- Wash fruit. When sulfiting, pit and halve; if desired, remove skins. For steam and syrup blanching, leave whole, then pit and halve. May also be sliced or quartered.
- Pretreat fruit if desired using Sulfite Dip, Steam Blanching or Syrup Blanching.
- Preheat dehydrator following manufacturer instructions.
- Arrange prepared food on drying trays, leaving small spaces between pieces for good air circulation.
- Turn large pieces halfway through drying. Move pieces near sides of trays to the center or stir small pieces to ensure even drying. Rotate trays if recommended by dehydrator manufacturer.
- Check for Dryness at the end of the minimum drying time, and then more frequently as drying progresses. Let a sample piece cool to room temperature before testing.
- Condition foods before storing.
- Package dried foods in glass jars, food storage containers or plastic food storage bags in small amounts. Store containers in a cool, dark, dry area to maintain quality.
Sulfite dip: 5 to 15 min
Steam blanching: 8 min
Sulfite dip: 10 min
Dry time: 36-48 hours
Test for dryness: Soft, pliable, no moist area in center when cut
Source: Quality for Keeps: How to Dry Foods at Home. MU Extension. GH1563