Dried Pineapple, or any fruit really, is a favourite for our family! It’s easy to make, there’s no extra sugar or preservatives added, and it’s a great way to use up fruit that is about to turn.
I’ve found that pineapples that are close to turning sour actually make the BEST bite-size pieces of sweet gold!
Cut Equal Sizes
Cut up your pineapple into uniform sizes. I prefer to slice thinly first, then remove the peel and core. Keep the pieces as close in size as possible – this will allow them to dry at the same rate.
Dig out the Dehydrator (if you have one!)
Chances are your dehydrator is tucked in the back of a cupboard somewhere – it’s not really an everyday appliance for most of us. Dig it out, dust it off, and make sure the trays are clean and ready to go.
Don’t have a Dehydrator, No Worries!
You can use the oven on a low temp to make dried fruit. A quick Google will let you know what temperature and times you need. There’s easy to follow oven instructions on selfproclaimedfoodie.com
Layout the Pineapple
Place the pineapple on the trays and stack in the dehydrator. Keep space between the pieces to allow good air circulation.
Once you’ve got the trays filled and stacked, simply turn on the dehydrator and let it work it’s magic! Pineapple takes around 8 – 10 hours. Other fruit may take longer. If in doubt, check the instruction manual for your dehydrator or turn to Google for help.
Time to Snack!
Now your pineapple is ready to enjoy! Eat it as is, or use it in cakes or add it to your muesli. Your dried pineapple will last up to two weeks if stored correctly (keep it in an airtight container!) but if your house is anything like ours, it will disappear well before then!
Do you like dried fruits? What’s your favourite? Leave a comment below…
Looking for other snack ideas? Take a look at Nut-Free Snacks to add to your child’s school lunch box