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Easy Ways to Dry Fruit in the Oven: 13 Steps (with Pictures)

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To dry fresh fruit in the oven, first wash and peel the fruit, then remove any cores, stems, or inedible seeds. Next, slice the fruit into pieces of uniform size and thickness. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and spread the fruit out on it in a single layer so that the pieces don’t touch or overlap. If possible, preheat your oven to 140 °F (60 °C). If it doesn’t have a temperature setting that low, set it no higher than 200 °F (93 °C). Put the baking sheet in the oven and leave the oven door open about 2 inches (5.1 cm) to improve air circulation and keep the fruit from overheating. Every 30 minutes, use a spatula to move the pieces of fruit around, since this will help them dry more evenly. It should take about 4-8 hours total to dry the fruit pieces completely, but start checking regularly after about 3 hours to make sure they aren’t cooking or over-drying. Once the fruit is as dry and chewy as you like, take it out of the oven and let it cool overnight on the baking sheet. Store your dried fruit in an airtight container. It should stay good for up to 1 year if you keep it in a dry, dark place, such as a cabinet or pantry.

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