Why dehydrated fruits?

Dehydrated fruits are hugely popular these days but buying a store-bought bag of dehydrated orange slices for your at-home cocktail garnish or a scoop of dried mango for a quick on-the-go snack can cost a small fortune for a seemingly small quantity! As with most dehydration, making your own dehydrated fruits is a great way to get the most out of your fresh produce and save money.

  • No more filling up your organic bin with wasted overripe fruits as they can now be rescued and converted into your own dehydrated stash of garnishes and healthy snacks.
  • Buy fresh fruit in bulk for a much cheaper price from your local farmer's market or produce store and use it to create your own dehydrated fruits. 

Whilst dehydrated fruits are no substitute for wholesome whole foods in your daily diet, they’re still packed with a heap of nutrients and stacks of flavour, making them a great addition to drinks, breakfast bowls, or as a healthy, all-natural snack for the whole family. 

When it comes to making your own dehydrated fruits, there’s almost no fruit that’s off-limits! 

So, what are the different types of dehydrated fruits and their benefits? Read on to find out.

Dehydrated oranges

DIFFERENT TYPES OF DEHYDRATED FRUITS & THE BENEFITS

dehydrated citrus

Citrus fruits are one of the easiest to dehydrate, and their uses are endless! They make a fantastic fruit garnish for various cocktails and drinks—whether you're running the local bar or restaurant or for your at-home cocktail hour or gathering—they can be used as decoration in potpourri or displayed in jars, and they provide additional flavour to water, tea or even meat and fish dishes. Whilst there may be peak times for certain citrus to be in season in Canada, most are available all year round.

If you’re a business owner or fan of the citrus garnish for your homemade drinks, there’s no denying the cost-effectiveness of making your own dehydrated citrus slices over store-bought. Buying pre-made dehydrated orange, lemon, or lime slices can send your costs through the roof, with the number of slices per bag or jar being minimal in comparison to buying fresh. See below for a quick rundown.

Pre-packed dehydrated orange slices 50 g (approx. 15 slices) = $12.95

Oranges each @ Walmart = $1.17

Pre-packed dehydrated lemon slices 50 g (approx. 15 slices) = $12.95

Lemons 4 lb bag @ Walmart = $4.87

Pre-packed dehydrated lime slices 50 g (approx. 30+ slices) = $12.95

Limes each @ Walmart = $0.67

Whilst all citrus fruits are perfect for dehydrating, it’s important to note that during the dehydration process, most will lose their vibrancy of colour and change significantly with the high temperatures. We will look at this in further detail later, as there are ways to pre-treat the fruit to help maintain its colour and quality. To ensure the most effective, efficient, and even results with dehydrating citrus fruits, we suggest slicing them just over ½ a cm in width (around 6-7 mm), keeping the rind on. 

But without further ado, here’s our list of top dehydrated citrus to get you started!

1. Dehydrated oranges/blood oranges

With a high vitamin C content and a rich source of nutrients and antioxidants, dehydrated oranges deliver a variety of health benefits as well as a sweet, zesty flavour. Being that dehydrated fruits retain their nutritional value much longer than fresh produce, dehydrated oranges are a great snack to pack whilst out camping or hiking or even to enjoy daily. Not only do they provide anti-inflammatory benefits, but they also support the immune system and help to rebuild bone and tissue. 

Any type of orange is perfect to use for dehydration, but keep in mind that during the dehydration process, the flavour is intensified, so the sweeter the orange, the sweeter the flavour! A great garnish for cocktails, drinks, platters, and charcuterie boards, dehydrated oranges can be great decorations for Christmas—added to wreaths, Christmas trees, or table decorations—or as a finishing touch to baked cakes or cupcakes. 

Some other uses for dehydrated oranges include:-

  • Use in hot tea, water, champagne, or spirits for added flavour.
  • Dip half in chocolate and sprinkle with sea salt for a sweet treat.
  • Add to oats, smoothie bowls, and breakfast cereal.
  • Place slices on chicken or fish when roasting or baking.
  • Make your own at-home potpourri or citrus bath infusion.

2. Dehydrated limes

Much like oranges, dehydrated limes are filled with vitamins and minerals that deliver multiple health benefits to the body. A great source of antioxidants and vitamin C, dehydrated limes are low in calories, strengthen immunity, improve digestive health, boost skin health and provide anti-inflammatory benefits. They’re also rich in potassium, which helps to lower blood pressure and cholesterol and support overall heart health, and they contain vitamin D, which strengthens bones and muscle tissue—talk about wonder fruit! 

Delivering a sweetly sour flavour, dehydrated limes are a great decoration for cakes, ice cream, muffins, and cupcakes, and make the perfect garnish for cocktails—think margaritas! Do remember that limes change in colour significantly when dehydrated, often darkening as the natural sugars in the fruit brown from the temperature. We will look at the dehydration process in more detail later, but this is important to know if you’re using them for decorative purposes and were hoping for that lime-green colour. 

Other ways to use dehydrated limes include:- 

  • Added flavour for chicken or fish.
  • A garnish for various cocktails and drinks, including sparkling water.
  • Use for potpourri or decoration in clear jars or canisters.
  • Add to a hot bath for citrus-infused water.
  • Chop and add to soups and stews for incredible flavour.

3. Dehydrated lemons

Dehydrated lemons are loaded with nutrients and antioxidants and are considered one of the best sources of vitamin C, helping to fight against damaging free radicals and protect the body against illness and disease. They’re rich in fibre and low in fat and can support everything from heart and digestive health to assisting with weight loss and boosting hydration. 

