Dried fruit is one of our favorite on-the-go snack foods. Not only is it incredibly portable and easy to take to work or on a Saturday morning run, but dried fruit is also healthy, retaining most of the nutritional properties of fresh fruit.
Nearly any type of fruit can be dried, meaning that you can choose to make whichever dried fruit you like the most. And contrary to popular belief, you don’t need a hot, sunny day or a commercial food dehydrator in order to make it!
Here is your guide to making dried fruit at home using only a conventional oven.
- Start off by preheating your oven to a very low temperature, around 170 or 175 degrees.
- Next, you’ll want to slice the fruit that you want to try, assuming that it comes from a larger fruit like a peach or an apple. If it’s a berry or a small fruit like blueberries or grapes, you can leave it whole.
- Arrange the slices or fruits on a baking sheet, without allowing them to touch each other. Place the sheet in the oven and leave your oven’s door open, ever so slightly.
- Flip the fruit every 30 minutes, and monitor its drying process. This can take anywhere between 3 to 8 hours depending on how thick the slices are and how much water is contained in the fruit.
- Once finished, allow the fruit to “rest” overnight before packaging or eating it. Enjoy!