I have a 10-tray food dehydrator so I was able to really load it up with fruit, 25 pounds to be exact. After grabbing a bushel of apricots from a family in Riverdale for $25 / bushel, I made jam and dried some apricots. Here’s the lovely recipe for homemade dried apricots.
- 25 pounds ripe apricots, pitted and halved
- Place in a single layer on your dehydrating trays.
- Set dehydrator to 140 degrees and let them dry for 12 hours.
- After 12 hours, turn each half inside out and continue drying until leathery, about 6 – 12 hours.
- To determine when apricots are dry by touch, remove a piece of fruit and allow it to cool. The apricot should be pliable and no moisture should be visible when a cut edge is pressed.
- To control mold growth either freeze or vacuum pack the dried apricots.
- Add sweetness to dried apricots by mixing a solution of 1 cup (237 ml) of water, 4 tbsp. (59 ml) lemon juice and honey to taste. Soak them in the solution for a few minutes before setting them on the drying rack.