Like other citrus fruits, dehydrated lemons make a great decorative feature in jars and canisters or on various Christmas decorations, including wreaths or even tied onto gift wrapping, but as with limes, be mindful that dehydrating will change the colour of sliced lemons from a bright yellow to a darker, orangey tone. Dehydrate a bunch of lemons, limes, and oranges and combine them to create your own pouches or jars of dried drink garnishes as gifts for friends or the dedicated bartender in the family! Whilst it may not be your favourite thing to eat fresh lemon slices, dehydrated lemons provide that same intense citrus flavour, making them a great addition to soups, stews, teas, and hot water. 

The uses for dehydrated lemons are endless—here are a few more suggestions.

  • Decorate cakes, muffins, cupcakes, and slices.
  • Use to flavour fish and chicken dishes. 
  • Perfect for a cocktail, drink, or ice cream garnish.
  • Add to tea, hot water, or fresh/sparkling water for added flavour
  • Make lemonade

4. Dehydrated grapefruit

Grapefruit is one of the most forgiving citrus fruits when it comes to the dehydration process. Unlike its citrus sisters, lemons and limes, grapefruit maintains most of that lovely pinky/orangey colouring when dehydrated and delivers a sweet, tangy flavour too. Filled with nutrients and antioxidants, dehydrated grapefruit is high in vitamins A and B and also rich in potassium, folate, and magnesium, providing a heap of health benefits to the mind and body. Some of the health benefits of dehydrated grapefruit include improving heart health, supporting weight loss and appetite control, and protecting the body against illness and disease. 

As with other citrus fruits, dehydrated grapefruit can be enjoyed and used in various ways. Whether it be as a garnish for a drink or dish, as a healthy snack, or as a decorative touch at your home or business, dehydrated grapefruit adds a tropical touch to almost anything! 

See below for our favourite suggestions. 

  • Flavour your favourite cocktails or use as a garnish—think Paloma, Grapefruit Mojitos, or Margaritas.
  • Add to hot teas such as green tea for added flavour.
  • Use in salads and various sauces.
  • Decorate desserts and sweet dishes. 
  • Use to flavour fish or chicken dishes. 
  • Make potpourri or use as decoration in clear jars and canisters with other citrus fruit.

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dehydrated berries

The sweet, delicious flavour and rich colour of berries make them a great choice for dehydration and can be used in many ways. Not only do they make a great on-the-go snack because they’re super lightweight and perfect for travel, but they’re also a healthy alternative to processed snacks that are filled with artificial sugars, flavours, and preservatives—so you can munch away guilt-free! Dehydrated berries make a great fruit powder (see our dehydrated powders page for further info), which can be mixed through yogurts, cakes, muffins, and pancakes to add a hint of sweetness and colour.

Whole dehydrated berries can be mixed with nuts and other dehydrated fruits to create your own nut/trail mix, added to your smoothie for extra nutrients and flavour, and are also a great topping for oats, porridge, and various breakfast dishes—perfect if you're running your own cafe or brunch spot or just wanna amp up your at-home breakfasts! Or, why not blend fresh berries or combine them with other fruits like peaches, apples, or mangoes to create your very own dehydrated fruit leather—the perfect lunchbox or after-school snack!

Most berries are available year-round in Canada, however, they’re at their best during the warmer summer months. As with citrus fruits, buying pre-made dehydrated berries for your business or home use can result in expensive costs for little quantities. See our quick comparison below.

Pre-packed dehydrated blueberries 1 lb = $18.00

Pre-packed fresh blueberries 1 pt @ Walmart = $2.97

Dehydrated strawberries 500 g = $15.00

Pre-packed fresh strawberries 1 lb @ Walmart = $5.97

Dehydrated cranberries 1 lb = $12.00

Pre-packed fresh cranberries 12 oz @Walmart = $1.97

Dehydrating berries is a great way to get the most out of your fruit too, as it will usually only take a few days for fresh berries to turn mouldy. Whilst some berry varieties have a different pre-treatment process to ensure quality dehydration, once berries have been dehydrated, you can store them for anywhere up to a year and use them as your heart desires. It’s also important to note that the nutrient content in dehydrated berries is way more concentrated as the water content has been removed, which makes them an even better source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants compared to their fresh varieties. 

Check out some of our favourite dehydrated berries below, including their benefits and uses.(Note: Both blackberries and raspberries are actually considered stone fruit (who knew?!) however, we’ve chosen to keep them with their buddies in the berry category).

1. Dehydrated blueberries

Dehydrated blueberries deliver a tonne of health benefits and are super tasty too, making them a perfect choice to snack on when travelling or to keep you going throughout a busy day. Most of us know that fresh blueberries are filled with stacks of nutrients that support optimal health and well-being, and the great thing is that the dehydrated version contains the same! During the dehydration process, the water content is removed, but the vitamins, minerals, and rich sources of antioxidants remain. Being that blueberries are so small in size, you can dehydrate them whole, but the skin will need to be broken to ensure effective dehydration. This can be done either by blanching or cutting, or poking with a knife or skewer. 

Dehydrated blueberries contain exceptionally high levels of antioxidants, which help to fight off damaging free radicals that cause illness and disease, and they’re also a rich source of calcium and fibre, which help to strengthen bones and support a healthy digestive system. Dehydrated blueberries also help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, support blood and heart health, reduce signs of ageing and promote positive brain function and mental health—there’s a reason why they’re considered a superfood!

Super low in fat and calories, dehydrated blueberries can be used in various ways—see our suggestions below. 

