It is such a drag to buy dried fruit from your local market because it is kind of expensive. So here is an easy technique that will help you dry any fruit that you like and save some delicious treats for those long and lonesome winter nights. Dried fruit are also perfect when it comes to losing weight or keeping a diet. So if you want to eat healthy, they represent a great alternative. Dried fruit are recommended for kids, too. You need vitamins and a healthy diet particularly during winter; and we all know that winter is the time when good food is scarce.
So it’s time to store the fruit for the winter. How do you do that? If you think you need special equipment or a dehydrator, think again. Drying food has never been so easy. You just need to prepare your oven and that’s it. You should also use some parchment paper or silicone liners; whatever works for you. Pizza screens and sheet pans would also come in handy. What`s the point of using an oven? The fruit will be heated at a low temperature, which means that a lot of water will be evaporated; this way bacterial growth is minimized. Make sure to choose fruit that are ripe. Wash them in cold water and remove any blemishes.
You need to cover the sheet pans with parchment paper. Every fruit should be separated; no slice of fruit should touch one another. Rotate the pans every two hours. You can check up on them and you know when they are ready if they feel like leather but they still can be pliable. Plums, peaches, pears, bananas and apple take around 6 hours to dry. Grapes and citrus peel take between 8 to 10 hours while cherries, strawberries and apricots take around 12 hours to dry.
After you take the fruit out of the oven you should put them in plastic or glass containers. The moist will disappear if you leave the containers open for 4 to 5 days. Move the fruit around during these days. You can then seal the containers and the dry fruit should last you around 10 months give or take.