Simple Fruit Dryer

Introduction: Simple Fruit Dryer

A cheap  fruit dryer you can build on a Saturday afternoon; it gives great results with apples.

Step 1: Materials and Tools

some pieces of (scrap)wood
plastic mosquito netting, as used on a screen door
stapler, hammer and nails
pair of scissors, stanley knife
hair dryer or heat gun

Step 2: Construction

make 5 or 6 square wooden boxes with no bottom; mine are about 30 cm square
make a hole for your hair dryer in the wall of the lowest box
staple or nail the netting onto the bottoms of the other boxes
make a chimney from the cardboard and ducttape

Step 3: Recipe for Dried Apples

Peel and slice 1,5 kg of apples
To prevent the apples turning brown, mix with fresh lemonjuice; from half a lemon
Put the apple slices in the boxes with the netting
Put all the boxes on top of each other, and onto the box with the dryer
Let the dryer run for some hours (depending on he power of your dryer)

Your apples are dry enough if the total weight is reduced to 200 g

you can store them for months in ziplock bags

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    4 Discussions


    9 years ago on Introduction

    This is great! I plan to use this with berries, pineapple, etc -- but what I'm really anxious to try is tomatoes! I appreciate the simplicity of this project. I'm only somewhat handy with tools - thanks for this great instructible!


    9 years ago on Introduction

    Love it. I wonder, though, how quickly these hair dryers burn out. And their high wattage would make the electric meter spin like a top.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    I've tried to use hair dryers for projects before too. They don't really "bur nout" so much as they usually have a thermal fuse inside that melts if it gets too hot. (Safety feature.)

    As long as there's enough air flow in this design it should work. BUT if the heat is allowed to build up... *poof* game over.


    Reply 9 years ago on Introduction

    Hi, bruc33f,
    The hair dryer is on duty in the apple dryer for a long time already, without any trouble . 1200 W for 5 hours means a power consumption of 6 kWh, which cost me about 60 eurocent (I'm living in the Netherlands)