Once you know how to dehydrate fruit and have a good fruit leather recipe, a whole delicious, fun, easy, nutritious way of preserving opens up for you!
There are a few methods to dehydrate fruit. However, investing in and using a food dehydrator
will result in perfectly dried, delicious and nutritous fruit
every time. Knowing how to dehydrate fruit is very simple. A little know how and tips and you will be on your way!
Although most fruits dry very well, others discolor during the drying process so you may consider to pre-treat them. A totally natural way to prepare your fruits is to first dip them in an acidic fruit juice dip such as pineapple, lemon or lime juice.
Stir 1 cup of lemon or lime juice into a quart of filtered, room temperature water. Submerge the fruit into this water for a few minutes, then drain well on an absorbent towel before putting the fruit into the drying trays.
Some of the fruits recommended for this optional pretreatment are: Apples, apricots, bananas, nectarines peaches and pears.
A discussion on how to dehydrate fruit should not leave out the delicious, easy and yummy directions
for making fruit leather. Just about any fruit can be made into
delicious fruit leather. In fact, some fruits such as berries, which are
not suitable for dehydration in traditional ways, are excellent for
fruit leathers. This fruit leather recipe is a general
guide to get you started. The directions are full of tips for you to learn how to dehydrate fruit and make fruit leathers successfully.
2 apples, cored not peeled
1 bag of cranberries (14 to 16 oz size)
¼ cup of raw honey
½ teaspoon of cinnamon
Blend all of the ingredients thoroughly in a blender; you may have to do two batches.
Spoon onto lined dehydrator sheets.
Tilt each dehydrator tray gently and shake to evenly spread the mixture. To make small, individual fruit leathers, drop tablespoon size amounts onto the dehydrator tray liners.
Dehydrate at the highest setting, approximately 145º F, for no more than 2 hours, then turn the temperature setting to 105º F until the fruit leathers are dry enough to be removed from the liners.
Once the fruit leather is dry enough to be removed from the dehydrator sheets, carefully peel the leather off the dehydrator sheets, remove the sheets and finish drying the leathers at 105º F on the mesh dehydrator trays alone.
1 ½ cup of mixed fresh or frozen berries (blueberries, raspberries, pitted cherries, strawberries, etc.)
Raw sweetener to taste
Process all the berries and sweetener in a blender or food processor until smooth. Pour onto dehydrator sheets. Dehydrate at 145º F for no more than 2 hours then turn the dehydrator setting to 105º F and continue to dehydrate until dry to the touch and chewy.
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