Dried fruits are the storehouse of vitamins and minerals and it’s a common phenomenon that we lose a lot of fruits when bought in excess and we know no means to process and make it useful. So here we are going to discuss how to make dried fruits at home and use it as a healthy snack.
How to Dry your Excess Fruits at Home?
We need just an Electric oven to make dried fruit, not necessarily a dehydrator or cabinet. In this method we are heating the fruit at low temperature to make water evaporate, so the chance of bacterial growth is also less.
Almonds, Raisins, Cashews, Walnuts, Apricots, Pistachios, Dry Dates, Figs, dried jackfruit whatever your favourite dried fruit, buy dried fruit was the only option,but now another method to awake the chef in you.
Step : 1 Prepare your Fruits
- Choose ripe or just overly ripe fruits and berries
- Wash in cold water
- Remove any blemishes
- Remove any pits or stones from stone fruits
- Remove any stems from berries
- Cut and slice fruits evenly so that they will dry within the same time frame
Step : 2 Remove the Skin
Some fruits, such as peaches, nectarines, and apples, dry better if the skin has been removed. Score the bottom of each piece of fruit by making a shallow “x” with a paring knife. Bunk into boiling water for 30 seconds, then transfer to a basin filled with ice water. The skins should slip right off.
Step : 3 Well Soak Fruits
To keep fruit looking pretty and minimize discoloration, soak it in lemon juice and water.
Soak fruit for 10 minutes, drain and blot dry with a lint-free towel.
Step : 4 To the Oven
Preheat the oven to 130-160 degrees F. Use a lower temperature for thin sliced fruits such as apples or peaches. Strawberries and other whole berries love the higher heat.
Place parchment paper onto sheet pans. Arrange fruit in a single layer, and do not allow pieces to touch. Top fruit with a pizza screen or silicone pan liner to keep them from curling up as they dry. Place fruit into the oven and rotate pans every 2 hours.
General Cooking Time
|Citrus Peel||8-10 hours|
Step:5 Cure Fruits
When the fruit is ready, remove it from the oven and place in glass or plastic containers to cure. Leave the container open for 4-5 days so that any moisture left from the drying process can evaporate. Shake the container every day or so to move the fruit around.Seal the containers after 5 days and enjoy dried fruits.
Try at Home
Organic dried fruits market is most demanding in Gulf and European countries, as the people at those regions are more health conscious. In India you can buy organic dried fruits online from various E commerce markets. For trying out the above experiment first we have to buy original dried fruits from market and compare the taste with what you have made. As a free time homemaker job you can save your excess ripen fruits by converting them into dried fruits and thus make a tasty dish. If you are worried about the electric bill then never try this experiment, always opt for the economic quality product than an expensive crazy dish. But try your luck with small fruits and see the results.