How to Make Dried Fruit (Using Your Oven)

We all know the obvious, you can dehydrate fruits in a dehydrator, but did you know that you can do it in the oven as well? Yes, that’s right, you can have delicious dehydrated fruits without having to buy an expensive machine to do it!

Prep Your Fruit

Choose a ripe or just over-ripe fruit or berry

Wash it using cold water

Remove and spots or blemishes

Remove any pits

Remove any stems

Cut and slice the fruit evenly, this is to ensure that they dry in the same time frame

You can remove the skins, but it is not necessary:

Some fruits such as peaches, nectarines, and apples dry better if the skin has been removed.

Soak It

To keep the fruit visually appealing, and to minimize discoloration, soak the fruit in lemon juice and water for 10 minutes. Drain and blot using a lint-free towel.

To the oven

Preheat the oven to 130-160F; using a lower temperature for thins sliced fruits like apples or peaches. Strawberries and other whole berries require a hotter temperature.

Place parchment paper onto sheet pans and arrange the fruit in a single layer, but do not allow anything to touch. Top with a pizza screen or a silicone pan liner to keep them from curling as they dry. Place the fruit into an oven and rotate every two hours.

General Cooking Times

Plums    6 hours

Pears    6 hours

Peaches 6 hours

Bananas 6 hours

Apples    6 hours

Grapes    8-10 hours

Citrus Peel 8-10 hours

Cherries 12 hours

Strawberries 12 hours

Apricots 12 hours

Cure it

When the fruit is ready, remove from the oven and place the fruit into a glass or plastic container to “cure.” Leave the container open for 4-5 days so that any moisture left from the drying process can evaporate. Shake the container at least once a day to move the fruit around.