How Much Fruit Should I Buy?
This is what you need to buy to fill Four full dehydrator trays
Deciding how much fruit it takes to
fill four full trays depends on what size dehydrator you have.
We created this guide to help make that decision easier for you. It helps to have a rough idea how much fruit to purchase at the store!
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An Easy Guide for Fruit
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.
About Dehydrator Non-Stick Sheets
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.
Guide to How Much Fruit
Fills FOUR Trays
- 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;
- 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
Nesco and Excalibur Brands
Are Super Dehydrators
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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