Homemade dried fruits and peels are easy to make and full of flavour.
They are much healthier as you can control the amount of sugar
you put into the fruits, or in my case, sugar-free!
I don't buy dried orange peels anymore...
You don't have to bin these less that perfect grapes
- they're easily dried whole
and can be turned into a perfect snack
You can see the size difference between
store-bought raisins and my oven-dried ones
Fruits like kiwis dry better with their skin removed
To make homemade dried fruits is relatively easy
all you need is an oven, parchment paper or silicone liners
fruits (of course) and peels
and a whole lot of patience.
Once you've washed/peeled/slice the fruits
arrange them in a single layer on a silicone liner
-make sure they do not touch each other.
Place in a 55C (fan) oven.
Once the fruit is thoroughly dried
(approximately 10 to 15 hours depending on thickness of slices
and the fruit's water content),
remove the trays from the oven and leave them to be air-dried and cooled completely
before storing in an airtight container.