  • A delicious addition to morning oats, granola, yogurt, and smoothies.
  • Can be mixed with various nuts and other dehydrated fruits to create your own trail mix.
  • Use in baked goods such as cakes, muffins, or even pancakes. 
  • Mix through salads for a hit of sweetness.
  • Make delicious fruit wraps (more on this later).

To speed up the dehydration process, the skin of blueberries should be broken prior to dehydration. You can do this by either piercing the skin of each blueberry with a sharp knife, blanching so the skin splits, or cutting them in half or even quarters—this will not only enable them to dry quicker but will result in a crispier finished product. 

2. Dehydrated strawberries

Like most other berries, fresh strawberries have a particularly short shelf life and are, unfortunately, not a fruit that you can enjoy all year round as their quality and flavour vary greatly when they’re out of season. Dehydrating strawberries is a great option if you can’t get enough of this sweet fruit, as it preserves both the nutrients and taste, and you can store and use for up to 6 months, providing all the moisture has been removed during the dehydration process. To prep for dehydration, remove the green stems and slice across the strawberries to ½ cm thickness. This will allow them to dry quicker and more evenly. 

Dehydrated strawberries provide significant health benefits and are a rich source of antioxidants, vitamin C, potassium, and fibre. They’re also low in calories, free of fats and cholesterol, and retain their nutrient value once dehydrated. Dehydrated strawberries help to lower cholesterol, boost immunity, act as an anti-inflammatory, promote heart health, and support healthy bowel function, plus, they help to keep you feeling fuller for longer—preventing unhealthy snacking between meals. Being that dehydrated strawberries are also a good source of natural carbohydrates, they’re great to consume pre or post-exercise as they provide you with the energy needed to get through your workout or refuel after an intense session. 

See below for our suggestions on how to incorporate dehydrated strawberries into your diet.

  • Add to morning oats, yogurt, granola, or cereal for some sweet flavour.
  • Mix with nuts for a homemade trail mix.
  • Blend into your morning smoothie.
  • Use as a garnish on various cakes and desserts, either whole, sliced, or crushed.
  • Add to glasses of champagne or as a garnish in various cocktails.
  • Mix through salads for added sweetness.
  • Dip in chocolate for a sweet treat.

3. Dehydrated raspberries

That zesty, sweet flavour from fresh raspberries is just as present in the dehydrated version, making dehydrated raspberries a delicious snack on their own or great addition for both flavour and colour to various dishes. We recommend cutting raspberries in half prior to dehydrating, as this will speed up the dehydration process more than if they were dried whole. 

Low in calories and rich in vitamin C, dehydrated raspberries are rich in antioxidants and minerals such as magnesium, potassium, copper, and fibre and provide multiple health benefits to both the mind and body. The high levels of antioxidants in raspberries make them a powerful superfood that fights against disease and illness, as well as boosts brain function and memory. This makes dehydrated raspberries a great snack not just for adults but for the little ones in your life too, as they can provide nutrients that support learning and brain development. Other benefits of dehydrated raspberries include improving vision, reducing signs of aging, controlling blood sugar levels, and promoting healthy digestion.

Whilst we love munching on dehydrated raspberries as is, there are many wonderful ways you can enjoy them. See below for our suggestions.

  • Use for baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and granola bars.
  • Add as a topping on morning cereals, oats, porridge, and granola.
  • Mix through pancake batter or use as a topping.
  • Combine with other dried fruits or nuts.
  • Blend into your smoothie.
  • Stir through salads for a burst of flavour. 
  • Add to water or other drinks/cocktails for flavour or garnish.

4. Dehydrated blackberries

Dehydrated blackberries are much like dehydrated raspberries in that they deliver a burst of flavour just like their fresh version and can be cut to make the dehydration process quicker. High in vitamins A, C, and K and rich in antioxidants, dehydrated blackberries are super low in calories, fat, and carbohydrates, making them a great choice for those who are looking to lose weight. They’re also high in fibre which promotes a feeling of fullness, therefore preventing unnecessary snacking on unhealthy processed foods, which can contribute to weight gain.

Other benefits of dehydrated blackberries include reducing cholesterol, assisting with digestion, supporting overall blood health, protecting the immune system, improving brain health and function, and producing collagen in the skin.

One thing to keep in mind when dehydrating both raspberries and blackberries is that they’re both filled with a heap of little seeds, which are very much still present in the dehydrated result. After enjoying the sweet, fleshy part of the berries, you’re left with the seeds, which definitely have more of a tart/bitter flavour. You will notice this more, of course, if you’re snacking on dehydrated blackberries on their own, but if you’re mixing them in various baked goodies or as a topping on breakfast dishes, it won’t be so obvious. 

Some of our favourite ways to use dehydrated blackberries include:

  • Add to salads for extra sweetness
  • Use in various breakfast dishes, including pancakes and waffles or as a topping on oats, cereal, and granola.
  • Blend into smoothies.
  • Use in baking cakes, muffins, and cupcakes. 
  • Perfect as a drink or dessert garnish. 
  • Stir through yogurt or ice cream.
Bunch of dried cranberries

5. Dehydrated cranberries

As with all other berries, cranberries need to be cut or have their skin broken prior to dehydrating to make their drying time more efficient and effective. Ensuring that berries are fully dried post-dehydrating will extend their shelf life from anywhere up to 1 year if stored in the pantry or 2 years if kept in the refrigerator, which is recommended for warmer and more humid climates (more on correct storage for dehydrated fruits later).

