How to Dry Apricots
An apricot is a small, soft stone fruit. It is especially suited to drying because of its sweet flesh. Homemade dried apricots can be dehydrated in the oven or a dehydrator machine. They make excellent snacks or recipe additions.
Drying Apricots in the Oven
Buy or pick your apricots when they are fully ripe.Under-ripe fruit can become sour when dried. If they grow locally in your area, wait for the end of the season “canning specials” when you can get ripe fruit that you can use immediately, instead of keeping it around to eat raw.
Look for big sales at your local supermarket.They will be ripe in late summer, or sometime between July and September, depending upon the year.
Ripen firm apricots by placing them in a paper bag in the window.If you are worried your apricots will become overripe before you have time to dry them, you can place them in the refrigerator for up to a week.
Clean your apricots thoroughly.Soak them for a few minutes in water to loosen dirt and then rinse them with running water. Discard any bruised apricots.
Pit the apricots.You should cut them in half along the indentation, and then you can remove the pit.
Turn the apricots inside out.Push the outside center up, so that there is more flesh exposed to the air. You will dry them with the flesh facing up.
Take a baking sheet and line it with parchment paper.If you have a large wire rack, place it above the rack to reduce drying times.
Lay the apricot halves on the rack, or directly on the parchment paper.Make sure they are spaced evenly apart.
Preheat your oven to its lowest setting.They will dry best at a warming temperature below 200 degrees (93 degrees Celsius). 175 degrees Fahrenheit (79 degrees Celsius) will work well for drying apricots.
Space the oven racks several levels apart.Place the cooking sheets with racks in the oven.
Wait at least 10 to 12 hours for the apricots to dry.Turn them at the halfway mark to ensure even drying. They should be slightly soft but leathery when they are done.
- The cooking time will vary depending upon the size of the apricots and the temperature at which you dry them. It will take less time to dry at 175 than 150 degrees.
Drying Apricots in a Dehydrator
Choose your ripe apricots.Clean them with fresh water, just as you did in the oven drying method.
Pit the apricots.Slice them along the indentation with a paring knife. Remove the pit and discard.
Separate the halves and turn them inside out.Leave the skins on. You need to press the outside center until the flesh spreads out.
Remove your dehydrator racks.Spread the apricots onto the racks with the flesh facing up. Make sure there is space between each piece of fruit for increased airflow.
Replace the racks.Set the dehydrator at 135 degrees Fahrenheit (57 degrees Celsius). Read your manual to determine if this is the low, medium or high setting on your dehydrator.
Wait approximately 12 hours or until the timer goes off.Larger apricot halves will take longer.
Store dried apricots in sealed glass canning jars.Place them in a cool, dark place, such as a pantry. They will last several months.
QuestionCan I dry apricots with red chili to give them some spice?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerAbsolutely. Sprinkle the red chile powder over the apricots before you put them in the dehydrator. Be conservative with the amount of powder until you determine the heat level you can tolerate.Thanks!
QuestionHow can I stop an apricot from browning?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTo prevent browning, buy a commercial ascorbic acid product like Ball's Fresh Fruit (contains no sulfites) and mix according to directions, or use a mixture of 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice and 4 cups of water. As you cut the fruit, drop it into the mixture and let it sit for about 10 minutes, then shake the excess fluid off and place the fruit on the dehydrator tray.Thanks!
QuestionCan I add probiotics and turmeric to apricots then dry them in a dehydrator?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou could, but it would probably affect the flavor in an adverse way.Thanks!
QuestionDo I need to turn them inside out?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThanks!
QuestionHow many dried apricots are needed to replace 4 fresh ones in a recipe?wikiHow ContributorCommunity Answer4, after reconstituting them. Pour boiling water over them to cover and let soak for a couple of hours.Thanks!
QuestionHow do I dry apricots with seeds?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerCut them in half and remove the pit. Then follow directions as shown above. All dried apricots are dried halves.Thanks!
I have used ascorbic acid on ripe apricots (beautiful color when put into dehydrator) but while processing half of them will turn black. What causes this and what can I do to eliminate the waste?
Can I turn off the dehydrator after 9 hours and resume the drying process 8 hours later, without the fruit going bad?
How do you store them if they are in a vacuum storage bag
Can be used suger instead of honey to sweeten drying apricots?
What causes white spots on dehydrated apricots?
- Add sweetness to dried apricots by mixing a solution of 1 cup (237 ml) of water, 4 tbsp. (59 ml) lemon juice and honey to taste. Soak them in the solution for a few minutes before setting them on the drying rack.
- Separate your larger apricots and smaller apricots into 2 different batches. If you dry varying sizes, some apricots will become over-dried or others will retain too much moisture and rot.
- You can rehydrate dried apricots by covering them in fruit juice for 2 to 4 hours. Then, you can use them in recipes that call for fresh fruit.
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