Try making dried fruit at home by following these simple instructions. Choose your favorite seasonal fruit and get started!

Dried fruits are a particularly healthy snack because they are rich in fiber and vitamins. Satisfy your desire for something sweet that will not burden you with fat and cholesterol. They can also enrich your green salads and add some punch to a variety of dishes, especially those with meat, but also those with rice. The process of making them at home is simple, but it is time-consuming, as the fruit takes a lot of time to dry out. But it is worth it because homemade dried fruits are made in the purest way. There are so many kinds of fruits (apples, bananas, pears, plums, figs, apricots) that are suitable for drying, especially those with low water content (watermelon, for example, cannot be dried because its water content is too high).

Dried Bananas

Ingredients

2 pounds bananas

Directions

  1. Choose very ripe bananas (but without black spots), then clean and slice them.
  2. Lay the slices out in a pan directly or use a cookie sheet.
  3. Preheat the oven to 140° F and bake for 5-6 hours.
  4. Remove them from the oven when completely dried, when they have risen and become supple.
  5. Once they have cooled down, put them in glass jars that are airtight and store them in a dark place.


Dried Pineapple

Ingredients

1 pineapple

Directions

  1. Clean the pineapple by removing the outer skin from the fruit as well as the hard core. Cut into slices of desired thickness.
  2. Lay the slices out in a pan directly or use a cookie sheet.
  3. Preheat oven to 180° F and bake for about 7-8 hours, taking care to turn them at regular intervals.
  4. Remove them from the oven when completely dried, when they have risen and become supple.
  5. Once cooled, put them in glass jars that are airtight and store them in a dark place.

Dried Apples

Ingredients

1 pound apples
1/2 lemon (the juice)

Directions

  1. Choose fresh, soft apples that are relatively ripe.
  2. Wash them well, remove the core and slice.
  3. Because apples darken quickly, immerse each slice into a glass bowl of water and lemon as you go.
  4. Drain slices and wipe them gently with a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Lay the slices out in a pan directly or use a cookie sheet.
  6. Preheat oven to 180° F and bake for about 5 hours, taking care to turn them over after 3 hours
  7. Once cooled, put them in glass jars that are airtight and store them in a dark place.

Dried Pears

Ingredients

1 pound pears
1/2 lemon (the juice)

Directions

  1. Choose fresh pears that are relatively ripe.
  2. Wash them well, remove the core and slice.
  3. Because pears darken quickly, immerse each slice into a glass bowl of water and lemon as you go.
  4. Drain slices and wipe them gently with a clean kitchen towel.
  5. Lay the slices out in a pan directly or use a cookie sheet.
  6. Preheat oven to 180° F and bake for about 8 hours, taking care to turn them every 2 hours.
  7. Once cooled, put them in glass jars that are airtight and store them in a dark place.

Dried Apricots

Ingredients

1 pound apricots

Directions

  1. Choose fresh apricots that are relatively ripe.
  2. Wash them well, remove the seed and slice.
  3. Lay the slices out in a pan directly or use a cookie sheet.
  4. Preheat oven to 180° F and bake for about 8 hours, taking care to turn them after 4 hours.
  5. Once cooled, put them in glass jars that are airtight and store them in a dark place.

TIPS

  • It’s good to leave the oven door open just a crack for the extra water vapor to escape as you bake the fruit.
  • The baking pan you use should be a little smaller than the size of the oven so that the air can circulate comfortably everywhere.
  • Remember to make sure fruit is completely dry before storing or it will go bad fast.
  • The containers used for storage should be sterile and dark colored. Don’t squeeze them in – give them room to breathe while stored.
  • Drying fruit at home can get expensive if you do too much at one time!

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