How to dehydrate fruit and vegetables

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Many people want to know how to dehydrate fruit and vegetables. Sometimes they think there is something secret and mysterious about the process, even perhaps a recipe cooked up by witches and wizards in the dark days!! They couldn’t be further from the truth as it is so easy.
In fact it can be a lot of fun and very satisfying preserving fruit and vegetables for winter months when they are not so readily available.

With people becoming much more aware of their health and because supermarkets sell dried fruit and vegetables loaded with chemicals and preservatives there is an increased interest in how to dehydrate fruit and vegetables.

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The Dehydrator Bible
Knowing how to dehydrate fruit and vegetables you know that they are vitamin rich - a great snack for children, dieters, sports men and women or even just an afternoon pick me up.

We recommend you buy a few wide rimmed glass jars with plastic screw tops as the metal ones will corrode over time.

There are many dehydrating ovens on the market which are efficient and worth the cost if dehydrating is something you do regularly. However drying can be achieved just as well in your kitchen oven.

Grow your own then dehydrate or bottle your produce to enjoy at any time: you could even give it away as a gift!

How to Dehydrate Fruit

Apple Rings

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Ronco Food Dehydrator
Pre heat oven 120C 250F Gas ½

  • dessert apples
  • 1tsp of salt
  • 1 litre of water
Bamboo canes are needed to fit the width of your oven.
Mix the water and salt together in a bowl.
Core and peel the apples.
Slice them into rings.
Dip them into the salted water.
Dry the apple rings.
Thread the rings onto the bamboo canes.
Slide the bamboo canes onto the oven shelf rests so they are balanced across the oven.
Leave in the oven for 6 hours.
Keep the door open to prevent a build up of moisture.
Allow to cool for at least 48 hours.
Store in a glass jar.

Apricots, Plums and Peaches

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Excalibur 9 Tray Dehydrator
Pre heat oven 120C 250F Gas ½
A baking cake wire rack is needed.
Wash the fruit under a running cold water tap.
Halve the fruit.
Stone the fruit.
Place the fruit on the wire rack flesh side up.
Put the fruit into the oven and leave with the door open for 6 hours.
Allow to cool for at least 48 hours and store in a glass jar with lid.

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How To Dehydrate Vegetables

Onion Rings

These are so handy to keep to add to soups and stews.

Pre heat oven 120C 250F gas ½
  • 1kg onions
  • 3 litres or 5 ¼ pints of water
  • A wire baking tray
Peel the onions.
Slice them about ¼ inch thick.
In a pan, bring the water to the boil.
Blanch the onions for about 30 seconds (no more).
Dry them on paper towels.
Place the rings on a wire rack.
Place the wire rack into the oven.
Leave for 3 hours.
Allow to cool for at least 48 hours.
Store in glass jar with plastic lid.

Peas

Peas are also a great stand-by for stews and soups in the winter months.

Pre heat oven 120C 250 F Gas ½
  • Muslin squares
  • A baking wire rack
  • Peas
  • Water
Bring the water to the boil in a pan.
Blanche the peas for 30 seconds.
Put the peas in a sieve and hold over a running cold water tap.
Place the peas on a muslin square on top of a wire rack.
Place in the oven for 6 hours.
Allow to cool for at least 48 hours.
Store in a glass jar with plastic lid.

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Preserving Fruit

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Deluxe Canning Jar
All fruits can be preserved in alcohol. It's an old recipe which was discovered by sailors hundreds of years ago. They discovered that rum was good for more than getting drunk! Dark rum is still popular when preserving fruit, but brandy or any spirit is just as good.

Preserving Fruit

  • 1 equal part fruit
  • 1 equal part sugar
  • Wide rimmed jar with plastic screw top is needed.
Wash the fruit under a running cold tap.
Dry the fruit with paper towels.
Mix the fruit and the sugar together in a bowl.
Let the fruit sit for an hour or two.
Pour the sugar/fruit mix into a wide rimmed jar.
Pour enough rum over the fruit to cover.
Screw on the top.

Preserving Peppers in vinegar

Chop your peppers up first into halves and then into slices. Wash the slices under a running cold tap.

Take a wide rimmed jar with a plastic screw top and fill it with the peppers.

Now pour white vinegar over the peppers until they are all covered.

Screw the top on and leave.
The peppers will remain nice and crunchy to eat over the winter months.

If they are left any longer than a few months they may go soggy but will still be edible for at least a year.

Now you know how to dehydrate fruit and vegetables you know how easy it is.

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