Dried Persimmons

Dehydrating Fruit Guidelines for 2020

Dehydrating Fruit can take some practice and just like anything that is made in the kitchen, expect a variance in the time needed to dry different fruits. Fruit drying times are affected by the size of the load, the fruit thickness and the moisture content within the food itself. The fruit dehydrating guidelines below will give you a good start for how to dry your fruit. For more accurate fruit drying times, make sure to keep records of your own experiences. Dried Apples

Dried Apples

  • How to dehydrate apples
    • Preparation: Peel, core and cut into 1/4″ slices or rings. Also, sprinkle with cinnamon if desired for added sweetness.
    • Average Drying time: There are many varieties of apples, therefore can take between 6 to 10 hours to dry depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried apples can be used in a variety of dishes, including:
      • Applesauce
      • Apple Pies
      • Cobblers
      • Rings
      • Snacks
      • Breads; and
      • Cookies
Dried Apricots

Dried Apricots

  • How to dehydrate apricots
    • Preparation: Wash the apricot then cut it in half, remove the pit from inside and cut the apricot into 1/4″ slices.
    • Average Drying time: There is a big range when drying apricots, 10 to 20 hours depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried apricots taste delicious in desserts, muesli, meat dishes, pies, and sauces.
    • For more information on dried apricots, including the nutrition information, click here!
Dried Banana Chips

Dried Banana Chips

  • How to dehydrate banana chips
    • Preparation: Peel the banana and cut it into 3/8″ slices. If you would like to take it a different route, you can split them lengthwise (Obviously this won’t change the taste of the dried bananas.)
    • Average Drying time: Drying bananas can take on average 6 to 10 hours depending on the dehydrator used.
    • Uses: Dried banana chips are a great and healthy snack for adults or children. They can also be used in cookies or banana bread.
Dried Blueberries

Dried Blueberries

  • How to dehydrate blueberries
    • Preparation: Wash and remove the blueberry stems, then dip them in water until the skins crack before placing them into the dehydrator.
    • Average Drying time: 10 to 18 hours depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried blueberries taste best when added to baked goods. Similarly, they can be added to ice cream and yogurt. They are also a great snack on their own.
Canned Fruit

Canned Fruit

  • How to dehydrate canned fruit
    • Preparation: If you enjoy canned fruit, give drying a go. Drain the canned fruit and place on the food dehydrators mesh screen.
    • Average Drying time: 6 to 12 hours depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Canned fruit once dried, can be used as a healthy snack, or added to granola.
Dried Cherries

Dried Cherries

  • How to dehydrate cherries
    • Preparation: Wash the cherries thoroughly then remove the stems and pit. Cut the cherries in half and place them skin side down on the dehydrator tray. Dried cherries should be leathery and sticky once dried.
    • Average Drying time: Cherries take 15 to 20 hours to dry depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried cherries can be used in breads baked goods and snacks.
    • Want to learn more about dried cherries? There are many benefits to eating the, for more information, click here!
Dried Lime

Citrus Fruits

  • How to dehydrate lemons or limes
    • Preparation: Peel the citrus fruit (most common are lemons or limes) and slice it 3/8″ thick before placing in the dehydrator.
    • Average Drying time: From as little as 6 hours, up to 12 hours depending on the food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Citrus Fruits are best used when they are powered down and added to meals as extra flavorings including citrus sugar or citrus salt.
Dried Cranberries

Dried Cranberries

  • How to dehydrate cranberries
    • Preparation: Wash and remove the cranberry stems. Dip the cranberries in boiling water until the skins crack. Lastly, put them into the dehydrator.
    • Average Drying time: 10 to 15 hours depending on the dehydrator.
    • Uses: Just like most dried fruits, dried cranberries can be used in breads, ice cream, baked goods and yogurt.
    • For more information on dried cranberries, including the health benefits, click here!
Dried Coconut

Dried Coconuts

  • How to dehydrate coconuts
    • Preparation: Remove the hard dark outer coconut skin and drain the water out from inside the coconut. Once drained, slice the coconut into 3/8″ thick slices.
    • Average Drying time: Between 3 and 8 hours.
    • Uses: Dried coconut tastes best when sprinkled on ice cream and used in combination with granola. They are a healthy alternative as they have a very high nutritional value.
Dried Figs

