrate at 130 for about 12 to 18 hours depending on the size of your chunks. If you don’t have a dehydrator put in your oven on the lowest setting and prop the door open just a bit until dried.
As you can see they get a lot smaller. Take off the trays and put into a bag with a little powder sugar to keep them from sticking to each other.
You can also use any fruit juice or Kool aid ( the koolaid does need to be double strength eg. 2 packs instead of one) for fruit flavored fruit snacks.
I reused the juice to make another batch, you can store the juice in the fridge until ready to reuse.
These are a great snack for the kids, they are getting a vegetable and don’t even know it.