Learn how to dehydrate marshmallows at home!
Dehydrating marshmallows is a fun way to keep marshmallows fresh for a long time. You can eat dehydrated marshmallows plain, or you could add them to drinks or other deserts.
When you’re buying marshmallows to dehydrate, try to buy mini marshmallows. This way, they will be easier to dehydrate and will take a lot less time than bigger marshmallows. You can even find mini marshmallows in fun rainbow colors. Marshmallows don’t decrease in size when you dehydrate them, so you won’t need to worry about mini marshmallows getting too small.
If you have larger marshmallows and want to make them smaller to dry, you can easily do this by covering them in a mixture of powdered sugar and cornstarch after you cut them. That way, they will not stick together.
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How to Dehydrate Marshmallows
Dehydrating marshmallows in a dehydrator
If you have a dehydrator at home, this is a great time to use it! Using dehydrators to dry marshmallows is the easiest method.
- Place marshmallows in the dehydrator. Leave some extra space around each marshmallow to ensure good airflow and even dehydration.
- Dehydrate the marshmallows at 160 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Dehydrate them for at least two hours. This could take longer depending on how many marshmallows you have in the dehydrator, and depending on how large the marshmallows are.
- Once they are dehydrated, take them out of the dehydrator to cool down.
It’s important to know that the marshmallows won’t be completely crisp when they come out of the dehydrator. They will still be a little bit soft or squishy. As they are given time to cool down to room temperature, their texture will change and they will become more hardened and crunchy.
Dehydrating marshmallows in an oven
This is a great option if you do not have a dehydrator at home.
- Preheat your oven. Try to heat it to the lowest setting possible. For the dehydrating to work without burning the marshmallows, the temperature has to be below 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Put the marshmallows on a baking sheet. Use only a single layer of marshmallows, and give them a little bit of space on their sides so that there is good airflow between the marshmallows, and they don’t get stuck together.
- After every 15 to 20 minutes, toss the marshmallows.
- When the marshmallows are dry, take them out of the oven and place them somewhere to cool down to room temperature.
This method requires some more work than using a dehydrator for your marshmallows. Make sure that you have a few hours set aside in your day to stay by the oven and make sure that the marshmallows don’t burn.
Air drying marshmallows
While this option will not result in fluffy dehydrated marshmallows, it will still work. The instructions are very simple, and it does not require attention like the other methods. What id does require is time, a lot of time. I would not use this method to dehydrate marshmallows, but as an option, here´s how to dot it.
- Place marshmallows in an open bag. This can be the same bag that they came in, just with it cut open. If you don’t want to dehydrate all of the marshmallows, put a smaller amount in a regular plastic bag.
- Leave them in a cool, dark, and dry place like a pantry.
- This will take several months. Within three months, they will be a little dry and gummy in texture. If you wait longer, they will be completely dehydrated.
Since these marshmallows will not be as soft and fluffy as ones dehydrated in an oven or in a dehydrator, they would be great in a hot drink. You can still eat these plain, or use them in the same way you would use marshmallows dehydrated in heat, but they will not be the same thing.
Making Marshmallow Powder
You probably haven’t heard of marshmallow powder before, but it’s a great substitute for sugar if you want a different flavor!
- Dehydrate marshmallows in a dehydrator or an oven.
- Put them in a blender and use the pulse setting to blend them until they are a powder.
After you have made marshmallow powder, you can use it in the place of any sweetener. Try adding it to hot chocolate, coffee, or tea. You can also use it in baking recipes as an alternative to sugar if you want to change up the flavor of the original recipe.