How to dry oranges, apples and pomegranates

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How to dry oranges, apples and pomegranates
Dry fruit to preserve its nutritional value. (iStock/Getty Images)

Drying apples, oranges and pomegranates and other fruit is a simple, eight-step process. Drying fruit is a healthy way to maximise its lifespan and preserve its nutrition. Dried fruit can also be used in a variety of arts and crafts, such as homemade wreaths or dried flower arrangements.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Knife
  • Lemon juice
  • Oven
  • Paper or cloth towel
  • Baking tray
  • Resealable bags or glass containers

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Slice pomegranates, apples or oranges into slices around 6.5 mm (1/4 inch) thick. If desired, cut off the peels.

  2. 2

    Soak the fruit in lemon juice for 20 minutes to preserve its colour.

  3. 3

    Pat the fruit dry with a cloth or paper towel.

  4. 4

    Put the fruit slices onto a baking tray. Place in the oven.

  5. 5

    Cook at 65 degrees C (150F) for five hours.

  6. 6

    Check the fruit after several hours. If the edges of the slices are curling, turn them over.

  7. 7

    When the fruit is fully pliable, remove it from the oven and let it cool.

  8. 8

    Store the dried fruit in a resealable bag or an airtight glass jar.

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