Your Dehydrating Fruit Headquarters!

When dehydrating fruit, we show our top 14 choices, below.

Click an image and read all about that individual fruit and how to dehydrate it properly.

dehydrating apples
dehydrating apricots
dehydrating bananas
dehydrating berries
dehydrating cherries
dehydrating fruit rolls or 'roll ups'
dehydrating grapes
dehydrating citrus
dehydrating melons
dehydrating peaches
dehydrating pears
dehydrating plums
dehydrating rhubarb
dehydrating strawberries
dehydrating apples
dehydrating apricots
dehydrating bananas
dehydrating berries
dehydrating cherries
dehydrating fruit rolls or 'roll ups'
dehydrating grapes
dehydrating citrus
dehydrating melons
dehydrating peaches
dehydrating pears
dehydrating plums
dehydrating rhubarb
dehydrating strawberries

When drying fruit, it is best done at the peak of the season when your favorite fruits are readily available... you'll save money too because they are plentiful. You can enjoy dried apples, oranges, and strawberries year-round too!

Dehydrated Grapes AKA Raisins

Why Dehydrate Fruit?

There are many reasons to dehydrate fruit:

  • Dehydrated fruit makes a healthy snack that you can take with you anywhere.
  • Dehydrating fruit preserves the nutritional value of the fruit better than canning or freezing.
  • You can control the amount of sugar added to your dried fruit when you make it yourself.




How Many Ways Can You Dehydrate Fruit?

You can dehydrate fruit using an oven, dehydrator, or the sun.

Dehydrating Fruit in the Oven

You can dry fruit in your oven, but it will take longer than using a dehydrator. The benefit to using your oven is that you probably already have one!

To dehydrate fruit in your oven:

  • Preheat oven to 140-160 degrees F.
  • Wash fruit and slice it into uniform pieces. If you are drying grapes, leave them whole.
  • Spread the fruit onto a silicone baking mat or use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Make sure that the pieces are not touching each other.
  • Bake in the oven for 6-8 hours, or until the fruit is dried to your desired consistency.
  • Let the fruit cool and then store in an airtight container.

Dehydrating Fruit in a Dehydrator

A dehydrator will speed up the process of drying fruit and will result in more consistent results. Dehydrators also usually come with trays that you can use to dry smaller items like herbs or spices.

To dehydrate fruit in a dehydrator:

  • Wash fruit and slice it into uniform pieces. If you are drying grapes, you can choose to leave them whole. If you cut in half using a sharp knife, place them 'cut-side up' in a single layer on your trays (prevents drips!) and they will dehydrate faster.
  • Spread the fruit onto the dehydrator trays.
  • Make sure that the pieces are not touching each other.

Dehydrate at 135 degrees F for 6-8 hours, or until the fruit is dried to your desired consistency.

Let the fruit cool and then store in an airtight container. NOTE: Check out our individual 'fruit' pages for their specific dehydrating instructions!

Dehydrating Fruit in the Sun

You can also fry fruit using the sun, but it will take longer than using a dehydrator or oven. The benefit to using the sun is that it doesn't require any extra equipment and it's free!

To dehydrate fruit using the sun:

  • Wash fruit and slice it into uniform pieces. If you are drying grapes, leave them whole.
  • Spread the fruit onto a silicone baking mat or use a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • Make sure that the pieces are not touching each other.
  • Place the baking sheet in a sunny spot and let the fruit dehydrate for 6-8 hours, or until it is dried to your desired consistency.
  • If it is not sunny enough, you can place the baking sheet in an oven set to its lowest temperature (usually around 170 degrees F) to speed up the process.
  • Let it cool and then store in an airtight container.

And keep an eye on the weather... and pesky insects!





Can You Dehydrate Frozen Fruit?

Yes, you can dehydrate frozen fruit! It doesn't matter if the fruit was fresh or frozen when you started the drying process.

See the individual fruit pages for how to dry fruit when you click on the fruit images coming up.

Which Are the Best to Dehydrate?

How Long do Dehydrated Fruits Last?

Dried fruits are a healthy and delicious snack for people of all ages. They can last anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks when stored in a refrigerator.

Dehydrating helps to preserve their nutrients and flavor, making them a great option for those who want to enjoy the taste of fresh fruit without the hassle of preparing it.

When dehydrating fruit, it is important to choose ripe and fresh produce. This will help to ensure that they retain their flavor and nutrition. Dehydrated fruits can be enjoyed on their own or added to other dishes. They are a great way to add flavor and nutrition to your diet.




Make a Fruit Leather

Try our fruit leather recipe! Also known as roll-ups or fruit rolls. A leather is a rolled-up, chewy, fruit-flavored snack that is popular with kids and adults alike.

fruit roll-ups on a plate

Are Dehydrated Fruits Healthy?

Dehydrated fruits are a healthy and nutritious option for people who are looking for a snack that is high in vitamins and minerals. They are also a good source of fiber, which helps to keep the digestive system functioning properly.

In addition, they are an excellent way to rehydrate the body after a workout or during periods of dehydration.

