Dehydrating Peaches

Peaches are one of my favorite fruits but they rot quickly.  A bag of peaches can be good one day and then mushy the next.  Fortunately for peach lovers, dehydrated peaches taste almost as good as the fresh version.  Dehydrated peaches will last for a couple months and are easy to make.

The first step (and one of the most important) is preparing a mixture to soak the peaches in before they are dehydrated.  If you skip this step, your peaches will become brown while dehydrating.

There are many mixtures to choose from but I have found a mixture of lemon juice and water or a store bought fruit preserver and water to be the easiest.  For lemon juice, I use a squirt of lemon juice for every cup of water.  When using the store bought preserver, make sure to read the directions because each one is different.

mix together the fruit preserver and water in a bowel.

The next step is to slice up the peaches.  When doing this task, remember that the thicker the peach slice, the longer it will take to dry.  I prefer to slice my peaches real thin so they look like chips when they are finished but to each his own.  Once the peaches are sliced, put them in the mixture from the first step and let them soak for five minutes.

Waiting to be dehydrated.

Once the peaches have soaked, the next step is to put them on the dehydrator trays.  When spreading out the peaches, make sure that none of them overlap.  If they overlap, the drying process will take much longer.

A completed tray ready for the dehydrator

Once all of the fruit is on the trays, the last thing to do is wait for fruit to be dehydrated.  Depending on how dry you want your peaches, this should take about eight hours.  To ensure uniform consistency, switch the trays around every 2 hours so one rack doesn't get done before the others.

Peach chips

When determining when the peaches are done, it is important to remember that the more dehydrated they are the longer they will last.  I like to wait until most of the peaches are crunchy like potato chips until I call them done.  If you have some thicker pieces, you can pull the crunchy ones and let the thicker ones continue to dehydrate or put them on top of the pile for first consumption.


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