Dried Figs

  • How to dehydrate figs
    • Preparation: This is a very simple preparation. Firstly, cut out the blemishes on the figs, then remove the stems and half prior to placing on the food dehydrator skin side down.
    • Average Drying time: 12 to 20 hours depending on food dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried figs can be used in:
      • cakes
      • puddings
      • breads and
      • cookies
    • For more information on dried figs, including how figs are made, click here!
Dried Grapes

Dried Grapes

  • How to dehydrate grapes
    • Preparation: Wash grapes and remove the stems. Place them in the dehydrator skin side down. (A quick tip, blanching will reduce your drying time by 50%).
    • Average Drying time: If you use grapes that are around the same size it will take somewhere in the range of 10 to 20 hours depending on dehydrator.
    • Uses: When dried, grapes turn into raisins which can be used in cereals and baked goods.
dried kiwi

Dried Kiwi

  • How to dehydrate kiwi
    • Preparation: Peel the kiwi and slice between 3/8″ and 1/2″ thick. Kiwis are very juicy so be prepared to clean the dehydrator after use. A great food dehydrator for this would be a Presto 06302 because when purchased, comes with non stick mesh screens.
    • Average Drying time: 5 to 12 hours depending on the food dehydrator and how thick the kiwi is sliced.
    • Uses: Cut the dried kiwi up into small chunks and they are great as a healthy snack.
Dried Mango

Dried Mangoes

  • How to dehydrate Mangoes
    • Preparation: Remove the skin from the mango and slice it approximately 3/8″ thick from the seed.
    • Average Drying time: 6 to 16 hours.
    • Uses: Dried mangoes can be used in a wide array of cereals and baked goods including:
      • Biscuits
      • Bagels
      • Bread
      • Muffins
      • Cookies
    • To learn more about dried mangoes, including the health benefits and calories, click here!
Dried Peaches

Dried Peaches

  • How to dehydrate peaches
    • Preparation: Peel if you choose and then cut them in halves or quarters. Subsequently, if you cut the peaches into halves, they will take longer to dry.
    • Average Drying time: 6 to 16 hours depending on the dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried peaches are best combined with granola but can also be used in a lot of the same foods as other dried fruits, including  snacks, breads, cobblers and cookies.
Dried Persimmons

Dried Persimmons

  • How to dehydrate persimmons
    • Preparation: Wash the persimmon then remove the cap and peel. Once you have finished peeling the persimmon, cut into 1/4″ slices for best results when drying.
    • Average Drying time: 11 to 19 hours depending on dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried persimmons are a great snack on their own however, can be used in a wide variety of Japanese dishes.
Dried Pineapple

Dried Pineapple

  • How to dehydrate pineapple
    • Preparation: Peel and core the pineapple and cut into 3/8” to 1/2″ thick slices as seen in the picture.
    • Average Drying time: 10 to 14 hours depending on dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried pineapple slices are quite sweet, they are a great snack on their own or added to baked granola for a little added touch.
Dried Plums

Dried Plums or Prunes

  • How to dehydrate plumes
    • Preparation: Cut the plums into halves or quarters and remove the pit in the middle. A little tip for when drying plums, pop the back of the plum to expose more surface to the air.
    • Average Drying time: Prunes can take a minimum of 8 and upto 16 hours to dry, based on where they are placed in the dehydrator and at what temperature.
    • Uses: Dried plums or prunes can be added to muffins or cookies.
Dried Strawberry

Dried Strawberries

  • How to dehydrate strawberries
    • Preparation: Wash the strawberries and cut in half. Place the cut side up in the dehydrator.
    • Average Drying time: 7 to 12 hours depending on the dehydrator.
    • Uses: Dried strawberries can be added to cereals and eaten as snacks. Above all, they are delicious as a healthy chip alternative.
These guidelines for dehydrating fruit should help you get started if you are unsure how to proceed. There are number of advantages to eating fruit prepared this way, including how long they last compared to fresh fruit along with having a variety of nutritious benefits. Another benefit of dehydrating fruit or any other food is the experimentation of what you want to dry and how you want to prepare it. If you have any more questions about this, feel free to email [email protected] and we will be happy to help you.

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