If you want to have a healthy snack for road trips, hiking, watching TV and more, dehydrated fruit is a great way to go. However, buying dehydrated fruit in the store is expensive, can contain additives and preservatives, and has a lot of added sugar. Save money, have fun and create a healthier snack by dehydrating fruit yourself.
Yield: 2 servings
Cost: $5 or less
- 2 ea Apples of your choice
- 2 ea Mangos
- 4 ea Kiwis
- 2 ea Grapefruit
- 20 ea Strawberries
Use locally grown, organic fruit if possible and wash
If not organically grown, wash fruit preferably in vinegar and water to remove wax and pesticides
Cut the fruit of your choice into 1/8 inch slices. Grapefruit will be difficult to slice. Use wedges or partially freeze first and then slice.
Remove core, seeds, stems as needed
Place the fruit into the dehydrator trays and/or racks.
Set the temperature at approximately 125 degrees. The temperature will depend on your dehydrator so some experimenting might be required.
Set the dehydrator for 6 hours. However, follow the instructions that come with your dehydrator.
Store in a sealed container in a cool, dry area at room temperature. Dehydrated fruit stored properly can last for years. If you live in an earthquake or hurricane-prone area it's great for your emergency kit.
Dehydrating fruit and vegetables can save you money and provide your family with a healthy snack. You no longer need to throw away over-rippened fruit because now you can just dehydrate it before it goes bad. You may have to do some experimentation as dehydrators do not all dehydrate at the same temperature or length of time. So, have fun with it. Try thinner and thicker slices of fruit. Try different types of fruit.
Dehydrating does take time, about 6 hours. And, because the dehydrator does make noise think of ways to dehydrate when you're not in or near the kitchen. Such as while you're at work and even at night when your sleeping. The dehydrator will shut off at the time you set and you'll have your dehydrated fruit waiting for you when you get home or when you wake up in the morning so you can take some to work.