Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Homemade Dried Fruits

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.

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