Friday, 15 January 2010
The first from Savvy Mummy about the methods we use:
Just before Christmas we bought ourselves on of these units (see here on this link) as we prefer to dry some fruits inside during our dusty summers.
Many folks dry their fruit outside just on frames or in solar dryers. Like on this link
Doc made this rack (see this link) last year for the grapes which worked really well but the apricots were a bit stickier and it's been really windy (and dusty) this year so we didn't use it this time.
We don't use anything to dip the Apricots to preserve them. Occasionally with bananas or apples we might use lemon juice or pineapple juice to keep them a light colour but we have dried these successfully without any dipping.
Matron asked about the colour of the dried fruit and this I have found interesting. As Matron pointed out chemicals are usually used to keep the bright orange colour of apricots after they are dried and when these chemicals are not used the fruit does tend to go very dark.