Like many other types of fruit you can dry citrus like oranges, lemons and limes. It makes for a interestingly chewy product that can be very tart and biting. While not my favorite type of dried produce it can make for an interesting component of a homemade trail mix or camping food.
Drying out citrus is a lot like drying other produce with some of the same basic steps.
Select only the best ripe citrus like you would with other types of fruit and carefully wash.
Next slice the citrus into even quarter inch thick slices and then cut those slices in half again so you have a bunch of half slices. Sometimes you will have to remove seeds before you begin drying.
After you have the half slices you still need to completely remove the rind so you just have the actual fruit itself.
Place on the dehydrator trays with space in between each slice and dry for 6-8 hours depending on your unit.
Place dried slices in a jar with a good seal so they don’t go bad and enjoy.
Drying food is a tradition of food preservation that goes back for thousands of years and is an effective way to keep food safe to eat for long periods of time. Fruit is by far one of the easiest things to to dry out safely and many different types of fruit can preserved in this way.
In this article I am going to talk about the simple method of dehydrating apples using a home dehydrator unit. Every unit is a bit different so drying times and capacity will vary depending on what unit you have.
Pick only the best firm and crisp apples that do not have any blemishes or bruises. You need to have really good fruit otherwise the drying process will not work effectively.
Peel the apples and then slice and core them so you have slices that are around a quarter inch thick on the fat side.
Place on the dehydrator trays with a little bit of space between a each slice so you get good airflow around every piece.
The drying should take anywhere around 6-8 hours depending on you unit. You will know they are dry when they are slightly brown and have a leathery feeling to them.
Hello my name is Josh Larson and I am the creator of the Green Living Library. Here on the blog you will find updates to content found in the Green Living Library as well as stories from those living the sustainable life already.