How to Make Dried Fruit (Using Your Oven)
Most of the people that make their own dehydrated fruit are using a food dehydrator, but did you know that you can do it in your oven as well? Yes, you heard us right, you can have delicious dehydrated fruits without having to buy an expensive machine to do it!
Prep Your Fruit
Choose a just over-ripe or ripe berry or fruit .
Wash it with cold water.
Remove all blemishes or spots .
Remove any stems.
Remove any pits.
Evenly cut and slice the fruit, to ensure that they dry in the same time frame.
It is not necessary, but you can remove the skins.
Some fruits such as apples, peaches and nectarines dry better if you remove the skin first..
To minimize discoloration, and to keep the fruit visually appealing, soak the fruit in water and lemon juice for 10 minutes. Blot and drain using a lint-free towel.
To the oven
Preheat the oven to 130-160F; using a lower temperature for thins sliced fruits like peaches or apples. Strawberries and other whole berries must be dehydrated on a hotter temperature.
Onto sheet pans, place the parchment paper and arrange the fruit in a single layer, but do not allow anything to touch. Top with a silicone pan liner or a pizza screen to keep them from curling as they dry. Place the fruit into an oven and rotate every two hours.
General Cooking Times
Peaches 6 hours
Pears 6 hours
Plums 6 hours
Bananas 6 hours
Apples 6 hours
Citrus Peel 8-10 hours
Grapes 8-10 hours
Cherries 12 hours
Strawberries 12 hours
Apricots 12 hours
Remove the fruit from the oven when it’s ready and place the fruit into a plastic or glass container to “cure.” Leave the container open for 4-5 days so that any moisture left from the drying process can evaporate. At least once a day shake the container to move the fruit around.