Where does dehydrated fruit come from and how is it made? Chances are these things have never crossed your mind, because you’ve been buying your dried fruit straight from the grocery store, sealed in a zip lock bag and ready to eat.
In fact, dehydrating fruits is incredibly easy, and costs half the amount it does to buy your dried fruit from the grocery store. These products have a huge mark-up price and your money is not paying for the cost of the fruit, or the drying process, but instead the packaging and the company’s profit. If you want to escape this corporate problem, or if you just have too much fresh fruit to eat before it starts to go moldy, then we highly recommend you learn how to dehydrate fruit.
You can dehydrate any fruit at all, even watermelon, despite its very high water content. Another advantage to carrying out this process at home is that your home made dried fruits will not be covered in sweeteners and preservatives, and will be far more healthy for your teeth and body.
Firstly you will need to wash your fruit, unless it requires peeling (as with bananas and citrus fruits). Remove any large pips and stalks, and slice thinly (or however thick you wish your dried fruits to be). If you’re making raisins, we recommend you use seedless grapes. From there you can place them straight onto your fruit dehydrator trays, turn the appliance on and leave it to do its work. Most fruits take around a day to dry, depending on how thickly they are sliced.
Learning how to dehydrate fruits is very simple, and you can start right away once you have bought an electric dehydrator. These are perfect devices if you grow your own fruits and often find yourself with too many to eat at one time, as you can store dehydrated fruit for months.