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Dried fruit is yummy and nutritious. Make some today.
- Wash fruit and cut into thin slices.
- Lay fruit on a parchment covered cooking sheet. Fruit slices should not touch each other.
- Place tray of fruit in oven. Turn oven on very low setting (150-200 degrees). You only want to dry the fruit, not to cook it. The drying process will take several hours; do not try to increase heat to speed up drying process.
- Remove from oven when fruit is sufficiently dehydrated. Fruit should be chewy, not crunchy or squishy.
- Sliced fruit can also be threaded on a clean cotton string and hung to dry in the sun. Knot thread between slices to keep slices separate. Tie fruit-filled thread horizontally between two upright posts or other convenient objects.
- Commercial dehydrators are also available to purchase. Most will include simple instructions.
- Before drying sliced apples or or pears, soak them in acidic juice such as pineapple or lemon to keep the fruit from turning brown as it dries.
- Peel and core the fruit (primarily apples) into chains. Hang them outside with a string through the core center. Let mother nature dry the fruit for a week or two.
- Fruit hung to dry may need protection from insects or other contaminants.
Things You'll Need
- Firm fruit
- Knife or slicer
- Cooking Sheet
- Baker's parchment
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