Tuesday, April 19

MAKE IT: Yummy Dried Friut

Dried fruit is one of my favorite things. Having the lasting taste of summer favorites all year long is a must! Easy to transport and eat where ever you go.

Some people use dehydrators to do this, but it as just as easy with out one! use this recipe for apples, pears, pineapple, apricots, papayas.....whatever you want.

Full time: 3 1/2 to 6 1/2 hours

You will need:

Ripe fruit
4 1/2 cups water
1 tsp salt
1 tsp lemon juice

Let us begin:

In a large bowl mix water, salt, lemon juice

To prepare fruit it needs to be cored or pitted. Sliced or diced, into the size you feel is best for you to eat. Place in the holding liquid as soon as you have the fruit ready to go. This will stop browning, which will lead to bitterness.

Repeat on all pieces of fruit

Heat oven to 170 (like good Barbecue low and slow is the way to go)

Place a baking/cooling rack on a cooking sheet and place parchment or cheesecloth on top

Remove fruit from holding liquid, pat dry, and place in a single layer on rack

Roast in oven for one hour

Vent oven by leaving the door open a slight bit

Roast for 3 to 6 hours until dry, it will depend on the size you cut

Remove from oven and let cool

Store in airtight container