My little one loves dried apple, but the grocery bill was sending me broke! At $5 a pop for a small 500g bag of dried apple! Drying cabinets take up too much space and I couldn’t get my head around spending a few hundred dollars on a dehydrator.
I experimented over the weekend using low temperature in my fan forced oven using just a baking tray, baking paper and a rolled up tea towel and it worked! A true
Please read on for ‘How To Make Dried Fruit in the Oven’ full tutorial with a handy drying times info-graph at the end of the post, feel free to share on Pinterest!
Preheat oven to 50 – 70 degrees celsius (130-160 degrees fahrenheiht)
Step 1 – Food Prep
Wash and dice or slice your chosen fruit. Remove any blemishes/stems. De-core stone fruit.
Step 2 – Peel
Some fruits like peaches, nectarines and apples dry better peeled. I didn’t peel these apples but I will next time as I think they will look prettier.
Step 3 – Boil
Step 4 – Soak
To avoid discolouration soak fruit in fresh lemon juice and water for 30min, drain and dry. Again, I didn’t do this step for these apples in the picture and you can see that they did brown. If this doesn’t bother you, you can leave out this step.
Step 5 – Dry
Lay prepped fruit on a baking tray lined with baking paper ensuring no pieces are touching. Place in the oven at it’s lowest setting and check every two hours. To ensure I had good air circulation and the oven didn’t get too hot I wedged a rolled tea towel in the door of the oven.
WORD OF WARNING: Please, make sure if you are drying you are home at all times and you don’t have young kids or pets in the kitchen!
Step 5 – Cure
Now that your fruit looks pretty dry transfer to a jar and keep the lid off for 5 days to let escape any moisture still remaining in the fruit. Then seal – the fruit will last up to 10 months.
TIPS + THINGS I WILL DO DIFFERENTLY NEXT TIME:
- Peel the fruit
- Lay a silicone mat or another tray on top of the fruit to stop them from shrivelling
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