Apricots are Yummy. Fresh or dehydrated, they contain Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Potasium, Fiber and many other great things for you. In fact, my mom was just telling me yesterday that Dr. Oz says," apricots reduce the risk of stomach cancer by 47 percent. Eat 7 dried or fresh apricots per day. If you go for dried, get the sundried and not sulfate dried. (the darker version). Also, buy organic apricots because they have higher levels of cancer fighters". So, the next time you're hungry for a snack, think about Apricots. And if eating a plain Apricot or making jam and jelly isn't your thing, how about picking some up from your local farmers market, orchard or even in your own backyard and giving dehydrating a try.
Please Note : The Apricots I am using are from my own tree. I DO NOT spray or treat any of my fruit trees with ANY chemicals of any kind or products what so ever. I believe fresh fruit, should be just that - FRESH!
** There are other methods to dehydrate fruits & veggies, such as your oven and the sun. I prefer to use a dehydrator
Step 1: Selecting Apricots
Make sure you don't use Apricots that are still too green or are over ripe. The too green ones will split & the over ripe ones will mush when trying to turn them inside out. (See pics below)
You want to choose Apricots that have a light yellow-orangish color and are firm but not overly firm. It's ok if they have a teenie tiny bit of green on them, but not overly green like in the picture.