DIY Dried Fruit

DIY Dried Fruit


– [Announcer] Dried fruit
is a delicious and healthful addition to so many dishes. Even without a dehydrator,
it is remarkably simple to dry fruit in your
own oven for a perfect, healthful snack or topping
for days and weeks to come. Space the cooking racks evenly apart and preheat your oven to
200 degrees Fahrenheit. If your oven allows it,
140 to 160 degrees is best, but 200 will work. Consider opening the oven door a crack at the higher temperature. To prep your fruit,
it’s important to select ripe or just overly
ripe fruit and berries. Wash in cold water, remove
the pits and stones, and remove any stems. Cut and slice the fruit evenly,
so they will dry evenly. Particular fruits, like
peaches, mangoes, and apples dry better if the skin has been removed. To keep your dried fruit attractive, and reduce discoloration, soak it in lemon juice and
water for about 10 minutes, then drain and blot dry. Cover a few baking sheets
with parchment paper and spread your fruit
evenly in a single layer. Different thicknesses of fruit
have varied cooking times. Thinly sliced apples take
less than two hours to dry, while thicker cuts, like
peaches and apricots, take longer. Keep your slices relatively thin, and flip your fruit
every 30 minutes or so. When it’s ready, remove the
dried fruit from the oven and place in a glass or
plastic container to cure. Leave the container open
for four to five days so that any moisture left
from the drying process can evaporate. Give the containers a shake once a day to move the fruit around. After five days, seal,
store, and enjoy it well. There you have it. Preservative free, but tasting like candy, and perfect on granola, pancakes, or just straight
from your hand to your mouth. (upbeat music)