How To Dry Fruits At Home

The main reason for drying fruits is to use them in some foods and desserts in the off-season, and the chances of benefiting from them before spoilage for as long as possible.

In this post, I am going to talk about; here from Cookerdiary’s kitchen; quick home ways to dry your favorite fruits, but you should focus on some important things before the drying process, which are:

  • Choose the fruit suitable for drying, not every piece of fruit is suitable for drying, make sure that it is not damaged or expired.
  • Choose ripe and hard fruits, and stay away from immature or overripe fruits, as they will not dry out properly and will lose their nutritional value.
  • When you choose the fruits to be dried, wash them properly with running water and dry them completely after you have finished washing them.
  • If the fruits are large but ideal for drying, cut them into thin slices. As for those small in size, they are left intact without cutting.

Any leaves, veins, or branches of the fruit to be dried must be discarded.

How to dry fruits in the oven:

  1. Prepare an oven tray and put baking paper in it.
  2. Heat the oven to 200°C.
  3. Put the fruits apart in the tray.
  4. Put the tray into the oven, and the drying hours depend on the type of fruit, ranging from 4 to 8 hours in most cases.
  5. Watch carefully the fruits in the oven from time to time so that they do not burn.
  6. Note: The drying process in the oven takes a long time, so do not try to increase the heat to speed up the drying process, so as not to burn it.

After the time has passed, remove the fruits from the oven, and make sure they are dry and chewy, and not crunchy.

Sun drying method:

  1. Prepare a suitable tray for drying the fruits, put a layer of aluminum foil under the bottom of the tray, then cover it loosely with a cotton cloth, and expose it directly to the sun.
  2. Put the fruits to be dried on the tray.
  3. Wait for several days to get the desired result.

How to store dried fruits:

  • Put the dried fruits in an airtight container and keep it in a cool place, the fruits will keep usable for about a year.
  • You can also put the fruits in food storage bags and keep them in the refrigerator.

Now I would like to be practical and tell you a method of you how to dry figs at home :

Not only for its many health benefits but also for its delicious and sweet taste, so dried fruits are an ideal alternative to a snack that we eat instead of fatty sweets that contain a lot of calories.

In the beginning, we have to choose the figs that are very ripe, because they will be very sweet, which is what is required in the process of drying fruits and figs in particular.

After that, we wash the figs until we get rid of the dust and dirt that they are on, and then we prepare a pot in which we put an appropriate amount of water and leave it on high heat until the water boils well, on the other hand, we have to prepare another bowl containing water and ice.

Now we put each fig in boiling water for a period not exceeding 30 seconds, after that, we take it out and put it directly in cold water that contains ice, and this step is important so that the outer peel of the fig softens and dries faster. It is pointed out here, that if the figs we have are large in size, we have to cut them into small pieces, knowing that we can put them as they are in full size in the water, but cutting them will help them to ripen better.

After the hot and cold water phase is over, we have to prepare a clean tray of an appropriate size, and then put a thin and clean cloth on it, after that, we start spreading the figs on the piece of cloth, before covering the figs with another clean cloth as well, and with this second piece we close all the sides, so as not to infiltrate insects or dust enters the figs. Then we put the tray in a place exposed to the sun for a period of 3 days or more, and every evening we bring the tray into the kitchen so that the moisture does not spoil the figs.

In the end, we save the dried figs in a well-sealed container, so that the dried figs are ready to be served and eaten. It is worth noting that the dried figs can remain edible after keeping them in a container in the refrigerator for several months, and for 3 full years if we keep them in the freezer.

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