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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Dehydrating Apricots

Apricots are full of vitamins and minerals, major benefits you don't want to lose by not preserving your apricots. Buy fresh at the store/farmer's market, or get canned apricots on sale!
  • Choose the apricots that look the best. Cut out any bad parts.
  • Wash, cut in half, and turn inside out. Slice into quarters.
  • Soak 5 minutes in water with lemon juice to prevent browning.
  • Arrange in single layers on trays. They can touch because they will shrink some.
  • Dry 8-20 hours until piable - Temp: 135 degrees F.
  • Freeze in freezer baggie for 2 days to kill any bug eggs that may have been laid while dehydrating. If you're 100% sure there aren't any, you can skip this step.
  • Store in moisture-proof jar with a moisture absorber. Seal. Cover with dark paper to keep light out. Label with contents and date. Store in cool, dry, dark area.

You can rehydrate the apricots to use in a recipe, or eat dried as a snack.


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