Dehydrating apricots is a great way to preserve them for long-term storage, and it’s a simple process that can be done using a dehydrator or an oven. Here is a basic recipe for dehydrating apricots:
- Fresh apricots
- Lemon juice (optional)
- Wash and pit the apricots. If desired, you can slice them into halves or quarters.
- If desired, dip the apricots in a mixture of lemon juice and water to prevent browning.
- Arrange the apricots on the dehydrator trays or baking sheets in a single layer, making sure they are not touching each other.
- Dehydrate the apricots at 135°F (57°C) for 6-8 hours in a dehydrator or at the lowest setting in the oven, with the door slightly open, until they are dry and leathery but still pliable.
- Remove the apricots from the dehydrator or oven, and allow them to cool completely.
- Store the dried apricots in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 6 months.
Note: Drying times can vary depending on the size, ripeness, and moisture content of the apricots, so it’s a good idea to check on them periodically and remove them from the dehydrator or oven when they are dry to the touch.
You can also mix the apricots with sugar or honey, cinnamon, or other spices before dehydrating. It’s also important to note that dehydrated apricots can be rehydrated by soaking them in water or other liquids before eating.