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Tip 1: Choose Your Fruits Wisely
When it comes to dehydrating fruit in an air fryer, not all fruits are created equal. For example, apples and pears take much longer to dry out than berries or oranges. Apples can take up to 35 minutes, while cranberries can take up to 2 hours! So when selecting which fruits you want to dehydrate, be sure to choose ones that will cook quickly.
Fruit to Try in the Air Fryer
Try dehydrating fruit that’s in season in your area!
Tip 2: Slice the Fruits Thinly
For the best results, slice the fruits thinly so they will cook more evenly. The thinner slices will also dry out faster than thicker slices. Aim for about ¼ inch thick or thinner. If you have an adjustable slicing blade on your knife or mandoline slicer, use this for more consistent slices. Be sure not to overcrowd them as this will affect their cooking time.
Additional flavoring tip: consider sprinkling spices on the fruit slices, like cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.
Tip 3: Pre-heat the Air Fryer
Before adding the sliced fruit, pre-heat the air fryer for 5 minutes at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. This helps the drying process go faster and ensures that the fruit cooks evenly throughout.
Tip 4: Monitor Progress & Check Often
The cooking times can vary depending on how thinly you’ve sliced the fruit and what type of air fryer you are using, so it’s important to monitor progress as it cooks. After 10 minutes, check every 5 minutes until done and adjust accordingly if needed (cooking time may be shorter or longer). Once they are done, let them cool completely before storing in an airtight container.
With these helpful tips in mind, you’re now ready to make perfectly dehydrated fruit in your air fryer! Whether it’s apples for apple chips or oranges for trail mix snacks—you can now make all of your favorite dehydrated treats with ease! So go ahead—get creative and experiment with different types of fruits and flavors to suit your taste buds! Happy dehydrating!