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Dried Fruit Chews

Makes about 2 cups
Time 10 hr 45 min
Turn fresh peaches or nectarines into a great mess-free, on-the-go snack by drying slices in a low oven. These sweet, chewy treats are perfect for lunchboxes and homemade trail mix. Stash them in the car or your bag for anytime snacking.
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pound nectarines or peaches

Preheat the oven to 200°F. Combine 4 cups water and lemon juice in a medium bowl.

Pit fruit and cut into 1/4-inch-thick slices (preferably with a mandoline for consistency). Place slices in lemon water and let soak 10 minutes.  

Meanwhile arrange a cooling rack in each of 2 large, rimmed baking sheets and spray the racks lightly with nonstick cooking spray, or line the racks with cheesecloth (to prevent sticking).  

Remove fruit slices from lemon water and arrange in a single layer on the prepared racks. Bake until slices are almost completely dried, about 3 minutes. Let the fruit slices cool completely, uncovered overnight to finish drying. Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

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  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 pound nectarines or peaches