The benefits of dried fruit, in terms of health, are about the same as regular, fresh fruit. In terms of economy, however, it can be a breakthrough for your family, and give you access to more vital food options.
Test this out at home. Dry fruits can range from anything to bananas and pears, to strawberries and oranges. We create fruit powder, chips roll-ups and more, which are all even more delicious than they sound.
How to dry fruit
Without using the proper techniques and ingredients, your results might not be as appetizing as they could be. Fruit leather, for example, should be juicy and blended thoroughly before drying. Let’s explore the major techniques involved in dehydrating fruit.
Fruit chips with dried apples
In this example, we’re going to make some cinnamon-flavored apple chips. The process is very simple, and uses two tools: a mandolin or sharp knife and a dehydrator.
- 10 sweet apples
- 2.5 tbsp. brown sugar
- 2.5 tsp. cinnamon
Core the apples. Using a mandolin or a sharp knife and a steady hand, slice them into ¼” rings. Afterward, use a knife to remove the core and seeds.
Set your fruit dryer to 135 degrees F. Mix the sugar and cinnamon and give each of the rings a light coat. Finally, place the apple slices on your dehydrator trays, leaving space between each, and dry until golden and brittle.
Because the flavor will concentrate when dried, you don’t want to overdo it with sweetener. In fact, most dehydrating enthusiasts will opt for natural foods, which taste better on their own, than with any added flavor.
Fruit leather with strawberry, peach and apricot
Remove seeds, stems and cores from each variety of fruit. Add them to a food processor and blend until thick and liquid. Any solid pieces will dry up and probably ruin a batch of perfectly sweet and luxuriously smooth fruit leather.
If the blended fruit is too thick, consider adding some fruit juice or water. Go with your gut, and decide on which fruits to use by your favorite flavors and ideal nutritional content. The result should pour out easily like tomato sauce.
Another step you could take is to boil the fruit puree. Blend it like normal then pour it into a pot, bring it to a simmer, cover and cook on low. You could also use unconventional ingredients like cinnamon or jalapeno, and taste it as it’s being cooked.
Set your fruit dehydrator to 135 degrees F. Pour the fruit puree onto non-stick dehydrator trays and desiccate until you can touch it, and it doesn’t stick to your fingers.
Fruit juice powder with dried peaches
Peach juice is undeniably delicious, but it can be inconvenient to juice up some peaches every time you want to drink it. You can dry fruit, then grind it up into a powder that you add to water. Because the flavor of dehydrated fruit intensifies, it’s surprisingly quenching and tasty without added sugar.
Clean, slice and dry the peaches the same as you would when making fruit chips. Afterward, you can simply them whole it for long-term preservation. You could also grind it up and place it in little jars or zip-lock bags for quick, healthy drinks at meal time.
This is also perfect for cooking. Whether you’re making a pie, a cake, some flavored ice cream or virtually any recipe that calls for fresh fruit, this option works perfectly. You can also rehydrate the dried fruit chips for making an apple pie, for example.
A dry fruit machine is a fabulous way to preserve and enjoy fruits in a variety of forms!