Dehydrated cranberries offer numerous health benefits, not just for adults but for children and young adults too. Rich in nutrients, vitamins, and antioxidants, dehydrated cranberries have anti-inflammatory properties that support heart health and reduce the risk of chronic disease. Dehydrated cranberries also contain certain antioxidants that prevent bad bacteria from causing infections like UTIs, as well as improve oral hygiene by preventing harmful bacteria from sticking to gums and teeth. Other benefits include boosting collagen and hydration in the skin, supporting weight loss, and assisting with digestion. 

Discover some of our favourite ways to use dehydrated cranberries below. 

  • Mix with nuts and other dehydrated fruits to make a nutritious trail mix.
  • Use in desserts such as various cakes, muffins, and cookies.
  • Use to make a variety of bread, muffins, and scones. 
  • Make homemade granola by mixing dehydrated cranberries with oats, nuts, and seeds. 
  • Add as a topping on morning oats, porridge, or cereal. 
  • Sprinkle into salads.

Feeling inspired? Why not try some of our other nutritious berry suggestions below and create delicious, dehydrated berries to store and use all year round.

  • Goji berries
  • Inca berries
  • Boysenberries
  • Blackcurrants
  • Acai berries

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dehydrated stone fruits

Stone fruits such as peaches, nectarines, and mangoes are super juicy, full of flavour, and a great option when it comes to creating dehydrated fruits. Whilst stone fruits are only in season during the summer in Canada—think July to September—you can buy them in bulk and enjoy their rich flavour and nutritional benefits all year if they’re dehydrated and stored correctly.

Dehydrating stone fruits is also an effective and smart way to get the most out of your fresh produce, as it won’t take long for them to turn and not be in their prime.When dehydrating stone fruits, the fruit should be cut in halves or quarters so the pit can be removed, but you can choose whether to remove or leave the skin on—if you’ve chosen to leave the skin on, place the fruit skin side down on the dehydrator tray. Another tip to ensure effective dehydration is to push on the curved or outside of the fruit inward—pushing the flesh of the fruit forward, which will allow the fruit to dry quicker.

Alternatively, cut the fruit into thin slices, and this will guarantee that the fruit will dehydrate evenly and even faster—we prefer slicing where possible on larger fruits, but smaller stone fruits like apricots, plums, and cherries can be kept in halves, or quarters if desired. To maintain the colour, it's important to pre-treat stone fruit, and this can be done by rinsing in salted water and draining and drying thoroughly before dehydrating (more on pre-treatment and conditioning later).

Pre-packed dehydrated apricots 300 g = $4.47

Apricots per kg @ Walmart = $3.96

Pre-packed dehydrated peaches 1 lb = $22.00

Peaches per kg @ Walmart = $3.96

Pre-packed dehydrated mangoes 150 g = $6.39 

Mangoes each @ Walmart = $1.47

Dehydrated stone fruits can be used in a variety of ways and deliver a sweet, luscious flavour that makes for a delicious snack or tasty addition to any dish, both sweet and savoury. Think breakfast dishes like oats, porridge, and granola, desserts such as puddings, cakes, and pies, or savoury dishes including salads, meat dishes, or charcuterie boards—the ways to use dried stone fruit are endless!

As mentioned above in our berries section, you can also blend various stone fruits, either on their own or combined with other fruits, to create a delicious dehydrated fruit leather for the whole family to enjoy. 

So, what are some of our go-to stone fruits for dehydrating? Check out our list below.

1. Dehydrated plums

Firstly, to clear up any confusion, prunes are in fact, dehydrated plums. It should be said, however that whilst all prunes are plums, not all plums can be made into prunes, and it’s usually the smaller, denser, and less juicy varieties of plums that get turned into prunes. 

Dehydrated plums or prunes deliver a super sweet flavour (more than fresh plums) derived from their concentrated content of natural sugars, so it’s important to be mindful of serving sizes and how many prunes you snack on throughout the day too many can also cause an upset tummy and regular toilet visits!). Whilst they may have more sugars and carbs, they also have a higher concentration of nutrients following the dehydration process. Dehydrated plums provide multiple benefits to our health and well-being and contain a rich source of antioxidants and nutrients, including fibre, magnesium, and potassium, as well as vitamins A, K, and several B vitamins. Dehydrated plums help to reduce inflammation, support digestion and healthy bowel movement, improve bone and heart health and reduce the risk of illness and disease. 

With most plums, we recommend pitting and then either slicing or cutting them into chunks prior to dehydrating. If you have a smaller variety of plums, you can dehydrate them whole and leave the pit in, but you’ll need to blanch them first to break the skin to allow for more effective dehydration. 

Dehydrated plums are a delicious snack on their own, but there are many ways to use them—see below. 

  • Add chopped to cookies, cakes, muffins, scones, or bread in replacement of raisins.
  • Dip in chocolate for a sweet treat.
  • Chop and mix with nuts and various other dehydrated fruits to create a trail mix.
  • Use in a variety of meat dishes (chicken, pork, or beef).
  • Wrap in bacon for a delicious party favour.

2. Dehydrated peaches

Juicy peaches are delicious when dehydrated, giving that burst of flavour to any dish or as a healthy snack. When choosing peaches to dehydrate, there are a couple of things to consider. The firmer the peach, the quicker it will take to dehydrate, however, because they’re not as ripe, you likely won’t get the same sweet flavour that you would from softer peaches. Choose peaches with good colouring, a strong sweet fragrance, and that are slightly soft to the touch—avoid peaches with any bruising or brown spots It’s completely up to you if you wish to remove the skin pre-dehydrating or keep the skin on, but the best way to do this is by blanching or gently using a peeler. We recommend removing the pits by cutting the peach in quarters (they should pop out easily this way) and slicing the peaches evenly to ensure consistency when dehydrating. You can also choose to pre-treat the peaches prior to dehydrating to prevent a change of colour, as they can brown when exposed to heat (more on this later).