They provide the body with a slow release of energy, which helps to prevent blood sugar spikes and crashes. They are also low in calories and fat, making them ideal for people who are trying to lose weight on a calorie-counting diet.

Do You Have to Cook Fruit Before Dehydrating?

Some people believe that fruit needs to be cooked before it can be eaten. While cooking before dehydrating can help to preserve it for longer, it is not required.

It can be enjoyed as is, or used in a variety of recipes. For example, dehydrated strawberries can be added to cereal or yogurt, or used as a topping for cake or ice cream.

Dehydrated pineapple chunks make a great addition to trail mix, and dehydrated grapes can be enjoyed as a quick snack on their own.

So, whether you cook it or not, dehydrating fruit is a great way to enjoy its delicious flavor and nutrition benefits all year long!

assorted cut and whole fruits splashed with waterUsed by Permission / Camtasia 2022 License

Prep Now, Save Time Later!

Pick your goodies from your trees, or get them at your grocery store - either way, prep them as soon as you get them! This saves time and effort later on.

How Much Fruit Should I Buy To Fill 4 Dehydrator Trays?

Click here for a general guide on how much fruit to buy to fill 4 dehydrator trays.


watch this fun time-lapse video
of fruits and vegetables dehydrating!

What's The Ideal Temperature to Use for Dehydrating Fruit?

They are best dehydrated between 125°F and 135°F—any hotter than that may cause the skins can get crusty, i.e. 'hard.' This is known as 'case hardening', which prevents the inside of them from drying properly.

Don't be tempted to turn the food dehydrator on high to speed up the process!

Fresh lemons, limes, and oranges are simply washed and sliced and put on your food dehydrator with no further preparation necessary!

Fresh lemons, limes, and oranges are simply washed and sliced and put on your food dehydrator with no further preparation necessary!

An EASY Way To Loosen Frozen Fruit!

Before opening your bag of frozen fruit, throw it down onto your countertop (not too hard!) a few times to loosen any big pieces that may have frozen together in a clump! If you still have a few small clumps on your tray, run it under cold water for a few seconds and that will take care of it!

Bananas, apples, and strawberries need a generous spraying of lemon juice. Lemon juice is a totally acceptable substitute for ascorbic acid, which is used by professional dehydrating plants, and lemon juice works wonderfully!

Two reasons for spraying with lemon juice are to prevent them from darkening and to prevent bacterial growth during drying.

Dehydrated Fruit is Dry When...

... they don't stick together! Dehydrated fruits such as oranges, lemons, and limes get really dry, almost brittle. Place it in airtight bags, (such as Ziploc bags), and let them hang around your kitchen for a day or overnight.

This step is called 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. Remember, some fruits will remain naturally sticky, such as prunes, raisins, and dates.

Can You Feed Fruit to Your Pets?

Happy dog with family eating fruitUsed by Permission / Camtasia 2022 License

Pets are a common staple in many households and provide us with companionship, love, and laughs. When it comes to what we feed our furry friends, there are a lot of options on the market.

However, one question that many pet owners have is whether or not they can feed fruit to their pets. The answer is yes! While fruits are not a necessary part of a pet's diet, they can be a nutritious treat.

Just like with humans, moderation is key when feeding fruit to pets, as too much sugar can lead to weight gain and other health problems.

Did you know that dehydrated vegetables make for excellent dog meals because they contain all of the same nutrients as fresh fruits and vegetables but without all the water weight.

So go ahead and show your furry friend some love by giving them a tasty dehydrated treat!

How to Store Dehydrated Fruit

Dehydrated fruit can be stored in an airtight container at room temperature for up to 6 months. For longer storage, you can keep it in the fridge for up to a year or in the freezer for up to 2 years. Check our 'How to Store' page here.

Mason jars are great for storing. You can easily see what's in them!

Dehydrated fruit makes a delicious snack that you can enjoy all year round.

Are Dehydrated Fruits Keto Friendly?

Some folks say they're OK. I don't think they are. Why? Too many carbs. When we eat too many carbs while on a Keto diet, we may find ourselves 'out of Ketosis,' the state we need to be in to drop the weight. Read more about the Keto diet at Finally-Keto.com

Dehydrating Fruit for Backpacking

Dehydrating fruit is a great way to add snacks to your backpacking trip. Not only is it lightweight and easy to transport, but it also provides your body with essential nutrients and antioxidants. It's also a great way to add some extra sweetness to your meals.

To dehydrate fruit, simply slice the fruit thinly with a sharp knife, and spread it out on a dehydrator tray. Set the dehydrator to a low temperature and dehydrate it for 8-12 hours.

Once the fruit is dehydrated, it can be stored in an airtight container and will last for several months. Dehydrating fruit is a great way to make sure you have snacks on hand when you're out on the trail. Again, check our individual fruit pages for specifics.

Dried Pineapple Anyone?

In my podcast, I talk about dehydrating pineapple (episode 4). It's a yes and no fruit to me. It can get mushy due to its water content.


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