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« on: January 31, 2010 12:10:55 AM »

I went to an orchard yesterday, I bought 12kg peaches, 10 kg apples,and 3kg nectrines. I also got 3 kg of plums but they are not ripe yet.
So I turned them into, fruit strips, apple crisps, apple pies and necatrine crips


the dried produce, at the back on the left are the apples, the back right is the straps and the front are the nectarines.


First the fruit needs to be washed

 
rough chop your peaches(any fruit can be used) and put them into the food processor, I add some apple to make it go further and extend the taste.

next cover your trays with cling wrap.and them pour the puree onto them, you want a nice even coating. not to thick or it will take ages to dry but not think enough will not come out nicely.Trial and error to get it the thinkness you want, mine are almost and inch thick.

next slice your apples thin, about 5mm-1cm this makes them crispy, now coat them in orange juice. Now spread them out onto the trays.
I also sliced up the nectarines, they can go straight onto the trays as they are.

now put the whole lot into the dehydrator, on high overnight.
Check and see if they are as dry as you would like.
at this point I remove the purreed fruit from the cling wrap and chop it up to the size you want, while it is warm it is easier to cut.
Put the ones that are still a little sticky back onto the trays. and into the dehydrator for a little longer.


great for lunch boxes, healthier option but highly addictive.....

You can use any fruit you like, it all dries out nicely, tinned fruit is ok to use, I sometimes add it to change the flavour a bit.
I usually do this once a year for a week or so, I cut up a whole heap of fruit and keep the excess in the fridge till it is ready to go into the dehydrator.
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« Reply #1 on: January 31, 2010 07:01:23 AM »

ooo...you made your own "fruit leather" type stuff.  Awesome!!  I might have to invest in a dehydrator now.  Although I've only seen the round ones with much smaller trays....might have to get creative Smiley  Thanks for the instructions!!
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« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2010 07:02:17 AM »

that's an awesomely cool idea with the fruit strips! storebought ones are so bloody expensive, not to mention they add weird stuff like sweeteners and preservative chemicals. Thank you for the idea, I think I'll ask my grandpa if he still has his dehydrator...
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« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2010 08:33:31 AM »

I've made apple rings, but I love the idea of nectarines.  They are my favorite fruit and usually too expensive to buy in the winter.   This would be a great way to have it whenever.  I also like the fruit leather.  Nice job.
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« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2010 01:49:29 AM »

when I was looking to buy my dehydrator I looked all round, the only ones I found were the round ones which would be good for fruit leather/stripes, but not so good for dried fruit. It takes to long because it is only a small amount.

The one I have has a motor at the back and the trays are made from the same stuff as a window frame, that way if the wire gets to loose you can just replace it.

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« Reply #5 on: February 05, 2010 06:14:49 PM »

I have the round one myself right now. It does okay for small batches; however, I intend to buy on eBay....The Excalibur Dehydrator my friend as one and I am always jealous. LOL I also am buying a Vitamix within the next month. I am treating myself during tax return time.


Another thing I do with my apples, just to share with you--- I take a bowl and pour freshly squeezed lemon into it and then add fresh cinnamon and stevia. My kids approve! LOL

Also dry banana's, I swear by it. I save some that I live a little soft for me during the week. I dry real well for saving them for say oatmeal and things of that nature.
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« Reply #6 on: February 05, 2010 06:30:57 PM »

I have the round one myself right now. It does okay for small batches; however, I intend to buy on eBay....The Excalibur Dehydrator my friend as one and I am always jealous. LOL I also am buying a Vitamix within the next month. I am treating myself during tax return time.


Another thing I do with my apples, just to share with you--- I take a bowl and pour freshly squeezed lemon into it and then add fresh cinnamon and stevia. My kids approve! LOL

Also dry banana's, I swear by it. I save some that I live a little soft for me during the week. I dry real well for saving them for say oatmeal and things of that nature.

I tried the bananas but the kids didn't like them, figs are great, citrus doesn't work so well, but when my mums figs are all in I plan on drying some and them glace  them at mum's request of course.

Oh I tried putting yogurt on top of the fruit when you make leather, it works great, dries well and tastes Delicious.
I plan on trying it with muesli bars to make them crunchy with yogurt tops, will let you know if it works or not.
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« Reply #7 on: February 06, 2010 06:37:32 AM »

I'm wondering if this is possible in the oven set on reaaaaaly low..... I could use me some apple chips that aren't coated with random powdery stuff...... Looks delish Tanza
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« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2010 07:50:11 AM »

I'm wondering if this is possible in the oven set on reaaaaaly low..... I could use me some apple chips that aren't coated with random powdery stuff...... Looks delish Tanza

Yes, it is possible, the dehydrating temp for fruit (at least on my dehydrator) is at 135˚F. The only thing that might be of concern to you, that you have a really good oven. Some old ovens rip at your Kwh, which causes large power bills.
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« Reply #9 on: February 06, 2010 09:33:16 AM »

thanks Radmom Smiley  We have a new oven, so it should be relatively easy on the power bill.  mayhaps I'll do some up this aft
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