Dried apricots have the virtue of long-term storage. Apricots are extremely popular during summer time, in fruit pies, BBQ recipes and even for sweetening up a spicy Chex mix recipe.
Apricots can be found in abundance on fruit trees, and often spoil before getting used. Why not turn them into a delicious butter or apricot jam? They’re also absorbent, which makes them a perfect candidate for your favorite marinades and stews.
We’re going to share a delicious recipe for dried apricot pie. Before we get there, we’ll also show you how to professionally dry and store your apricots, while also saving money!
A guide to dehydrating apricots
The first time in drying apricots is to rinse them with water and slice off bruises. Pitting is made simple, by slicing all the way around the apricot, then pulling it apart to remove the core. For the final easy step in preparation, cut them into slices about ¼” thick.
Next, place them evenly on the trays of your fruit dehydrator. It’s best to use dehydrator trays that have mesh screens, which are made for dehydrating fruit. Also, keep your fruit away from the edges of your fruit roll sheets for consistent cooking, otherwise juices will build up and spoil parts of your batch.
Dehydrate your apricots at 135 degrees for about 18 hours. Their sweet aroma is going to fill your house, and you’ll know they’re ready by their tough texture. You’ll be able to test their moisture level after cooling for about 30 minutes.
We recommend vacuum sealing for long-term storage. You could also use air-tight mason jars, but they can take up a lot of space and are generally better suited for jams and syrups.
Cooking dried apricots
Fruit is naturally sweet, and their flavors intensify during the dehydration process. We don’t recommend sweetening your apricots, as it’s more important to dry them properly. This way, you can enjoy all of the natural enzymes, nutrients and flavors.
You could use some lemon zest to prevent the enzymes in dried apricots from browning. You could also use orange, pineapple, lime and grapefruit juice (or any acidic fruit juice, even apple cider vinegar).
That being said, recipes like gin soaked raisins take this concept to another level. There are limitless ways to use your dried apricots, from pudding to pie, butter and syrup, and it’s great to have your dried fruit in as raw form as possible, for fresh storage and authenticity.
Dried apricot dessert recipes
We’re going to use dried apricot pie as an example. As you know, other simple examples of apricot recipes might include dried apricot jam, beef shish kabobs and even Chex mix.
- 3 cups dried apricot
- 1 tbsp. fruit-based brandy or liqueur
- 1 tbsp. arrowroot powder or tapioca (keto friendly)
- 1 ¾ cups sugar
- 1 ¾ cups water
- Pie shell
Start by heating your oven to 400 degrees F. Next, boil your dried apricot slices in water for 5 minutes and combine the remaining ingredients in a bowl. Add in a tablespoon of dried apricot syrup (the boiled apricot base) and mix until consistent.
Pour your apricot pie filling into the shell and bake for 1 hour. This recipe could also include cherries, pears, oranges and apples, as fruits make great companions, especially in a baked pie.
A muesli recipe for an amazing breakfast
Muelsi is essentially an oatmeal that incorporates fresh and dried fruits, as well as nuts. It’s very easy to make, and is a wonderful way to make use of organic grains on a daily basis.
The health benefits of walnuts and other nuts are dependent on whether or not they’re processed. Choose nuts that are still in their shell, as they prevent nutrients from leaking out of the nut. This is important, as nuts are a whole food source of concentrated nutrients, and are extremely healthy.
Simply combine 2 parts of rolled grains (like barley and quinoa) with 2 parts of rolled oats. Add in 4 parts of fresh nuts and 1 part dried fruit, and simply soak in your favorite milk to enjoy!
A fruit dehydrator machine is an excellent way to prepare and store healthy meals!