Dehydrated peaches provide a lot of nutritional benefits and are a great source of energy, making them a perfect snack for athletes or those who exercise frequently and when hiking or riding. Dehydrated peaches are packed with vitamins A, B, C, and K and minerals, including iron, copper, and magnesium. They’re also high in potassium and low in sodium which supports optimal blood and heart health. Other health benefits of dehydrated peaches include protecting the immune system, strengthening bones, boosting skin and eye health, and supporting digestive health.

Whilst dehydrated peaches are super delicious on their own, there are many ways you can use them in cooking to boost flavour. See our favourites below. 

  • Mix into a homemade trail mix.
  • Use as a topping on morning oats, cereal, porridge, or yogurt.
  • Add to a cheese plate or charcuterie board. 
  • Mix through salads. 
  • Use in baked goods, including cakes, muffins, pies, and scones. 
  • Perfect with chicken and pork dishes. 
  • Partners well with sweet potato and carrots.

3. Dehydrated apricots

Apricots are one of the most popular fruits found in dried fruit and nut mixes and are enjoyed as a sweet, healthy snack, but the benefit of dehydrating your own apricots over purchasing dried apricots is that they’re without the stacks of sugar you’ll likely find in the store-bought varieties. As with plums and peaches, choose apricots that have a little bit of give over the super firm, unripened ones, as these will deliver a sweeter flavour post-dehydration. To prep for dehydration, we recommend removing the pit and either halving or slicing, as suggested with peaches. If keeping in halves, push the back of the apricot inward so it exposes the flesh further, which will allow for a more effective and efficient dehydration process.

Dehydrated apricots are packed with so much goodness, making them undoubtedly one of nature's super-powerful superfoods! Rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, dehydrated apricots and fat-free, low in calories, and filled with flavour. A great source of fibre, potassium, and vitamin A, dehydrated apricots help to lower blood sugar and cholesterol levels, boost brain function and memory, fight off illness and disease, strengthen bones and teeth and support weight control by keeping you feeling fuller for longer. 

As mentioned, dehydrated apricots are a deliciously sweet snack, perfect for school lunchboxes or to keep in your handbag or office desk drawer. Here are some other ways you can enjoy them.

  • Use for baking cakes, muffins, scones, and various pies or pastries. 
  • Add to morning oats, granola, cereal, porridge, and yogurt.
  • Dip in chocolate for a sweet party treat.
  • Chop and sprinkle over desserts, ice cream, or salads.
  • Add to cheese boards.
  • Mix with other dehydrated fruits and nuts to create a homemade trail mix.
  • Use to make stuffing or in various meat dishes.

4. Dehydrated mangoes

Mmmmm mangoes!! Is there a fruit that screams summer more than mangoes? The juicy, rich, sweet flavour of mangoes delivers a delicious treat and a high concentration of nutritional benefits when dehydrated, making it a favourite fruit to snack on or add to various dishes. Being that mangoes are seasonal in the warmer months, buying in bulk and dehydrating means you can store and enjoy them all year round!

Choose your mangoes for dehydrating the same way you would pick your other stone fruit—they shouldn’t be too firm, slightly soft to the touch, but not overripe. With mangoes, you want to remove the pit and the skin, gently cutting the flesh off the pit and peeling back the skin with a small knife. Whilst you can cut thicker slices (which will take longer to dehydrate), we recommend cutting the fruit lengthways, just over ½ cm in width.

Like other dehydrated fruits, dehydrated mangoes offer a more concentrated source of benefits, however, they are high in natural sugars and calories, so it’s important to enjoy them in moderation to avoid high blood sugar or weight gain. Rich in antioxidants and vitamins A, B, and C, dehydrated mangoes also contain folate, fibre, calcium, iron, and potassium which all deliver a tonne of benefits for both the mind and body. Some of these include improving eye health, boosting immunity, supporting digestive health, promoting healthy skin, increasing energy, and reducing stress. Being high in fibre also means they will keep you feeling fuller for longer, therefore, preventing unnecessary snacking. 

Some ways to enjoy delicious dehydrated mangoes? Check out our list below. 

  • Before dehydrating, sprinkle with chilli powder, lime juice, and sea salt to make dehydrated chilli mango.
  • Add to your morning smoothie.
  • Use as a topping on yogurt, cereal, desserts, or ice cream.
  • Chop and mix through salads.
  • Use in baking cakes, muffins, cupcakes, cookies, and scones. 
  • Make various chutneys, jams, or sauces.
  • Create energy balls or dip slices in chocolate and crushed pistachios for a sweet treat. 
  • Combine with pork and various meat dishes.
Sweet dried cherries

5. Dehydrated cherries

Last on our list of favourite dehydrated stone fruits are dehydrated cherries. In Canada, we know that cherry season is in the warmer months of the year and lasts only a short period, from June through to August. Because of the short time that fresh cherries are in their prime and the fact that they can be expensive, purchasing them in bulk when they're slightly cheaper and preserving them through dehydration allows you to enjoy their sweet flavour throughout the year. 

