Drying peaches at home

Drying peaches in our kitchen

So the season of fresh peaches has waited. Save some of these delicious peaches this year by drying them out. I love drying peaches for a snack on long walks.

Drying peaches
Peach Chips

The best way to get a quality product is to dry peaches in a food dehydrator in your kitchen. With the help of heat exposure, you can significantly extend the shelf life of any fruit. Peaches are no exception. During the drying process, they slightly change their taste but do not lose their beneficial properties.

Dried fruits have long taken root in our kitchens and tables, falling in love both as ingredients for numerous dishes and as a particular delicacy. But not everyone knows that in addition to the well-known dried apricots, prune and raisins, there is also such a variety of dried fruits as drying peaches.

Fruits
Healthy dried fruits

Due to the dehydration of all the liquid substances, dried peaches are a relatively high-calorie and nutritious product. The nutritional value of dried peach fruit is 254 kcal. The sugar content is about 15%. Dried peaches are not suitable for a diet, but they can benefit from their high nutrients.

Drying peaches
Peach changes color when dehydrated

Which fruits are good for dehydrating peaches?

For dried peaches to preserve as many valuable vitamins and microelements as possible, it is necessary to observe the technology of their preparation accurately. To choose the suitable fruits correctly. Should understand that overripe, under-ripe, damaged, and ы cannot use too soft fruits for these purposes. Because during the drying process, they will begin to deteriorate and lose their properties. It is advisable to make blanks from ripe sweet and sour peach varieties with pink or pale yellow flesh. Drying peaches may darken as they become dehydrated. Use lemon juice and water to blanch peaches.

How thick are the peaches to cut?

Peaches are usually too large to dry in half, although I could flatten the halves with a press to knead them a little. Ideally, we can cut the peach halves into segments about 1/2 inch thick. This thickness ensures that the dried elements but do no dry either long.

Drying peaches
Slices of dried nectarine and peach

Drying peaches and nectarines In a dehydrator and oven

Nectarines can be dehydrated, just like peaches. They have a leathery shell; therefore, you do not need to peel it from the skin.

Ingredients:

  • fresh, ripe peaches, washed and peeled
  • lemon juice

How to dehydrate in a dehydrator

  • Desired, peel the peaches before drying. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the peaches. Cook for 10-30 seconds until the skin begins to separate. Let the peaches cool before peeling and slicing them in. There is no need to purify nectarines. Be sure to cut out bruises and soft spots.

* Dehydrate the peach without the peel for further cooking in pie and oatmeal fillings or homemade dried fruit sweets.

Peach
Peach is easy to peel when placed in hot water
  • Slice the fruit lengthwise into wedges about 1/2 inch thick.
Peach wedges
Peach without skin
  • To prevent browning, dip the fruit slices in lemon water (1 tablespoon of lemon juice for each glass of water) while you cut them. Drain well and pat dry with a paper towel.
 Slices fruit
So that the slices do not darken, blanch the peach in water with lemon
  • Place on mesh trays to drain, making sure the fruit does not overlap. Dry at 130 °F (ca. 54 °C) for 10-12 hours. Start checking after 6 hours; if dehydrating in a vertical dehydrator, swap the trays. Dehydrate until the slices are dry and leathery, but still pliable.
Fruit
Peach on a wire rack dehydrator

How to dry peaches and nectarines in the oven

It’s easy to use the oven to dehydrate peaches, but you may have to splurge on some extra grates.

  • You will need several grates to arrange the peaches as warm air circulates them.
    Set the oven to the lowest temperature, preferably with the fan. If you do not have an oven fan, keep the door open for air circulation.
  • Check for dryness after 5-6 hours and turn the stands periodically. It will take 6 to 12 hours to dehydrate the peaches in the oven completely.

Dehydrating peaches

 

* To give dried peaches a special taste, you can season with your favorite spices before dehydration. For example, sea salt or lemon salt will accentuate the sweetness of the fruit, while cinnamon will remind you of Christmas.

** Store drying peaches, like any dried fruit at home, in a linen bag, an airtight container, or a resealable bag in a cool place. The air in the room where ы will store the peaches should be as dry as possible, as humidity can cause mold on the product. When stored properly, dried peaches last for a year.

Drying peaches

Drying peaches and nectarines

Mary
With the help of heat, you can significantly extend the shelf life of any fruit. Peaches and nectarines are no exception.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Total Time 12 hrs 15 mins
Course Dehydration
Cuisine American, European
Servings 5 trays
Calories 253 kcal

Equipment

  • Food Dehydrator

Ingredients
  

  • 1500 kg Peaches
  • 1500 kg Nectarines
  • 1 piece Lemon

Instructions
 

Cooking in a dehydrator

  • Desired, peel the peaches before drying. Bring a pot of water to a boil and add the peaches. Cook for 10-30 seconds until the skin begins to separate. Let the peaches cool before peeling and slicing them in. There is no need to purify nectarines. Be sure to cut out bruises and soft spots.
    Peach
  • Slice the fruit lengthwise into wedges about 1/2 inch thick.
    Peach wedges
  • To prevent browning, dip the fruit slices in lemon water (1 tablespoon of lemon juice for each glass of water) while you cut them. Drain well and pat dry with a paper towel.
    Blanch peaches
  • Place on mesh trays to drain, making sure the fruit does not overlap. Dry at 130 °F (ca. 54 °C) for 10-12 hours. Start checking after 6 hours; if dehydrating in a vertical dehydrator, swap the trays. Dehydrate until the slices are dry and leathery, but still pliable.
    Peaches

Cooking in the oven

  • You will need several grates to arrange the peaches as warm air circulates them. Set the oven to the lowest temperature, preferably with the fan. If you do not have an oven fan, keep the door open for air circulation. Check for dryness after 5-6 hours and turn the stands periodically. It will take 6 to 12 hours to dehydrate the peaches in the oven completely.
    Drying peaches

Notes

  • To give dried peaches a special taste, you can season with your favorite spices before dehydration. For example, sea salt will accentuate the sweetness of the fruit, and cinnamon will remind you of Christmas.
  • Store drying peaches, like any dried fruit at home, in a linen bag, an airtight container, or a resealable bag in a cool place. The air in the room where ы will store the peaches should be as dry as possible, as humidity can cause mold on the product. When stored properly, dried peaches last for a year.
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Dehydrating peaches

Nutrition

Serving: 100gCalories: 253kcalCarbohydrates: 57.7gProtein: 3gFat: 0.4gSaturated Fat: 0.1gSodium: 144mgPotassium: 115mgFiber: 14.9gSugar: 52.2gVitamin A: 167IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 115mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Dehydrating peaches, Drying peaches, Natural dried fruit
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Dehydrated peaches no added sugar 

 

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