One of the best parts of dehydrated pineapple is their flavor. Like kiwi, both the sweet juices and citric acids compound during the ripening process, which can lead to a delicious, dried fruit without sugar.
One of the greatest advantages of dried fruits is cost savings. The average cost of a whole pineapple is a little over $5. Imagine buying 10 or 20 of them for a dollar each and enjoying them with your family over the next several months. That’s an extra $40-80 just on one food item.
Dried pineapple may have a negative reputation. For those who enjoy the taste of pineapple, you may have been turned off by the fake-tasting conventional varieties. When you’re drying your own food, you’ll see an enormous difference in quality and price.
Dried pineapple slices – prep work
There is a little effort required for dried pineapple rings. You won’t need much more than a large, sharp knife, a mandolin or slicer and a food dehydrator. We’ve also provided some tips and tricks for producing them in bulk.
Place the fresh pineapple on a cutting board. Chop off the leafy crown, about ½” from the top of the pineapple. Slice off the bottom as well, ensuring to completely remove any remnants of the brown peel, but also to preserve the golden pineapple meat. Stand the pineapple up on one end and slice the side peels off, one section at a time.
Once complete, you’ll notice little brown spots grown in past the peel. Place your knife horizontally across the pineapple and move one end upward.
You’ll see a diagonal growth pattern up the pineapple. Cut little grooves deep enough to chop out an entire section of these brown spots at a time. You could also use a small paring knife to remove them individually.
Preparing pineapple for the fruit dehydrator
There’s one step left before readying your fruit dehydrator machine. The center of a pineapple is very hard and it isn’t advised to eat raw or dehydrate it. There are a couple of options to remove it, depending on your preference.
To make pineapple rings, place the peeled pineapple on its side and cut ¼” slices. Push a circular cookie cutter into the core to remove it, and your pineapple is ready to dehydrate!
Take the peeled pineapple, stand it up on one end and quarter it. Next, cut away the core from the softer pineapple flesh, by placing the quarter flat and slicing diagonally.
We recommend using a mandolin for the final slicing step. It’s perfectly ok to use a sharp knife, however we strongly advise cutting the slices evenly, at about ¼” in thickness.
How to dehydrate pineapple
Set your dry fruit machine to 135 degrees F. Place the sliced pineapple on dehydrating trays, leaving space between each piece for proper circulation of heat and air.
After about 10-12 hours, your dried fruit should be good and dry. They shouldn’t be very pliable at all, especially for proper storage, as any moisture will lead to bacteria growth over time. Remember that dried fruit will appear to regain moisture after 30 minutes of cooling.
At this point, you’re ready to package and taste the delicious fruit. We use a home vacuum sealer, which seals dry food in pouches to lock out oxygen. Other homesteaders use vacuum-sealed jars or simply zip-lock bags with an oxygen absorbent bag.
Other ideas for dry fruits
Dehydrating is just the tip of the ice burg. You can also take chunks of dried fruit and powder it in your food processor to make pineapple juice.
No sugar added dried fruit is a godsend for children with a sweet tooth. Replace the nasty preservatives and artificial flavors in conventional juice and candy. Simply combine your homemade fruit juice powder with water and enjoy an amazing drink that tastes like fresh, fragrant fruit!
A countertop dehydrator is perfect for families who want to save money and enjoy healthier food!