Canned. Check. Fresh. Check. Frozen. Check. Dried…
I heart dried fruit.
I don’t heart dried fruit with additives and preservatives. Store bought fruit leather and dried fruit is over processed and over priced!
With some help from fitsugar.com, heres how to make healthy homemade dried fruit, without a fruit dehydrator. It’s easier than yah think!
- Cheese Cloth
- 1 Lemon
- 1/2 C Wate
- Fruit of your choice
1. Remove racks from oven and preheat to 125 degrees.
2. Place the cheese cloth on top of the racks.
To ensure that the fruit doesn’t slip through the cracks, I secured the cheese cloth down by using a needle and thread.
3. Prep fruit by washing and cutting into unified pieces. Smaller fruits such as grapes can be cut and half and the larger ones should be thinly sliced. *I made the mistake of not cutting my apples and pears thin enough. The thinner the slice, the faster it dries out!
4. Mix the juice from a lemon and a 1/2 cup of water together and dip each piece of fruit into the mixture. This will help preserve the natural color of the fruit.
5. Place your fruit onto the the racks and then place the racks into the oven. Keep the oven door slightly ajar so that the steam is able to escape while drying out the fruit.
6. Bake fruit anywhere from 4 to 12 hours. I baked mine for around 8 hours. The nanners and grapes turned leathery before the apples and pears because they were more thinly sliced. It’s best to rotate your racks every hour/hour and a half so that the fruit dries evenly.
8. You know your fruit is done baking when it looks a bit wrinkly and leathery. Give it a taste; it should be like leather!
7. Store your dried fruit in an air tight container in a dark, cool place.
Facts about at-home food dehydration
- Vitamin A is retained during the drying process.
- Some vitamin C is lost during the drying process because it is an air soluble nutrient and food drying is an air-based process. When food is sliced and its cells are cut, the surfaces that are exposed to air lose some Vitamin C content.
- The caloric value of fresh food stays the same when it is dried,
- Dried fruit tastes sweeter after dehydration because the water has been removed and the sugar is concentrated.
- Minerals, Fiber and Carbohydrate content is not affected by drying
-Dried fruit stays good for up to a year or longer if stored properly.
**Information from www.drystore.com
Do you like your fruit frozen, fresh, or dried best??