Drying Apples & Pears – How to Dry Apples & Pears

drying applesDrying apples and pears has become very popular since they make such a lovely snack sweet.

Although we’re exhorted to ‘eat 5 a day’ don’t forget that they’re quite high in sugars and everything in moderation.

The method detailed below is for drying apples or pears in an oven but if you’ve a dehydrator then follow the instructions with your machine. They’re probably best dried using a dehydrator as it can take 12 hours for them to dry.

In warmer, sunnier places like Australia a solar dryer is the sensible option for drying apples or pears. In wet west Wales where we live it would be a source of great amusement!

How to Dry Apples and Pears

  1. Peel and core the Apples or Pears.
  2. Apples should be cut into ¼” (5mm) rings and pears into halves or quarters depending on their size.
  3. Place the pieces into a bowl of cold salted water immediately for a few minutes to prevent discolouration. Use about 2 oz (56 g) of salt to each 1 gallon (4.5 litres) of water.
  4. Lift out with a perforated spoon and pat fully dry with kitchen roll or using a clean tea towel.
  5. Place the pieces of fruit in single layers on a drying tray (a grillpan tray will do the job) and cover with a piece of clean muslin to keep the fruit clean whilst it is drying.
  6. Put into the oven at the lowest temperature you can get – 50°C/120°F/Gas Mark 0 for around 8 to 10 hours. To keep the temperature of the oven low you can leave the door ajar but if you do be careful of children and pets.
  7. Check that they are fully dry by pressing 2 or 3 pieces together and, if they feel rubbery and spring back into shape, they are ready.
  8. Remove from the heat source and leave covered for about 12 hours to cool and avoid any condensation in a dry place with some airflow if possible.
  9. Pack into wooden or cardboard boxes lined with greaseproof paper or, alternatively, airtight jars or containers and store in a very dry place.



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