How to Dehydrate Marshmallows in an Air Fryer (Steps Made Easy!)
Can you dehydrate marshmallows in an air fryer?
Yes. You can dehydrate marshmallows using an air fryer. Simply pick out your marshmallows, place them evenly and separately on the tray, and set your air fryer to dehydrate at 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 10 hours with small marshmallows or 8 to 20 hours for larger marshmallows. When you’re done, the dehydrated marshmallows should come out dry and hardened. Applying enough pressure to it will cause it to crumble into a powder.
How to make dehydrated marshmallows in an air fryer
Step 1: Buy and open a bag of marshmallows
You can really go to any grocery store and grab a bag of marshmallows off the shelves. Marshmallows are usually located where all the pie making supplies are. You might want to look for the word “baking” in one of the Isles of somewhere.
Can the marshmallows be any shape or size? Yes, you can use any size or shape of marshmallow you wish. A lot of people have to agree that this method of dehydrating marshmallows works on creepy crawlies like peeps, Lucky Charms marshmallows, star-shaped marshmallows, and more.
Step 2: Cut your marshmallows into the desired size or let them be
Now, after opening your bag of marshmallows, you have two options. You can either cut them down to smaller sizes or you can leave them be. Either way you choose, it will likely affect the amount of time it needs to be dehydrated.
I recommend that for larger marshmallows that are the size of about 1 inch cubes, they should be left in the air fryer on dehydrate for at least 8 to 20 hours. Now, if you decide to cut those 1 inch cubes in half or smaller, you are probably looking at anywhere between 5 and 10 hours of dehydration.
Step 3: Organize and arrange your marshmallows neatly on a tray
It’s important to understand how an air fryer works and that it uses hot air that is circulated throughout the chamber. It is important that you keep your marshmallows spread out evenly apart from each other without touching each other. Also, don’t stack them on top of each other either. The point of the game is just to make sure they all have their little individual spaces to themselves.
Any contact that they make with each other is going to give them time to get around it, so you may see unexpected results from dehydrating marshmallows in your air fryer.
Step 4: Set your air fryer to 150 degrees Fahrenheit for 5 to 10 hours for small cuts and 8 to 20 hours for large marshmallows
Dehydrating is the process of setting the temperature to a level that actually causes the water itself to escape the source. And this requires a very low-grade temperature. It also requires a lot of patience and time.
Small marshmallows may take somewhere in between 5 to 10 hours to fully dehydrate, while larger marshmallows that are about the size of 1 inch cubes should take about 8 to 24 hours to complete.
Step 5: Let it cool to room temperature
It’s important to let your dehydrated marshmallows cool down to room temperature before you interact with them any further. If you’re not careful, you may either unintentionally burn yourself or accidentally crush the marshmallows.
Step 6: Store your dehydrated marshmallow in an airtight container
I recommend that you store these dehydrated marshmallows in an airtight jar with a tight lid. This will keep the moisture in the air from getting into the marshmallows and rehydrating them. It will also help keep your dehydrated marshmallows from going bad, allowing them to last even longer.
You can use a vacuum-sealed bag if you have it. However, I found that a regular glass jar with a lid would do just fine.
Dried marshmallows should last about six months as long as you leave them at room temperature and away from direct sunlight.
How do you know when the marshmallows are done?
If you want to test to see if your marshmallows are completely dehydrated, then you can use the crumble method.
Start off by letting your marshmallows sit and cool for about an hour.
Then, simply place one of your marshmallows on the palm of your hand and close your hand into a fist. If the marshmallows end up shattering and completely getting crushed into dust, then congratulations. You’ve successfully and fully dehydrated a marshmallow.
However, if you end up seeing or feeling little bits of stickiness or rubbery texture in the pieces and the chunks formed after crushing them, then there’s a little bit of water and moisture still left inside your marshmallows and likely every marshmallow in the tray.
Keep in mind that the amount of time you need to keep your marshmallows in your air fryer to dehydrate strongly depends on the size that you cut them into. If it is cut into small pieces, about 1/3 inch cubes, then you need to leave it in there for about 5 to 10 hours. If these are larger mushrooms, like about 1 inch cubes, then you may have to leave them in there for 8 to 20 hours.
Tips for dehydrating marshmallows
- Keep the marshmallows away from each other when dehydrating.
