Todays post is number six in the DIY Survival Rations series. We have taken a look at Hardtack, Beef Jerky, Fruit Leather, Pemmican, and Survival Bars. Dried fruit is a nice addition to your food storage as it provides vitamins and sugars and helps round out your diet. Recipe courtesy of Taste of Home Magazine.
Select fruit that is ripe—but not overripe—and free of bruises. Fresh apples, pears, peaches, berries, cherries, bananas and apricots are all good choices. Wash and peel the fruit (blueberries, apricots and cherries work best if dried whole). Remove pits or cores, then slice the fruit to desired thickness. Keep the slice thickness uniform.
Arrange the slices of fruit in a single layer on nonstick baking sheets—and make sure the pieces aren’t touching each other. Preheat the oven to 170°F. Put one sheet on each oven rack. Allow 1-1/2 inches on all sides of the tray so air can circulate around the sheets while fruit is drying.
Keep the oven door open slightly during drying and stir fruit every 30 minutes. Properly dried fruit should be chewy, not squishy or crispy.
Once the fruit is thoroughly dried (it can take anywhere from 4 to 8 hours depending on thickness of slices and the fruit’s water content), remove the trays from the oven and let stand overnight (at least 12 hours) before placing in storage containers.