There is nothing more I like than fresh dried fruit especially in winter. What does fresh dried fruit really mean?
I have a dehydrator, and it is one of my favorite things in the kitchen. It is amazing the things that you can do with a dehydrator.
Some of you may have been to a restaurant lately and ordered a cocktail where they will put really pretty dehydrated orange slices or apple slices, lemon slices, lime slices. Dehydrating, fresh fruit is simple and easy.
To cleanse my fruit, I soak it in a tablespoon of baking soda for 15 minutes. Then wash thoroughly to take off all pesticides and waxes.
Then I use my mandolin, or sharp knife at 1/8” to make slices that are 1/8 of an inch thick. Important that the fruit is all the same thickness so that it all dries evenly. On a piece of parchment paper or screened dehydrating sheet provided by your machine. (This I purchased extra on Amazon.)
Layout your sliced fruit evenly spaced so that they do not stick together and then place in the dehydrator. I turn my heat between 135-145 degrees and leave it in the dehydrator for 8-10 hours, or overnight.
When you open your dehydrator you will have delicious dried fruit that is SO nutritious, high in fiber and vitamin C and just a great filling snack!