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How to Prepare Dried Fruits


Step 1

Choose ripe, fresh fruits to dry. Pick over damaged or soft fruits for composting. Wash and dry the fruit.

Step 2

Mix 2 cups of lemon juice with 2 cups of cold water in a deep bowl. Slice the fruit in same-size pieces into the mixture. Soak the fruit slices for at least 10 minutes.

Step 3

Remove the fruit slices from the mixture with a slotted spoon. Place them in a single layer on a paper towel to wick off excess moisture.

Step 4

Spread out the fruit slices evenly in a single layer on a dehydrator screen. Set the fruit dehydrator to 140 degrees, and activate it.

Step 5

Remove the dehydrator cover every four to six hours to turn the slices with a pair of tongs. Resume drying until fruit is leathery, and there is no sign of moisture. Drying times vary by moisture content and slice sizes.

Step 6

Turn off the dehydrator heat when fruit appears brown and dry. Leave the fruit in the warm dryer for 30 minutes to finish drying without getting scorched.

Step 7

Store dried fruits in an airtight container in a dry place. Label, and consume within one year.

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