- Let the marshmallow cool down to room temperature. This usually takes several hours.
- Marshmallows don’t shrink when they are dehydrated. They actually look the same after dehydrating.
- Larger marshmallows take a much longer time to dry.
- To test to see if your marshmallows are done dehydrating, place one in the palm of your hand and crush it. Crushing it in your palm will save you from having to clean up the mess.
How long does it take to dehydrate marshmallows?
The length of time it takes to dehydrate marshmallows in an air fryer really depends on the size of that particular marshmallow. A marshmallow that is about one third of an inch cube should take roughly 5 to 10 hours to fully dehydrate. If your mushrooms are about the size of one-inch cubes, then it will probably take closer to 8 to 20 hours to completely dehydrate.
Why not make dehydrated marshmallows? What can you use it for?
Dried marshmallows have a different texture and taste when compared to regular old-fashioned marshmallows. The most popular reason for dehydrating your marshmallows is that you can toss them into a cup of hot cocoa and they will almost immediately dissolve into the hot liquid. If you do that with regular marshmallows, they will take quite a bit of time to dissolve, and sometimes they might not fully dissolve if your cocoa is not hot enough.
You can drizzle these dried marshmallows on top of almost any dessert you can think of. You can also put them inside of chocolate bombs. These are giant chocolate spears that you can make at home, and you can put anything inside of them. All you have to do is place the entire sphere into hot milk or chocolate milk and it will dissolve and reveal all the tasty surprises inside.
How do you preserve dehydrated marshmallows?
Air-dried marshmallows are best stored in an airtight container. An air-dried marshmallow can last up to six months if stored properly. To ensure marshmallows remain in the freshest possible state, use a vacuum-sealed container. Additionally, be sure to store them at room temperature and ensure no moisture is present inside the package.
How do you make dried marshmallow powder?
Dehydration is the first step in the production of dried marshmallow powder. You will be required to have a dehydrator available in order to accomplish this.
- Set the temperature of the dehydrator to 150 degrees. Next, arrange the marshmallows in an even, single layer on the rack of the dehydrator.
- Allow the marshmallows to sit for two to four hours to dehydrate. (Larger marshmallows might take three to five hours).
- Once they are completely void of all moisture, place them into a blender and blend until they form the desired consistency of power.
- Continue blending until all the marshmallows are ground up.
- Store the finished product in an airtight container.
There are a variety of uses for dried marshmallow powder. Some of these uses include:
- A delicious addition to hot cocoa.
- sweetener for tea or coffee.
- sprinkled on crispy rice treats.
- An alternative to sugar on cereal.
- Combine with whipping cream as a dip for fresh fruit.
How do you rehydrate marshmallows?
You can rehydrate the dehydrated marshmallow powder by following these steps. First, pour your dehydrated marshmallow powder into a Ziplock bag and seal it completely so no air gets inside. (By ensuring an airtight seal, you avert water from getting inside and melting the marshmallow). Now place the bag in a cup of hot water for approximately one minute. The bag will float. Use a spoon to gently push the bag down and ensure the marshmallows are below the waterline.
Tip: An alternate method of rehydrating and softening the marshmallow is to place it inside a microwave oven. Heat for a couple of seconds to avert it from becoming a mess of gooey stickiness. (Set a cup of water beside the marshmallow in the microwave. This will add moisture and assist in the rehydration process.
What does dehydrating do to marshmallows?
The process of dehydrating a marshmallow is actually the removal of all the moisture contained within it. Other foods when dehydrated tend to shrivel up, yet marshmallows puff up and expand, actually retaining their original size.
Is it OK to refrigerate or freeze marshmallows?
It is not advisable to refrigerate or freeze dehydrated marshmallows. Rather, store it in a sealed, airtight container at room temperature. The process of refrigeration or freezing adds moisture to marshmallows. When defrosted or returned to room temperature, you will have a gooey mess. Only freeze or refrigerate dehydrated marshmallows if your home’s temperature goes above 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
What does a dehydrated marshmallow taste like?
The taste of dehydrated marshmallows can be compared to that of a standard marshmallow (prior to dehydrating). If you have ever eaten certain sugary cereals, such as Lucky Charms, you have tasted dehydrated marshmallows. Dehydrated marshmallows are hard and crispy in comparison to the softness of a marshmallow prior to dehydration.
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