Prior to dehydrating, discard any super soft cherries—we don’t want them overripe— and remove the pit. Because cherries are rather small, de-pitting them can be a tedious task, but we recommend cutting them in half and then quarters—you can keep the stem in whilst cutting if this makes it easier to hold and remove before loading onto the dehydrating trays. Although whole cherries are delicious, cutting them ensures a faster drying time and a more even result. It may require a little more prep work, but will save you hours when dehydrating. 

Dehydrated cherries provide many benefits and are a rich source of vitamins A, C, and E, and minerals calcium and iron. They’re high in antioxidants which work to prevent illness and have anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving benefits. They can help to lower cholesterol, improve digestion and even assist with calming the mind and getting a good night's sleep. 

As with other stone fruits, there are many ways to use dehydrated cherries to add flavour and fun. See below for our suggestions. 

  • Add to nuts and other dried fruits to make your own trail mix
  • Sprinkle over cereal, oats, porridge, and granola
  • Use in baked goods such as cakes, muffins, or pies. 
  • Stir through salads.
  • Make jams, sauces, or compotes.
  • Use as a topping on ice cream, chocolate mousse, or in various desserts.
  • Make fruit cocktails or use to infuse alcohol.

There is an abundance of stone fruits that you can use to create delicious dehydrated treats to enjoy all year—see our other suggestions below. 

  • Nectarines
  • Coconuts
  • Dates
  • Lychees

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other dehydrated fruits

So, we’ve covered citrus, berries, and stone fruits, but what about all the other nutritious and delicious fruits that don’t fall into either of these three categories? With so much goodness, flavour, and ways you can enjoy these dehydrated fruits—either at home or if you’re running a bar, cafe, or restaurant—we had to share and add these to the list of favourites. Don’t forget to check out our quick cost comparison below too.

Pre-packed dehydrated banana 1 lb = $20.00

Bananas each @ Walmart = $0.40

Pre-packed dehydrated pineapple 50 g (approx. 5 slices) = $12.55

Pineapple each @ Walmart = $3.97

Pre-packed dehydrated kiwi fruit 50 g (approx. 35 slices) = $11.55

Kiwi fruit 2 lb @ Walmart = $6.97

So, what are some of our other go-to fruits for dehydrating? Check out our list below.

1. Dehydrated bananas

We all know how quickly bananas can turn bad, so if you’re not freezing them for smoothies or waiting for them to go super ripe for banana bread, then why not preserve them through dehydration—preventing unnecessary food wastage and creating a healthy snack in the process.

If you’re buying bananas in bulk specifically for dehydrating, choose bananas that have slight brown speckling rather than overripe or bananas that are still too green. This will ensure you get maximum sweetness from your dehydrated banana chips. The prep for dehydrating bananas is super easy—simply peel and slice bananas across, anywhere from just under ½ cm to just over. You can cut them in wedges, but slicing them this way will allow them to dry easier and faster. 

Being that the water content is removed during dehydration, dehydrated bananas have a high concentration of nutrients. Rich in potassium, fibre, magnesium, iron, vitamin A, and protein, dehydrated bananas are also high in antioxidants which boost immunity and improve mental well-being. Other benefits include supporting heart and blood health, increasing energy and endurance, promoting healthy digestion, and maintaining healthy skin and bones. 

Ways to enjoy dehydrated bananas? See below. 

  • Use as a topping for cereal, oats, porridge, or yogurt.
  • Dip in yogurt or peanut butter for added sweetness.
  • Mix with nuts and other dried fruits for a healthy trail mix.
  • Dust with cinnamon or sugar for added flavour.
  • Use in cakes, muffins, banana bread, or homemade bars.

2. Dehydrated apples

Dehydrated apples provide a sweet, nutritious snack that’s perfect for the kids’ lunchboxes or in a variety of dishes. You can dehydrate apples so they’re more crispy—think dehydrated apple chips—or take them out a little earlier for a chewy texture (still just as delicious!).

When apples are cut, it doesn’t take long for the flesh to discolour and turn brown—this is called oxidation. Whilst this doesn’t affect the flavour or nutritional value of the fruit itself, you can pre-condition sliced apples in lemon juice prior to dehydrating to minimize the discolouration or get them in your dehydrator quickly after cutting, which will preserve the colour too. To prep for dehydration, cut in quarters to remove the core, then slice or cut into rings approximately ½ cm in thickness. 

Dehydrated apples, like other fruits, have high levels of nutrients that provide a heap of health benefits. A rich source of vitamins and minerals, dehydrated apples contain vitamins A and C, along with high levels of B vitamins which boost metabolism and nourish the skin. Packed with fibre and potassium, dehydrated apples improve blood and digestive health, support mental focus and well-being, and keep teeth and gums healthy. You know the saying—an apple a day keeps the doctor away!

Whilst you can grab apples year-round in Canada, apple picking season usually runs from August to late November—this makes it a perfect time to stock up when apples are in their prime and dehydrating to enjoy their benefits throughout the year. Whether you’re dehydrating Red Delicious, Granny Smith, or Honey Crisp apples, they will all deliver a slight variance of flavour, but their sweet or tart taste will be intensified following dehydration. As mentioned, dehydrated apples are a fantastic snack for kids and adults alike and can be used in a variety of ways to add flavour to dishes. See some of our suggestions below. 

  • Chop and add to mixed nuts or homemade trail mix.
  • Dip in yogurt or peanut butter as a snack.
  • Add on top of oats, cereal, muesli, porridge, or yogurt.
  • Use in baked goods like pies, bread, scones, muffins, or cakes.
  • Add as a garnish to hot drinks like a Hot Toddy, mulled wine, or cider. 
  • Use in Christmas decorations or add to potpourri.
  • Include on a cheese board.

