10 Recipes for DIY Dried Foods, From Kale Chips to Rose Hips

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Rose Hips

Rose hips, the cherry-sized fruit of the rose bush, left behind after the flower has faded, can be dried and eaten straight as a snack, like dried berries, or used to make tea. They are super high in vitamin C, and have a spicy, nutty, sweet floral taste that is pretty much divine. Food fit for gods and goddesses.

First collect the hips after the blooms have died and wash the fruit gently. Cut the fruit in half and scrape out the hairy seeds. Then simply dry the rose hips on a baking sheet in the oven set at the lowest temperature, checking and stirring often so that they don't burn.

You can also string them on a thread with a needle into a garland of sorts and dry them in a cool, dry place. Leave room between the hips so they can dry thoroughly, which should take a few days. Store them in an airtight container, and when ready for some rose hip tea, seep the hips in hot water and voila. You can also add other dried bits to your tea mix, like the blend pictured above which includes rose hips with hibiscus blossoms, dried apple pieces, elderberries, and orange peel.

Another way to dry rose hips is to make a puree from them and then make fruit leather. Yes, rose hip fruit leather. Heaven.

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