Dehydrating Fruit Headquarters!
Dehydrating fruit is best done at the peak of season when
your favorite fruits are readily available ... you'll save money too.
You can have dried apples, oranges, and strawberries available TO YOU
Don't forget you can dehydrate FROZEN fruit too! See the individual fruits for applicable information.
Below the links: There's more important information on how much fruit fills four
dehydrator trays; the ideal temperature settings to use while
dehydrating your fruits; fruit preparation; and how do I know when the
fruit is done?
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Yes, Yummy healthy snacks ... and dare I mention great baked apple pies!! So make a quick trip to your
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Dehydrated apples, bananas, and strawberries can be in your
family's backpacks, lunch bags – and your pantry. Create tasty fruit
rolls – it's nature's own candy – and your kids will love them! Adults too!
How Much Fruit Should I Buy
To Fill 4 Dehydrator Trays?
Click the link for a general guide
on how much fruit to buy to
fill 4 dehydrator trays.
What's The Ideal Temperature
to Use for Dehydrating Fruit?
Fruits are best dehydrated between 125°F and 135°F – any hotter than
that may cause the skins of certain fruits to get crusty i.e. 'hard' –
this is known as 'case hardening' which prevents the inside of the fruit
from drying properly. Don't be tempted to turn the food dehydrator on
high to speed up the process!
Fresh lemons, limes, and oranges can be washed and sliced and
put on your food dehydrator with no further preparation necessary!
See the dehydrating fruit clickable pictures at the top of this page for each specific fruit.
All frozen fruits can be placed on your dehydrator trays with no further preparation – how easy is that?
Before opening your bag of frozen fruit, throw it down onto your
counter top (not too hard!) a few times to loosen any fruit that may
have frozen together in a clump! If you still have a few small clumps
on your dehydrator tray, run it under cold water for a few seconds and
that will take care of it!
Certain fruits like bananas, apples, and strawberries, need to
have a generous spraying of lemon juice. Lemon juice is a totally
acceptable substitute for ascorbic acid which is used by professional
dehydrating plants, and the lemon juice works wonderfully! Two reasons
for spraying with lemon juice is to prevent the fruits from darkening
and to prevent bacterial growth during drying.
Dehydrated Fruit is Dry When ...
is Dry When ...
... the pieces of fruit don't stick together! Dehydrated fruits such as oranges,
lemons, and limes get really dry, almost brittle. Place the fruit in
airtight bags, (such as Ziploc bags), and let them hang around your
kitchen for a day or overnight.
This step is known as conditioning
and enables the air and any moisture in the bag to distribute
evenly – so that the dehydrated fruit will be ready for vacuum sealing!
Bear in mind, that some fruits will remain naturally sticky such as
prunes, raisins, and dates.
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