How to dry kiwi fruit

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How to dry kiwi fruit
Kiwis take less time than most fruits to dry. (Chris Ted/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Drying fruit helps preserve the quality and taste of the fruit for a long time. Kiwis take less time than most fruits to dry, but plan to spend about four to five hours to complete the drying process.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Kiwi
  • Knife
  • Oven
  • Waxed paper
  • Baking tray

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Prepare a salt solution with three teaspoons of salt to 4.5 litres (1 gallon) of water. This will prevent the kiwi fruit from losing its colour. Set aside salt solution.

  2. 2

    Wash the kiwis. Peel off the skin. Cut out any imperfections of the fruit such as bruises, decayed spots or damages parts.

  3. 3

    Cut the kiwi into slices. The slices should be about 6 mm (1/4 inch) thick.

  4. 4

    Dip the fruit into the salt solution. This prevents discolouration and browning.

  5. 5

    Lay waxed paper on a baking tray. After dipping the kiwi slices in the salt solution, place them on the waxed paper. The waxed paper prevents a reaction between the metal baking tray and the fruit.

  6. 6

    Heat the oven to 60 degrees C (140 degrees F). Place the baking tray in the oven and bake the kiwis for four hours.

  7. 7

    Stir the kiwis every two hours for even drying and to prevent them from sticking to one another.

  8. 8

    Timing may vary so test the fruit every time you stir it. Fruit should not be brittle; instead it should be soft and pliable with no moisture.

  9. 9

    Cool the kiwis completely before storing them in an airtight container.

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