How to Make Dehydrated Fruit Trail Mix

Overview

Making a trail mix from homegrown dried fruit is a good way to make a bumper harvest last further into the season. Instead of letting the fruit rot on the tree, drying the fruit and mixing it with other fruits and nuts can make a good trail mix. Drying fruit is not difficult. Simple fruit dryers are inexpensive and often have additional drying trays available for purchase to speed the drying process.

Step 1

Wash your fruit in water only to avoid contaminating it with soap residues that could affect the flavor. If you do use soap, be sure it is thoroughly rinsed.

Step 2

Cut your fruit into 1/4-inch pieces. The fruit will shrink as it dries and this will make a nice size for a trail mix.

Step 3

Drop your fruit into a bowl filled with lemon juice before putting it in the dehydrator. Lemon juice will keep many types of fruit from turning brown as they dry.

Step 4

Arrange the fruit on your dehydrator's racks so that the pieces don't touch each other. Try not to mix types of fruit on a single rack. Fruit dries at different rates and you may want to remove one type of fruit earlier than another.

Step 5

Dry your fruit for 12 to 36 hours. The drying time will vary depending on the type of dehydrator you have and the type of fruit you are drying.

Step 6

As a type of fruit dries, remove it and place it in a sealed container or a zip-top plastic bag until all of the fruits for your trail mix are dry. If you are planning on using all of your dried fruit in your trail mix, add each fruit as it dries to the same bag.

Step 7

Mix all of your dried fruit together. Add nuts and shake the bag to mix thoroughly. A good start might be 1/2 fruit and 1/2 nuts, but adjust the ratio to your taste.

Things You'll Need

  • Dehydrator
  • Fresh fruit
  • Lemon juice
  • Zip-top plastic bags

References

  • Doris and Jilly Cook: Dehydrated Fruit

Who Can Help

  • Sparkpeople.com: Dehydrating Fruits
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About this Author

Christopher Earle is a freelance writer based in Denver, Colo. He has been writing since 1987 and has written for NPR, The Associated Press, the Boeing Company, Ford New Holland, Microsoft, Active Voice, RAHCO International and Umax Data Systems. He studied creative writing at Mankato State University in Minnesota.