How Much Fruit
To Fill Four Full Dehydrator Trays?

sliced green grapes on Nesco dehydrator

An Easy Guide for Fruit

Deciding how much fruit it takes to fill four full trays depends on what size dehydrator you have, so we created this guide. It does help to have a rough idea as to how much fruit to purchase at the store!

This helps if you cannot afford to buy in bulk, and can only buy fruit on a weekly basis. May be time to start growing your own, you say? :-)

Most of us do not have tons of spare room in our fridges and freezers.

Before you go out buying too much, here's a handy guide that shows how much fruit will fit on four dehydrator trays.

Please remember this is just a guide. It's not an exact science...

The reason why I picked how much fruit does it take to fill four full trays is this: FOUR trays is the Nesco Dehydrator brand's recommended minimum tray usage.

If you use any less than four full trays, for instance, only two trays, then you are not getting the proper air circulation necessary to dry your fruits properly.

Read more about Nesco dehydrators here. They have plenty of great accessories, such as spare trays (I purchased the four-tray starter Nesco); non-stick sheets which are great for making fruit leathers. The non-stick sheets are also great for stopping smaller pieces of food from dropping down into the tray below. When food dries, shrinkage occurs.

Excalibur dehydrators also have the non-stick sheets for the same purpose as Nesco.


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Here is a Guide to How Much Fruit

  • Apples: fresh, 3-4 medium
  • Apricots: fresh, 5 whole per tray (20 total); frozen, 2lb bag
  • Bananas: fresh, 6-8 medium to large
  • Berries: fresh or frozen, 2lb
  • Cherries: fresh or frozen, 2lb
  • Grapes: fresh, 1lb if cut in half; 2lb if left whole
  • Citrus: 4-5 medium oranges,
    7-8 lemons or limes
  • Melon: 2lbs diced
  • Peaches: fresh, 4 whole if slicing; 16 whole if halving – but please note: you may have to use an Excalibur machine which has the ability to remove alternate trays to allow for the height of the peach, so that would drop the quantity down to 8 and two trays; frozen, 2lb
  • Pears: fresh, 4-6 whole pears; frozen, 2lb
  • Plums: fresh, 24-28 whole, sliced in half – but please note: you may have to use an Excalibur machine which has the ability to remove alternate trays to allow for the height of the plums, so that would drop the quantity down to 12-14 and two trays; frozen, 2lb
  • Rhubarb: fresh, 2lbs sliced into 1" chunks
  • Strawberries: fresh, 1-1/2 to 2lbs; frozen, 2lbs


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As mentioned in the dehydrator section, I do have an Excalibur dehydrator and a Nesco dehydrator.
I use the Nesco on a daily/weekly basis, and the Excalibur is great for proofing bread!


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