How to dry fruit

Wondering how to dehydrate fruit? Look no further! Here is all you need to know about how to dry fruit at home.

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Key steps to drying fruit

  • Prepare the fruit by washing and slicing before soaking the fruit in lemon juice and water.
  • Dry the fruit in the oven at around 130-160°F.
  • Cure fruit by leaving it uncovered in a container for 4-5 days.
  • Sun dry kamias on a bilao for 3-4 days.
  • Consume dry fruit within 10 months of preparing.

Whether it's dried mango, dates, raisins, or dried banana that tickles your pickle, learning to do it yourself is bound to come in handy. Forget expensive trips to the shop, learn how to dry fruit the right way with Cleanipedia:

Strawberries and other berries love high heat but use a lower oven temperature when drying fruits such as apples and peaches.

How to dehydrate fruit

When it comes to learning how to make raisins and other dried fruits all you need is to follow these simple steps:

Start by preparing your fruit

  1. Always use ripe fruit and berries.
  2. Wash them using cold water.
  3. Make sure you remove any pits, stones, stems and blemishes
  4. For certain fruits, you may also want to remove the skin. These include peaches, nectarines, mangoes and apples.
  5. Slice your fruits evenly. Making sure each piece is the same to ensure they dry at the same rate.
  6. Make a solution of lemon juice and water.
  7. Soak your fruit in the solution for around 10 minutes.
  8. Drain the fruit to remove the solution.
  9. Use a lint-free towel to blot the fruit dry.
  10. Preheat the oven to 130-160°F. Higher temperatures like these are loved by strawberries and other whole berries.
  11. Are you drying out thinly sliced fruits such as apple or peaches? You may need a lower temperature.
  12. Cover baking trays with parchment paper.
  13. Arrange your fruit on top of the parchment paper, ensure they are in a single layer and do not touch each other.
  14. Use a pizza screen or pan liner to prevent them from curling.
  15. Put your fruit into the oven.
  16. Rotate your trays every 2 hours.
  17. Place it in a glass or plastic container.
  18. Shake your container of fruit every day or so.
  19. After between 4-5 days uncovered all the moisture should have evaporated.
  20. Place a lid on the container after 5 days.
  21. Consume your dried fruit within 10 months.

Then soak your fruit to minimize discolouration

Next, learn how to dry fruit quick and easy with your oven

Finally, remove your fruit from the oven and cure it

How to sundry kamias: You don’t always need an oven to dry fruit!

While we’ve shown you how to dry fruit using an oven - and the method will see you through most fruit-drying projects, it's not the only option. Did you know kamias can be easily dried in the sun? Here’s how!

  1. Slice you kamias, four pieces work well!
  2. Lay out the individual pieces. We recommend using a bilao.
  3. Expose your slices to direct sunlight for between 3-4 days.
  4. Pop your dried kamias into a sterilised jar to store.

So, whether you’re fancy learning how to make dried mango, strawberries or other fruit, this guide has you covered! Now you can enjoy the fruits of your labor with these healthy sweet treats. Yum. If you want to learn how to store and keep fruit and vegetables, check out this article.

  • Fruits which need cooking for around 6 hours include plums, pears, peaches, bananas and apples.
  • Fruits which need cooking for between 8-10 hours include grapes and citrus peel.
  • Fruits which need cooking for around 12 hours include cherries, strawberries and apricots.
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