Dehydrating Fruit Is A Simple Way To Preserve Tasty Calories

Dehydrating Fruit For Long Term Storage & Snacks

Dehydrating Fruit

Dehydrating fruit is ideal for storing nutritious snacks without relying on your freezer (because freezers require electricity).

However, you’ll need a food dehydrator, and a quality vacuum sealer to make these snacks last.

You’ll also learn the science of packaging.

Fortunately, the overall process of dehydrating fruit is fairly straightforward.

How To Dehydrate Fruit

Ideally, dehydrating fruit should be performed during the peak season for your target fruit.

That means you’ll dehydrate different fruits at different times of the year.

For instance, oranges, strawberries, and apricots have different peak seasons.

This is good news to me, as I enjoy different peak fruits throughout the year.

↓ How To Dehydrate Fruit ↓

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The Ideal Dehydrating Temperature

A good dehydrating fruit temperature is roughly 125 – 135 degrees Fahrenheit.

Any temperature above this range will cause the skin of some fruits to become very hard or crusty.

This hardened layer then creates a barrier and prevents the insides of the fruit from drying properly.

So it’s recommended that you remember that dehydration is a slow process.

It takes time and should not be rushed.

↓ How To Get Started Dehydrating Fruit ↓

The Preparation Stage

Preparation is key to successful dehydration.

First, slice the fruit carefully. The thickness of the slices affects the results.

If slices are too thick, they may not achieve full dehydration, no matter how long you leave them in the dehydrator.

Plus, you will need to increase the drying time for thicker fruits.

The thinner the slices of the fruits being dried, the quicker will be the drying time.

Decide how thick thin you want your fruit to be; keep them as consistent as possible.

The thickness consistency of individual slices will provide uniform drying of that specific fruit piece.

And consistency between fruit slices allows the entire batch to dry evenly.

To get nearly perfect consistency, I recommend a good Madeline slicer.

A slicer such as this makes the dehydrating prep work a breeze.

Once my fruit is sliced properly, I like to run cold water over the slices for several seconds.

This helps remove any slight lumps and makes the surface a bit smoother.

You should spray the slices with lemon juice, such as apples, strawberries, and bananas.

There are two different reasons why lemon juice is sprayed:

  1. To prevent the fruits from ugly browning
  2. To avoid bacterial growth while in the drying process

Now take all the fruit slices and lay them out on the drying rack.

You don’t want any overlap (this will negatively affect the drying process).

↓ How To Pretreat Fruit For Dehydrating ↓

When It’s Done

Now that you’ve prepped your fruit slices, it’s time to put them into your dehydrator.

Use the 125 – 135 degrees Fahrenheit temperature range and these approximate drying times, to help get you started:

  • Apples – 7 – 15 hours
  • Bananas – 6 – 10 hours
  • Cherries – 13 – 21 hours
  • Cranberries – 10 – 12 hours
  • Grapes – 22 – 30 hours
  • Kiwi – 7 – 15 hours
  • Pineapple – 10 – 18 hours
  • Strawberries – 7 – 15 hours

These ranges are quite wide.

But that’s because each dehydrator, location, and fruit will differ for everyone.

↓ Recommended Dehydrating Temperatures ↓

You can safely set it and forget it until you reach the lower end of the time range.

At that point, you’ll want to check up on the slices periodically.

So when are they “done”?

It’s a personal preference.

The dryer the fruit is, the longer it will last in storage.

So if building your food stockpile is your main objective, then the dehydrated fruit should be drier, harder, and crisp.

If you plan to eat the fruit or add it to a party mix for the upcoming weekend, you might want to take them off when they still have a little moisture left.

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A Few Extra Dehydrating Fruit Tips

Choose mature fruits.

They tend to have higher nutritional value and are rich in sugars.

But, avoid ones that have bruises or are overripe.

Before drying fruit, you have to wash and rinse it properly.

You’ll want to remove any wax or pesticides on the fruit.

Cut the fruits into small pieces for the best results.

About 1/8 of an inch is what I recommend.

Expect the fruits to be pliable when done.

You can easily bend or tear it apart but do not expect it to snap.

A Few Factors That Can Affect Results

Dehydrator Model

The model of the food dehydrator can sometimes affect the results.

Older models might not give you the outcome you prefer.

Newer models are equipped with extra features that give you more control which might improve your overall results.


Humidity will most definitely affect your results.

High humidity will extend the drying time, while low humidity will reduce it.

Amount of fruit slices in the dehydrator

Not all dehydrators are capable of lots of fruit.

Do not be tempted to cram more slices in than what you’re dehydrator is designed for…


The lower the temperature, the longer it will take.

Some people recommend using a reduced temperature range of 105-110 degrees to help preserve more of the fruit’s natural nutrients and enzymes.

The Nature of the Fruit

All fruits and different varieties of fruits will dry a little bit differently.

More Than One Kind Of Fruit

Mixing and matching different fruits within the dehydrator will create unique flavors.

Give it a try.

Adding dehydrated fruit to your family’s emergency food stockpile is easy and smart.

Final Thoughts

Just follow the directions, and you’ll have a nice stash of fruit for short-term or long-term survival scenarios.

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