Introduction: Dried Fruit for Snacks or Potpourri
This instructable shows you how to preserve fruit and herbs, by dehydrating them, using your oven.
Step 1: Step 1: Gather Fruit
Step 1: Gather any fruit, veggies or herb that you would like to preserve by drying. I'm drying Meyer Lemons today!
Step 2: Step 2: Slice Fruit
Step 2: Slice Fruit or veggie of choice in about a 1/4" thickness.
Step 3: Step 3: Preheat Oven
Step 3: Preheat oven to 170°
Step 4: Step 4: Line Pan and Arrange Fruit
Step 4: Line cookie sheet with parchment paper and arrange fruit on pan.
Step 5: Step 5: Pop in Oven
Step 5: Place the lined cookie sheet with fruit on top rack in preheated oven.
Step 6: Step 6: Start Dehydration Process
Step 6: Leave oven door opened a little, to allow excess moisture out of the oven. Keep fruit in the oven from 2 to 6 hours, depending on the thickness of your fruit. Check and turn fruit hourly.
Step 7: Step 7: Last Steps
Step 7: Turn oven off and let fruit cool down. For potpourri, feel free to add herbs, spices and/or essential oils to give the scent a little boost! I placed mine in a mason jar and embellished with fabric and ribbon, for a nice gift!
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