How to Dehydrate Fruit in a Toaster Oven

You can make dried fruits at home, even without a dehydrator

How to Dehydrate Fruit in a Toaster Oven

What is the Best Fruit to Dehydrate? How to dehydrate fruit without a dehydrator? Read our step by step guide to learn how you can dry your fruits in a toaster oven.

Your convection oven or toaster oven will do the job just fine.

Drying fruits in an oven is a pretty straightforward process: just slice them up nicely and bake at a low temperature for a long time.

It’s cheaper than buying them from the grocery store, and a great way to store extra fruits that you won’t be able to eat in time.

In this article, we are going to share with you some examples of fruits that can dehydrate well in your oven.

Let’s dive right in!


How to Dehydrate Fruit in Oven


The method is quite simple.

You’re simply heating up the fruits at low temperature to allow enough water to evaporate and minimize the growth of bacteria.

The typical range to dehydrate fruits is 135 to 225 degrees Fahrenheit. Adjust the temperature to change the texture or speed up the process.

Higher temperature will take out more moisture from the fruits while the lower temperature will have a chewier texture as a result.

And if you go any higher than the recommended 225 degrees, you will most likely end up cooking the fruit instead of dehydrating them.


How to Dry Your Own Fruits


How to Dehydrate Fruit in Oven

Step 1: Prepare the Fruits

Step 2: Soak Them

Step 3: Preheat the oven

Step 4: Put them into the oven.

Step 5: Cure the Dehydrated Fruits

Step 6: Seal the container after 5 days


How to Make Dehydrated Fruit Strip / Fruit Leather?


How to Make Dehydrated Fruit Strip or Fruit Leather

Step 1: Prepare the Fruits

Step 2: The Blend Method

Alternative Step 2: The Heating Method

Step 3: Prepare the Sheet Pan

Step 4: Into the Oven

Step 5: Done

Dehydrated Blueberry Leather

What Fruits Can I Dehydrate?


Almost all kinds of fruit can be dehydrated in your oven, and the process are basically similar.

Here are some example of fruits that dehydrates well in the oven, along with a table of recommended time and temperature.

Fruits that can be dehydrated

Fruits that can be dehydrated

Apples, Apricots, Banana, Pears, Peaches and Citrus Peels can take anywhere from 6 to 10 hours to dry in the oven, depending on how thick you slice them.

If you like thick, semi-chewy slices, cut them thicker and bake at 150 to 200 degrees until they reach the texture you’re looking for.

If you prefer crispy chips, slice them super thin and bake at 225 degrees Fahrenheit.

Just remember to place a pizza screen on top of the fruit slices if you don’t want them to curl up!

Cherries, Berries and Grapes can be dehydrated

Cherries, Berries and Grapes can be dehydrated

Cherries, Berries and Grapes are easier as they require almost zero efforts.

Just wash them thoroughly, spread them onto a baking sheet and pop them into the oven. (Though you may have to pit the cherries first. )

You can leave them in the oven for 10 hours at 135 degrees or cut down the time to 6 to 8 hours at 200 degrees.

Just make sure to check on them more frequently if you’re turning up the heat.

Here’s the table as a general guideline to dehydrating your fruits.


Fruits Dehydration Temperature and Duration


FruitTemperatureDuration
Apples135℉6 hours
Bananas135℉6 hours
Pears135℉6 hours
Peaches140℉6 hours
Plums160℉6 hours
Citrus135℉8-10 hours
Grapes150℉8-10 hours
Cherries150℉12 hours
Strawberries150℉12 hours
Apricots150℉12 hours

Keep in mind that the recommended time are just a guideline. The results will depend largely on the thickness of your fruit slices and the size of your berries.

Feel free to change them to match the texture and amount of time you want to spend.


Conclusion


It is not necessary to buy dehydrator if you’re only making a few batches of dehydrated fruit every now and then.

Although some might say that, using the oven is less energy efficient.

But if we are only making them in small batches yearly, adding another appliance to our kitchen does not seem to justify the cost.

Do you dry your own fruit at home?

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