How To Make Dehydrated Peaches In A Dehydrator
Drying peaches is so easy! If you like dried fruits then you need to try dehydrated peaches. They are a health and nutritious snack that will last for up to 6 months! Not only are they delicious on their own, but also taste amazing in trail mix, granola bars, and when making jellies and jams!
Servings: 8 people
- 8 fresh peaches
- ½ cup water (optional)
- 3 Tablespoon lemon juice (optional)
Removing The Peelings
While you can use a knife to peel the skin, the best way to peel a peach is by blanching. To do this, bring a large pot of water to a boil, just enough to cover the peaches.
Lower the temperature and place the each peach into the hot water and blanch for 30 seconds. Then remove the peaches and place them in a large bowl filled with ice and water.
Allow them to sit in the ice bath for 1-2 minutes and then remove and place them on a towel. Pat to dry.
The peach skin should be easy to remove with your fingers. Expert Tip: Use a sharp knife to make a slit in the skin to get the process started.
Once the peaches are peeled and you have removed the pit, cut them into slices, about ¼ to ½ inch thick.
Next, place the peach slices directly on the food dehydrator trays, ensuring they don't touch.
Set the dehydrator temperature to 125°F and dry the peaches for 12 hours. When done, remove the trays from the dehydrator and remove the dried peaches. Enjoy immediately!
- I typically dehydrate 8-10 peaches at a time. When they are on sale, I buy them in bulk so I can make multiple batches for snacking, as well as for storing.
- Peach halves take longer to dehydrate and are harder to snack on so I like dehydrating peach slices instead of halves.
- The easiest way to cut a peach is to hold it vertically with the stem upwards. Using a sharp knife, insert the blade until it hits the pit. Slowly roll the fruit around the blade of the knife so that the blade is touching the pit the entire time until you're back where you started cutting. From there, put down the knife and hold the peach in the palm of your hands. Twist the fruit to separate. You should now be able to easily remove the pit with your fingers and cut the fruit into slices
- A lot of recipes call for pretreating sliced peaches in a lemon juice solution before dehydrating. The purpose of this is to reduce browning of the fruit. This is an optional step. I've never done this when dehydrating peaches and I've never had a problem with the fruit browning.
Frequently Asked Questions
How can I tell when dehydrated peaches are done?
They will take around 12 hours to dehydrate at 125°F. They should be a bit pliable and chewy. If they break in half when bent or are crunchy, they are overcooked.
How long do dehydrated peaches last?
If stored in an airtight container at room temperature, they will last for at least 6 months, if not longer.
Do I have to peel the peaches before dehydrating?
No, you can dehydrate them with the peelings on or you can remove the peelings. The dehydration process and time won't change.
Can I dehydrate frozen peaches?
Yes! It takes closer to 14-16 hours.
Calories: 59kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Potassium: 285mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 13g | Vitamin A: 489IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 9mg | Iron: 1mg