A favorite for granola, trail mix, or just plain snacking, dehydrated fruit is a sweet and chewy snack that satisfies. It’s especially great for summertime travel, so grab some fruit and get drying!
What is it?
Dehydrated fruit is fruit that has been dried in an electric dehydrator or in the oven on a low temperature for a long time. Removing the excess water from the fruit makes it extra sweet and chewy, and it helps preserve the fruit so you can savor it longer!
Larger dehydrated fruits are typically sliced thin, while berries can be dried whole. The thicker your fruit, the longer it will take to dehydrate.
How to Enjoy Dehydrated Fruit
Making your own dehydrated fruits just requires an oven, a baking sheet, and a metal cooling rack (for even air flow). Arrange the fruits in a single layer and then bake at a low temperature until the fruits are dried to your liking. Once cooled and completely dried, store them in an airtight container and enjoy!
Check out how to make Watermelon Jerky in the video below:
I like to add dehydrated fruit to my morning oatmeal, letting it soften as it cooks. My kids like it for snacking, especially dried apple slices! Here are some yummy ways to try dehydrated fruit:
· Simmer dried fruits in water and sugar to create delicious compote for meats.
· Stir into rice pudding for a burst of fruity flavor.
· Add dried fruits to a cheese plate at your next dinner party.
· Make this tasty Almond-Nutmeg Granola for breakfast or snacktime.
· Mix dried fruits into homemade bars, like our Sweet-and-Salty Parmigiano Reggiano Snack Bars.
· Try a new take on tea with Homemade Dried Fruit and Herb Tea.
· Dip dehydrated fruits in melted chocolate for a scrumptious yet simple dessert.
· Mix into baked goods like scones or cookies, as in our Dried Cherry Pecan Scones.