Oven-Dried Apricots

  • Active Time 5m
  • Total Time 12h 5m

Yield: 1 part fresh=1/3 part dried

ingredients

  • Apricots (or any other food suitable for oven-drying), with stones removed
  • Drying frame or oven rack

directions

Carefully place the apricots halves on the rack (skin side down) in a single layer. Heat the oven to 140 degrees F, add the rack and dry, leaving the oven door propped open with a mixing spoon for 12-14 hours. Use an oven thermometer to check that the temperature stays at 140 degrees F.

Place the dried apricots in a clean, airtight, labeled jar and store.

DRYING TIPS: Airtight glass jars are the best containers for dried food. Always store them in a dark, cool place. Containers should be full so that there is as little air in the jar as possible. Be sure to label and date each jar well.

Note: An oven temperature exceeding 140 degrees is too high because the food may cook on the outside, forming a skin that traps moisture inside. Many ovens cannot be set as low as this, so to make this process work, set it as low as possible. Then use an oven thermometer to check the temperature inside, and experiment with how much to leave the door open to keep the temperature at 140 degrees. Don't overload the oven. Check the trays, changing their positions, from time to time.

Recipe reprinted by permission of Weldon Russell. All rights reserved.

RecID 4060

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