3. Dehydrated pineapple

Fresh pineapple is one of our favourite fruits for dehydrating! Pineapple may be available all year round, but the peak season for enjoying this delicious fruit is November through to February. When buying fresh pineapple, it’s recommended that you eat it within 2 days if kept at room temperature or no longer than a week if refrigerated. Dehydrating pineapple not only maintains all that incredible, zesty, sweet flavour of fresh pineapple with minimal mess, but it provides a much longer shelf life meaning you can enjoy it for months on end. 

To prepare pineapple for dehydration, remove all of the outer layer and core before cutting it into pieces or ring slices of anywhere between ½ cm thickness to 1 ¼ cm thickness—keep in mind that the thinner the slice, the quicker it will take to dehydrate. Dehydrated pineapple will have a slightly chewy texture and is one of those fruits that consistently dehydrate well. 

Dehydrated pineapple contains calcium, potassium, fibre, and manganese, as well as vitamins A, B, and C, therefore providing numerous health benefits to both the mind and body. Some of these benefits include increasing collagen levels in the skin, boosting the immune system, strengthening hair and bones, supporting gum and dental health, and assisting with digestion. Dehydrated pineapple also contains antioxidants, protecting the body against illness and disease. 

Although super delicious and one of our favourite dehydrated fruits to enjoy on its own as a snack, there are a heap of ways to enjoy dehydrated pineapple. See our suggestions.

  • Add to breakfast dishes like oats, porridge, cereal, and yogurt.
  • Combine with nuts and other fruits to add flavour to trail mix. 
  • Use in desserts such as puddings—delicious in rice pudding or chia seed pudding!
  • Add to baked goods, including muffins, scones, cakes, or cupcakes. 
  • Perfect in savoury dishes such as stir fries, curries, pork dishes, or sweet and sour sauces. 
  • Add to herbal teas for extra sweetness or as a garnish for cocktails.

4. Dehydrated kiwi fruit

Kiwi fruit is one of the easiest fruits to dehydrate—perfect if you’re a beginner or just dipping your toe in the dehydrating pool. Simple to prepare, you can peel off the skin if you wish or keep it on but ensure you thoroughly wash the skin if you choose to do so (the skin is actually edible!). We recommend slicing at approximately ½ cm thickness to maintain efficient and effective dehydration, and the result should be a soft, chewy texture.

Kiwi fruits are available year-round but peak in the fall/winter season, so it’s a great idea to stock up and dehydrate them at this time when they're at their best, and you can enjoy them all year as a snack. Depending on which kiwi fruit you dehydrate, some will deliver a super sweet flavour, whilst others will be slightly sour and tart. Either way, they both provide a delicious flavour, making them a perfect nutritious snack for the whole family. 

High in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants and low in calories, kiwi fruit protects the immune system, boosts the skin’s appearance, strengthens hair and bones, and supports weight loss by reducing feelings of hunger. Dehydrated kiwi fruit also helps with digestion, lowers blood pressure, and assists with sleep and mental wellness. 

There are many ways to enjoy dehydrated kiwi fruit—some of our favourites are listed below. 

  • Sprinkle with sugar pre or post-dehydration to add sweetness to more sour kiwi fruit.
  • Add as a topping to breakfast dishes such as oats, porridge, and cereal. 
  • Use as topping on smoothie bowls for added crunch.
  • Perfect as a cocktail or drink garnish. 
  • Add to water for a hint of flavour. 
  • Chop and stir through salads for a touch of sweetness.
  • Use to decorate desserts or cakes.
Delicious dried figs

5. Dehydrated figs

Although fresh figs are in season during the warmer months in Canada, dehydration allows you to preserve and enjoy them for much longer periods. When it comes to dehydrating figs, you can keep them whole or choose to half or quarter them, keeping in mind that when they’re cut, they will dry quicker and keep longer, being that more moisture has been removed from the fruit. You can, of course, slice figs too, which ensures even faster and more effective dehydration and makes them a perfect lightweight snack or addition to breakfast dishes. 

Dehydrated figs are rich in calcium, potassium, and fibre and are packed with vitamins and antioxidants. Dehydrated figs help to improve digestion, boost the appearance of skin and hair, strengthen bones, improve mental focus, and protect the immune system. Being that they’re high in fibre and contain natural sweeteners, dehydrated figs can also support weight loss by curbing hunger cravings and increasing feelings of fullness. It is important to be mindful, however, that dehydrated figs are more concentrated in calories and sugars, so should be enjoyed in moderation. That being said, they are perfect as a post-workout snack to replenish glycogen levels and support muscle recovery.

We all know figs are delicious on their own, but they make a great addition to various recipes and dishes. Here are some of our favourite ways to use dehydrated figs at home or if you’re running a business. 

  • Add to cheese and charcuterie boards for added colour and flavour.
  • Use in desserts and baking, including cakes, muffins, cheesecakes, pies, tarts, puddings, and cookies. 
  • Delicious addition to various salads.
  • Use as a topping on morning oats, cereal, porridge, granola, or yogurt.
  • Wrap in prosciutto for a delicious sweet/savoury combo. 
  • Perfect as a drink or cocktail garnish. 
  • Add on top of pizza or toast with ricotta.

So we’ve listed our favourites here, but there really is an endless variety of fruits that you can dehydrate to maximize their flavour and benefits. Get creative! Here are some of our other suggestions.

