Dehydrated peach is a great healthy and nourishing snack.
You can make them at home too. The task is almost effortless!
What are dehydrated peaches?
Dehydrated peaches are slices or strips of peaches that were left to dry over a period of time.
The idea is to preserve the fruits by taking out the water content.
The juices in the fruits accelerate the spoiling of a fruit and if you dry them, they will hold up longer.
It's an age-old technique to store fruits over a longer period of time, such as over a cold and food-scarce winter period.
Other preservation techniques are fruit jams and preserves, pickling, and food curing techniques as in cured meat and cured fish.
Homesteaders and people who grow a lot of foods do all these things but you can do too if you like to snack on healthy peach chips.
3 Options to dry peaches
There are different ways to dehydrate peaches, you mainly have 3 options.
I only use one of the 3 options because it's the best in my opinion but you can pick whichever you prefer.
Dehydrator (best option)
A dehydrator is a food drying tool, which slowly dries out fruits over a period of time.
Its job is just to dry fruits, vegetables, and herbs at a very low temperature, without damaging the ingredients.
It consists of the main heating part and racks can be stacked and removed over that.
You can easily control the temperature that way and you don't need to do anything else. Just leave it to work and your fruits are drying evenly and in a more hygienic environment.
The downside is that you need a separate device. Yet, if you plan on drying more fruits in the future then it's well worth buying a dehydrator.
The cheapest and oldest method to dry fruits and other foods.
Spread your fruit pieces on a tablet or similar and keep them in the sun.
The downside is that you have to keep an eye on the weather, it shouldn't rain and it's not the most hygienic method. Dust can fall on your fruits.
Dryin in your oven
You can also use your oven to dry fruit slices.
The problem is that most ovens don't have a lower setting than 210 Fahrenheit/ 100 Celsius.
The best drying temperature is 120 Fahrenheit/ 50 Celsius.
So, if you have an oven that can be set at 120 Fahrenheit/ 50 Celsius or even less then you can use it the same way as a dehydrator.
But know that an oven doesn't dry fruit as equally as a dehydrator, so some parts tend to get too dry and others do not.
That's why I prefer using a dehydrator.
How to dry with a dehydrator?
I recommend drying with a dehydrator. Here is an overview of how it's done.
The details are in the printable recipe card below.
Cut firm peaches close to the pit.
You can quarter and slice, or cut around the core. You can also peel your peaches.
Place and spread peach slices over dehydrator tray.
Dry peach slices chewy or crispy, to your needs.
Store or eat up.
Your peach slices can be flavored before you dry them!
Sprinkle any of the following in small quantities over your fruit slices:
- ground cardamom
- ground cinnamon
- ground chili pepper powder
- apple pie spice or pumpkin pie spice
Store your dehydrated peach slices in airtight containers or zip lock bags.
They can be also placed into vacuum bags to increase the shelf-life.
You don't need to refrigerate or freeze your dried fruits (except if you live in a tropical climate).
Keep the dried fruit pieces away from direct sunlight, humidity and heat.
If prepared and stored the right way, they will be good for about 6-12 months.
You can peel your peaches but you don't have to. I peeled some and some I didn't, simply to show you how it's done and to give you an option. Personally, I think they look better with the peel on, and removing the peel is an extra task.
Follow the instructions as per your booklet that came with the device. Newer devices can be left on overnight.
Follow the instructions in your dehydrator manual. Set temperature between 135 – 145 Fahrenheit/ 57- 62 Celsius.
Yes you can, both fruits, peaches and nectarines are very similar, just the skin is different.
Choose firm ripe fresh peaches. Try to avoid using over ripe peaches because they are mushy and not suitable for drying.
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Dehydrated Peach Recipe
- 2.2 pounds Peaches fresh
- Rinse your peaches to get rid of impurities. Pat dry and weigh them if needed.
- Cut your peaches into slices. To do that either quarter them first and cut around the seed core or directly cut around the pit (like a mango). You can also peel your peaches first you like. Another option is to cut peaches in half and then into slices for larger slices.
- Turn on your dehydrator and keep on a medium heat setting. Set temperature between 135 – 145 Fahrenheit/ 57- 62 Celsius.
- Place dehydrator trays over your heating device and spread fruit slices over that. Make sure that they don't overlap each other. Each peach slice should be on its own so that they dry properly.
- Dry peach slices for about 8-14 hours, depending on the thickness of your slices and depending on how you want them. After 8 hours they are chewy, after 12 hours crispy. If you want to store them for a long time (10 months) dry them for about 10-12 hours. The wetter they are, the sooner you will need to consume them. Turn the fruit slices after a few hours to dry evenly.
- Take from the trays and store in an air tight container or in a zip lock bag.
- The fruit weight in the ingredients is with the seed core in.
- Try to cut your peach slices to the same thickness so that they dry all the same.
- You can adjust the drying duration to your needs. If you want your peach slices to be chewier, then dry them for about 8-10 hours only. If you want crispy peach slices that are good for much longer, then dry them for about 12-14 hours. The drying duration also depends on the peach slice thickness. If it's sliced thinner, it will dry through faster.
- Quantity for 2.2 pounds fruits/ 1 kg = last picture in step 3 in the post