Farm-Fresh Food: Your Own Dried Fruit

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One of the things we like to do with the bounty of summer and fall fruits is dry them. Next month we?ll be talking about how to stock up on fall fruits at the farmers market, but this month wanted to show how simple it is to dry your own stonefruit.

Working with clean, ripe fruit, such as apricots, nectarines, or plums, cut each piece in half and remove the pits. Then cut fruit into smaller pieces if large. If working with halved fruit, press the skin toward the cut side to make an inverted cup shape, thus exposing as much of the flesh to the air as possible.

Lay the fruit cut side up on the trays of a dehydrator, or on cookie sheets lined with parchment paper. Leave room around the pieces to promote air circulation. Set the dehydrator or oven to 135 degrees and allow the fruit to dehydrate for 7-14 hours, depending on the size of pieces, humidity, and juiciness of the fruit. Rotate the trays for even doneness. Test periodically for doneness: you are looking for fruit that is neither juicy nor crispy, but is pliable and chewy. Some pieces will be done before others; feel free to remove those and let the others continue to dehydrate until all are finished.

Store in a glass jar with a tight lid.

By: | Jul 24, 2013 05:32 AM | Permalink
hi, i would like to share an idea.... this summer has been so hot that i decided to put it to good use... i don't have a dehydrator so i have been using the heat in my car to make kale chips and dried apples and to make raisins from grapes...the back window of my car will fit 3 cookie sheets... if i leave the windows down slightly there is enough air current to dry everything evenly....i am waiting for tomato harvest to try sun-dried tomatoes!

By: | Jul 24, 2013 01:27 AM | Permalink
Can you recommend a dehydrator please. Thank you Janet

By: | Jul 23, 2013 07:58 PM | Permalink
I have never dehydrated anything before so this article peaked my interest. But for this desert dweller [in summer] it is a bit much to attempt to dry our seasonal fruit for 7-14 hrs in the oven - even at the low 135 degrees! So, it looks like a Dehydrator is now on my Wish List.

Would have appreciated knowing how long one can safely store dehydrated fruit in glass jars?... but otherwise, enjoyed the article and the inspiration. Thank you, Xenia

Karen Lauchlan says:    (Jul 23, 2013 12:00 AM)

I started drying various foods, including fresh fruit a few years ago. I prefer to store in mason jars, although recently came across ziploc bags of dried banana slices and dried strawberries. We used the ziplocs for packing picnics & hiking foods. Both of these, 2 years on are still in remarkably great condition. They have been kept refrigerated through that time, all but for one week in a cooler month, when we moved states. We are still eating these! I am about to purchase a foodsaver and try vacuum-packing the jars too, for even better nutrient retention.

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