How to Make Starfruit Chips
This July, our starfruit tree went into overdrive. My husband was bringing in full crates of the pretty fruits each day and I couldn't face the thought of making yet another batch of jam.
So, I decided to experiment and see what would happen if I dehydrated the fruits. Well, the result was above and beyond what I hoped for. These starfruit chips are DIVINE. Crisp, sweet and slightly tangy they make a great addition to the picnic basket.
My experimental batch was amazing in its original state, but since then I've made spicy batches with red pepper powder sprinkled on top, and some with vanilla salt. You could try so many things with this basic technique and I'm sure they'd all be good. Remember, dehydrating concentrated the sugars in the fruit so these starfruit chips will be sweeter than the fresh fruit.
I leave a paper bag of them on the bench for my toddler to help himself to as snacks, and they make a nice addition to a fruit punch (just add the dried slices - they'll rehydrate in the drink). You can also chop the dried starfruit slices and add them to granola, slow cooked meat dishes (in place of the apricots in Moroccan tajines, for example) and rehydrate them in sauces and fruit salads.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 12 - 16 hours
- Ripe starfruits
- Wash the starfruits and dry them with a soft cloth
- Chop the fruits along their length to make star shaped slices about 1/2 inch thick. You can leave the seeds in.
- Arrange the slices on the tray of a dehydrator, without crowding them
- Turn on the dehydrator (125F) and dehydrate until the slices are crisp, pliable and not sticky to the touch Depending on your machine and the humidity where you live, this should take between 12 - 16 hours
- Store your starfruit chips in a paper bag away from moisture for several months
If you don't have fresh starfruits available near you, Amazon will deliver them straight to your door. Customer reviews on this product are pretty good.
I have an Excalibur 9 tray dehydrator and would marry it if I could. If you're serious about dehydrating (think about all the dried fruit, jerky, fruit leathers and more you could make) this is the best of the best. I easily got back my initial investment within the first 6 months of making my own dried fruit and snacks.