Drying the fruits of each season makes you enjoy the delicious taste of this fruit in other seasons as well. Preparing fruit chips is one of the best ways to store them throughout the year.
In addition to all the nutrients and vitamins, dried fruits can be used as a healthy and nutritious snack for all age groups. This section has provided different storage methods and drying autumn and winter fruits such as oranges, berries, kiwis, and other fruits.
Drying methods for oranges, apples, and bananas
– Use the oven
Cut the fruits into rings after washing. Fruit slices should not be too thin or thick. Put the fruit rings in the oven tray. Set the oven temperature to low.
The drying of fruits depends on their thickness, and it takes between one to three hours to dry. During this time, check the fruits regularly and turn them upside down. Remove dried fruits from the oven.
– Use a radiator or heater
Another way to dry fruits is to use a radiator or heater. Place the fruits on a piece of foil and then place them on the stove. After a couple of days, pick the dried fruits.
Note: Apples and bananas turn black after being cut. Oranges also become bitter after drying. It would be better to put them in a mixture of lemon juice, honey, or sugar before placing them on the oven tray. This syrup will also make them shiny.
To flavor the apples, you can pour some cinnamon on them.
Place each fruit separately in the oven as the drying times vary.
Cover the tray surface with baking paper so that the fruits do not stick to the tray.
Set the oven temperature to the lowest temperature.
– Drying kiwi using a dryer
Fresh kiwis are suitable for drying. Wash the kiwis and after removing the skin, cut them into thin sheets 5 mm thick. If you wish, you can also dry kiwis with their skins, depending on your taste.
Kiwi does not need lemon juice to prevent blackening. After looping, please place them in the dryer and set the temperature to 135 degrees Fahrenheit or 75 degrees Celsius. Kiwis usually dry after 5 to 12 hours.
– Dry the kiwi using the oven
Cover the oven tray with baking paper and place the kiwi slices on it. Set the oven temperature to 130 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Turn the oven tray every two hours to dry the kiwis evenly.
When the kiwi slices are slightly flexible and have a leathery texture, could you turn off the oven and let them cool?
Pour the kiwi chips into a sealed container and store in a cool, dry place. If the kiwis’ texture is flexible, it means they have some moisture, so you should keep them in the refrigerator.
– Drying kiwi using sunlight
This simple method takes a few days to choose hot and sunny days to dry the kiwi. Place the kiwi rings on a stainless steel mesh and expose them to direct sunlight. Place the net on a pedestal so that air can flow through all parts and dry faster.
At night, move the kiwis indoors as the cool night air creates moisture in the kiwis.
Check the kiwis’ drying rate every day until they are as dry as they should be, and after cooling, pour them into a sealed container and store in a cool, dry place.
Tip: To prepare chips, you should choose fresh, healthy, and stain-free fruits so that they have a pleasant taste after drying.
– The proper method of oven drying
Wash the fruits well and cut them into 3 to 6 mm thin slices or thin slices.
Cover the tray’s bottom with aluminum foil or greaseproof paper and place the sheets at a suitable distance from the tray.
Set the oven temperature to the lowest possible setting, around 50 ° C.
After a while, turn the pieces upside down to dry both sides.
Be careful not to over-dry or burn the cuts.
The time required to dry in the oven is about 6 to 8 hours.
After removing the tray, let them dry.
The correct way to dry in the sun
Another way to dry the fruit is to use sunlight. After slicing, place them in a suitable container such as a tray or basket and then place them in direct sunlight.
To prevent the absorption of dust, put a net cloth on the fruits.
As mentioned, cool night air creates humidity, so bring fruits indoors at night.
The time required for the fruit to dry, depending on the humidity, is between 2 to 4 days.
Drying with a fruit dryer:
To use the fruit dryer, place the slices at a suitable distance in the machine, set the temperature to 57 ° C, and wait until the fruits are dehydrated. Move the fruits regularly until they are dry.
Wash the persimmons and cut them into half-inch rings. To flavor persimmon chips, you can soak them according to your taste in ingredients such as lemon juice, coconut sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt before drying.
Drying persimmons using a radiator or heater
Use aluminum foil to dry the persimmon on the stove or heater. Place these slices on the radiator or heater and place the persimmon rings on it to dry on low heat.
Drying persimmons in the oven
put the persimmon rings on baking paper or foil sheets in the oven tray and place them in the oven for one hour. After an hour, turn the persimmons upside down and place them in the oven for another hour until they look crispy and golden enough.
Put the persimmon chips in a sealed container after cooling and store them in the refrigerator.
Drying persimmons with the sun
If you live in a sunny area in the fall, you can quickly dry fruits such as persimmons using sunlight. Place the persimmon slices on a tray and dry them in the sun.