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.
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.
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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.
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.