Dried Apricots

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.

Apricots, Dried


  • 25 pounds ripe apricots, pitted and halved


  1. Place in a single layer on your dehydrating trays.
  2. Set dehydrator to 140 degrees and let them dry for 12 hours.
  3. After 12 hours, turn each half inside out and continue drying until leathery, about 6 – 12 hours.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

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