Most store bought dehydrated fruit is soaked in sugar and preserved with sulfites… plus they’re outrageously expensive – YIKES!
Making your own naturally dehydrated fruit is cheap and easier than you think, plus they taste like the real thing… because that’s exactly what they are! Enjoy!
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The special tools featured in this recipe are:
- EdgeCraft 610 Chef’s Choice Premium Electric Food Slicer (got it here at Amazon.com and they shipped it Free!)
- Excalibur Dehydrator – Model #3926T
- Cuisipro Apple Corer – I think I got mine at Kmart… but this is a much better one from Amazon.com that will automatically release the core – instead of having to push it out (and cut yourself like I’ve done a few times).
If you don’t already have a Excalibur Dehydrator, I encourage you to check out what this awesome Dehydrator is capable of! It’s made in the USA, has an outstanding warranty, and is the most popular Dehydrator because of it’s large, efficient design and low cost to run.
Here are some suggested ingredients for dehydrating fruit and the procedure for this recipe – feel free to experiment with it! If you have the Living Cookbook software, you can import the free recipe file by cutting and pasting it right into your program.
Fruit Chips for the Dehydrator
Apples – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 8-10 hours*
Pineapples – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 12-20 hours*
Bananas – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 12-20 hours*
Pears – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 8-10 hours*
Strawberries – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 8-10 hours*
Mango – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 12-20 hours*
Papaya – Dehydrating Time: Approx. 12-20 hours*
Almost any fruit will dehydrate!
* Drying times will vary depending on your humidity and dehydrating temperature.
1 Part Pure Lemon Juice (no sulfites and not from concentrate) to
3 Parts Water
Combine in Spray Bottle (unused portion can be stored in sprayer in the fridge)
- Using a very sharp knife or Food Slicer, slice fruit as evenly as possible in the desired thickness…. Remember that fruit will shrink as they dehydrate, so the higher the water content, the smaller the final product will be. (For best results, it is important to use a stainless steel knive/blade when cutting your fruit – otherwise, you will have bruising/browning of fruit.)
- Layer sliced fruit on your Dehydrator tray/screen. Do not overlap fruit.
- For non-citrus fruits, spray generously with lemon water solution (only need to do the tops).
- Place trays in Dehydrator and set temperature to 105 – 115 degrees (you can do it higher, but the nutrient loss will be greater).
- If your Dehydrator has a timer, set timer for approximately 10-12 hours and check fruit regularly for desired ‘done-ness’ (is that even a word? LOL!). Rotate trays if necessary and set-timer so that the fruit will not over dehydrate.
- Store finished fruit in an airtight container (ie. mason jar, ziplock bag, etc…). Keeps best in fridge, and even longer if using a food sealer.
Yield: Varies depending on amount of fruit used.
Preparation Time: Approx. 15-20 minutes
Dehydrating Time: 8-20 hours (depending on humidity and what you’re dehydrating)
Feel free to send me any questions or comments you may have!