Dried fruits are a great way to store them for a very long time. To do this, you need to dry them well. We’ll tell you how to do it.
For drying, you need to choose ripe, undamaged fruits. Apricots and plums should be halved and pitted, peaches cut into slices and also pitted.
Of course, you can simply dry the fruits in the open air, but this method cannot be called simple and quick, so we will do without it.
When the fruit is dry, it is best to store it in a canvas bag or glass in a dark, dry place. Can be stored in the freezer. But it is not very advisable. Do not put them in plastic bags. So, let’s dry off.
In the oven
Peaches should be cut smaller than their dried counterparts (photo by Shutterstok)
Place fruit halves or pieces on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake in an oven heated to 50° and gradually increase the temperature to 65°.
During the drying process, the fruit should be turned several times and the oven door should be left open to allow excess moisture to escape. You can check readiness after 8 hours. Total time is 9-10 hours.
For the last few hours, it is worth lowering the oven temperature again to 50°. The fruit should become elastic and not release juice when squeezed.
Turn off the oven and let cool.
In an electric dryer
Plums are very good for drying, you can add spicy herbs to it (photo by Shutterstok)
Place the apricot or plum halves and the peach slices in an electric dryer, setting the temperature to 50°. Gradually increase the temperature to 70-80°.
The drying time is approximately 15 hours.
Spicy herbs can be added to plums during the drying process. It turns out very well.
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