Dehydrating peaches is one of the easiest ways to store a bounteous harvest. Learn to dehydrate peaches, and you will have a nutritional fruit that makes an excellent long-term storage food.
When most people think of ways to store their homegrown peaches, canning typically comes to mind. But choosing to dehydrate those peaches instead of canning them have many benefits including the following:
Choose the best possible peaches to dehydrate - no soft spots, worm holes or bruises. You can either leave the skins on or remove them. If you choose the leave the skins on, scrub your peaches to remove the fuzz (and pesticides if you bought your peaches as opposed to growing them yourself).
Like other fruits, peaches will turn brown once they have been cut and exposed to oxygen, so you will need to soak your peaches in either lemon juice, sodium bisulfite or other acidic fruit preserver.
While the dried fruit will taste just as good without lemon juice or other acidic preserver, brown-looking dried fruit isn't as visually appealing. Also, it will be harder to get your children to eat brown dried fruit. So add either lemon juice or other acidic preserver.
Cut the peach all the way around. Then twist the peach, and it should separate in two sections. Cut and twist each half, and the pit should free more easily from the flesh. Slice your peaches and drop them in your acidic solution.
Once you have finished preparing all your fruit, drain your slices and place them close together, but not touching on your dehydrator trays. Don't stack the slices on top of each other, or your fruit won't dry properly.
Let your dehydrator run anywhere from six to twenty four hours or until the peach slices are pliable. Rotate the trays periodically for even drying.
Oxygen will age and spoil your fruit, so once you have finished dehydrating peaches, store the slices in a quart-sized jar and either vacuum seal the jar or add an oxygen absorber and seal the lid on tightly.
Store the jars in a cool, dark place.
Properly stored, dehydrated peaches could last ten years or longer.
If mold starts growing on your dried foods, throw the whole package out.
Related article: Finding the right dehydrator for you.
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