How to Dehydrate Peaches in a Dehydrator – Fresh, Frozen or Canned

Here’s how to dehydrate peaches using a dehydrator.

dried frozen peaches
Dried peach slices make great snacks just as they are.

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Check out the difference between dried canned peaches and dried frozen peaches. The ones on the left are canned peaches and the ones on the right are frozen peaches. That’s the difference sugar makes! I buy canned peaches packed with the least amount of sugar – but they’re still sweetened. Sugar causes fruit to dry much softer and flexible than unsweetened fruit. It also turns slightly translucent. And yes, of course, they taste sweeter, so it’s no surprise my kids prefer the dried canned peaches.

canned and frozen peaches comparison
Dried canned peaches compared to dried frozen peaches. The canned ones are sweeter and more flexible than the frozen peaches. Fresh peaches would be more like the frozen peaches.

RECIPE TO DEHYDRATE PEACHES

dried canned and frozen peaches
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How to Dehydrate Peaches

How to dehydrated fresh, frozen or canned peaches
Prep : 15 mins
Cook : 8 hrs

Equipment

  • dehydrator

Ingredients

  • peaches (fresh, frozen or canned)
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice (to prevent browning of fresh peaches)

Instructions

Prepare Fresh Peaches

  • Use ripe, sweet peaches. Wash and peel peaches if desired (peeling is optional).
    To peel, bring large pot of water to boil. Use a paring knife and score an X through the skin on the bottom of each peach. Plunge peaches into boiling water for 1 minute. Remove with slotted spoon and transfer to ice water until cool to touch.
    Peel skin using the loosened skin where you marked the X.
    Cut in half and remove pit.
    Cut in slices and place in bowl of anti-browning solution (4 cups water with 1/4 cup lemon juice).
  • Drain canned peaches and partially thaw frozen peaches if they need to be cut.
  • Pat peaches dry and cut to similar size and thickness, 1/4 inch - no thinner or they will stick and tear. I like slices for snacking on, smaller pieces for including in mixes and recipes.
  • Place peaches on mesh trays leaving a little space between each slice. Put in dehydrator and dry at 135°F (57°C) for 10 to 12 hours. Time will vary with each dehydrator, thickness of peaches and with temperature and humidity levels in your house.
  • Rotate trays and check peaches at 6 hours to get a sense of how quickly they are drying.
  • Finished peaches will be pliable and leathery with no signs of moisture when torn in half. As they cool they will become firmer. Let rest on tray until cooled, at least 2 hours.
  • Once cooled totally and completely, place in an airtight container (glass jar is best). To condition the peaches and ensure they are absolutely dry throughout, watch and shake jar for next 7 days. If the peaches soften greatly, clump together or if there is any sign of moisture on sides of jar - return to dehydrator. If all is good, store in a cool, dark place for a year or more.
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peaches on mesh tray
Peaches ready to go into the dehydrator.

HOW TO CONDITION AND STORE DRIED PEACHES

Like all dried fruit, dried peaches should be conditioned before storing.

Conditioning dried fruit allows any moisture differences between pieces to balance out.  After drying, some peach slices may have higher amounts of moisture than other pieces. When all the pieces are stored together, the moisture equalizes between them. After about 7-10 days the moisture level of all the pieces is about the same. This process is called conditioning and it’s very easy to do.

Pack cooled peaches loosely in a glass jar. Seal, shake daily and observe for 7 days. If at any point you see any signs of condensation in the jar, dry the fruit more. If the slices clump together (more than when you put them in the jar) or go quite soft, you’ll need to dry them more. If the slices look and feel dry after  7 days – you can store the jar in a cool, dark place for a year or more.

Store dried peaches in a tightly sealed container, away from light in a room with consistent temperature (ideally cool). Read How to Store Dried Food for more details.

Vacuum sealing is optional.

cutting frozen peaches to size
Cut peaches to even thickness. If using frozen peaches, partially thaw to make cutting safer and easier.

HOW TO USE DRIED PEACHES

Dried peach slices are great snacks just as they are.

Dried peach pieces are great in homemade baking, but I do recommend soaking them in water first. This will re-hydrate and plump them up nicely. Simply put pieces in a bowl and cover with hot water for 15 to 30 minutes. Drain the water and use in your favourite baking recipe.

Otherwise, use them as is for

finished dried peach pieces
Small pieces of dried peaches are great for breakfast or trail mixes and in baking. It is easier to cut peaches into pieces before drying rather than once they’re dried.

OTHER DRIED FRUIT RECIPES

Dried Blueberries

Dried Cranberries – Unsweetened

Dried Pineapple

Dried Strawberries

Dried Rhubarb

Dried Apple Rings in Dehydrator

Dried Apple Rings in Oven

Dried Cranberries (Unsweetened)

Fruit Leather – Strawberry Rhubarb

Banana Choco Chia Chips

Dehydrated Apple Almond Bars

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