09/18/2013 09:21 am ET

Dehydrator Recipes: Put This Kitchen Appliance To Use (PHOTOS)

For those of us who have given into the temptation and purchased our very own dehydrator (and trust us, it's worth it), it can be a little hard to branch out of just making dried fruit. And we understand why -- after all, dried fruit is packed with flavor, fun to snack on, and conveniently non-perishable.

We're guessing that dried fruit alone is not giving your dehydrator nearly enough face time, and it's likely this kitchen appliance has spent more time in the cabinet than actually being used. But a dehydrator is a crucial tool for many of our other favorite snacks -- especially when it comes to making dried tomatoes, raw foods, and vegetable chips. In honor of this underrated (and often neglected) appliance, we've put together 12 recipes that are sure to earn your dehydrator residency on your countertops.

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Dehydrator Recipes