  • Grapes
  • Dragon fruit
  • Melon
  • Pears 
  • Rhubarb
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HOW TO DEHYDRATE FRUITS

PRE-TREATMENT
Pre-treating fruit for dehydration will not only help to maintain the nutritional value and flavour of the fruit, but it will also help prevent browning or oxidation, which can occur quite easily with particular fruits at higher temperatures. Bananas, apples, and peaches are prone to oxidation, but with a simple pre-treatment, you can keep them looking and tasting great. Two easy ways to pre-treat fruit are either with lemon juice or ascorbic acid (vitamin C).

LEMON JUICE PRE-TREATMENT
This is the most popular way to pre-treat fruit for dehydration but be mindful that using a fruit with a high amount of citric acid can change the flavour slightly of the fruit you’re dehydrating, especially if you’re using lemon juice that’s undiluted. This can actually be pleasant to taste, especially with apples, but if you prefer to keep the lemon flavour to a minimum, follow our suggestions below. 

- Combine 1 cup of lemon juice with 4 cups of water in a bowl or mix and use in a spray bottle. 
- Soak each piece of cut fruit in the bowl or spray directly to ensure the fruit is coated. 
- Make sure you remove excess liquid from the fruit before dehydrating, either with a salad spinner or preferably patting dry with a clean towel or paper towel to absorb any moisture.

ASCORBIC ACID PRE-TREATMENT
Using the same method as above, ascorbic acid can be used in the pre-treatment of fruits for dehydration. See our steps below. 
- Mix 2 teaspoons of ascorbic acid with 4 cups of water in a bowl. 
- Soak each piece of cut fruit in the ascorbic acid solution for up to 5 minutes and pat dry with a towel or paper towel to remove any excess moisture before dehydrating.

DRYING TIMES
The length of time it takes to dehydrate fruit is really dependent on the water content and how thick the fruit is cut. As mentioned above, thinly sliced fruit will dry faster and more evenly than fruit that’s quartered, halved, or left whole, so this is something to consider when preparing fruit for dehydration. Most fruits can take anywhere from 8 hours up to 24+ hours, with berries sometimes needing around 24-48 hours to remove all of their moisture. 

Another thing to consider when it comes to drying times is the desired result and texture you’re trying to achieve. For example, if you want your apple slices to be crispy like a chip, that will take slightly longer than if you prefer your apples to have a more chewy texture. Use our guide below as just that—a rough guide for drying times based on fruits being sliced rather than dehydrating them whole. We recommend monitoring the progress of your fruits to ensure you get the texture you’re after.

citrus

All citrus = 16-18 hours @ approx 55°C

*You can lower the temperature to prevent browning but will need to allow a little more time for dehydration (18-24 hours). We recommend dehydrating lemons and limes at a lower temperature of 46°C-52°C.

Strawberry

berries

Blueberries = 14-16 hours @ approx. 55°C
Strawberries = 6-10 hours @ approx. 55°C
Raspberries = 10-12 hours @approx. 55°C
Blackberries = 14-16 hours @ approx. 55°C
Cranberries = 14-16 hours @approx. 55°C

Stone fruit

stone fruit

Plums = 12-16 hours @ approx. 55°C
Peaches = 8-12 hours @ approx. 55°C
Apricots = 12-16 hours @ approx. 55°C
Mangoes = 8-12 hours @ approx. 55°C
Cherries = 14-16 hours @ approx. 55°C

Other fruit

other fruit

Bananas = 8-12 hours @ approx. 55°C
Apples = 8-12 hours @ approx. 55°C
Pineapple = 12-16 hours @ approx. 55°C
Kiwi fruit = 10-12 hours @ approx. 55°C
Figs = 14-18 hours @ approx. 55°C

BEST STORAGE SOLUTIONS AND SHELF LIFE

Because fruits retain an approximate humidity level of 20% post-dehydration, and to ensure you get the most out of your dehydrated fruit, it’s important to condition and store your fruit correctly. Following the dehydration process, you may find that some pieces of fruit are dryer than others—this is why it’s so important, where possible, to cut fruit at a similar thickness to allow for even drying. Conditioning prevents mould from developing when fruits are stored in a container by balancing the humidity levels across all pieces of dehydrated fruit. Follow our steps below for conditioning post-dehydration.

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  • Check all pieces of fruit after dehydrating to ensure they’re all dry—if you still sense moisture, ensure you continue dehydrating.
  • Allow all pieces of fruit to return to room temperature post-dehydration.
  • Place fruit in an airtight container (jars are a good choice because you can see the fruit easily) and allow a little room so you can shake the contents of the container. You don’t want to have a huge amount of space, however, as this can produce even more moisture. 
  • Over the next 5 days, shake the contents of the container to check that the fruit doesn’t stick and can move freely. You also want to look out for any moisture beads on the container and be sure that the fruit doesn’t stick to the sides of the container or to each other without coming off with ease. If either of these occurs, remove them and put them back into the dehydrator for further drying. 
  • If you notice any mould at all, discard all of the dehydrated fruit. This means some of your dehydrated fruit wasn’t completely dry before conditioning.

To ensure you get the most out of all your hard work, it’s important to consider what type of containers are best for the storage of your dehydrated fruit. At Commercial Dehydrators, we recommend using jars, but you can also use airtight containers or even ziplock bags if you’re planning on storing smaller quantities or enjoying your dehydrated fruit within a shorter period.

It’s best to store your dehydrated fruits in a cool, dark place, away from light and heat that could potentially impact the quality of the fruit and affect its shelf life. Properly conditioned and stored dehydrated fruits can last anywhere from 6-18 months.

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