I know, lame right? How many times can I tell you how to dry fruit? Yes, yes, Kaela, we get it; slice it and stick it in the dehydrator. Wait awhile. Eat. But if you were flying to Calgary in 3 days (3 days!!) to get married, and spend a month honeymooning in British Columbia, and subsequently had 7,000,000,000,000 things left to do before you left… you’d not find a lot of time for making nectarine chutney either.
So, yes, this is a lame post, but honestly, it never would have occured to me to dry nectarines (or peaches for that matter) if I had not had 5 pounds of nectarines languishing in the fridge, and no time to make the chutney I had planned. In a moment of desperation I sliced ’em up and tossed ’em in the dehydrator, figuring I would test it out. And you know what? Dried nectarines are awesome. Tart, chewy, tangy with a hint of sweetness; we’ve been munching on them non-stop since they came out of the dryer, and now I’m wishing I had time to get more nectarines and dry another batch so we have some leftover for granola, yogurt, oatmeal and easy snacks. I love it when poor time management yields delicious results!
- fresh nectarines, with peel
- Wash, halve, pit and slice nectarines (I got about 6 slices per half), laying them individually, without touching, on the trays of a dehydrator, or on baking sheets. Dry in the dehydrator at 135 degrees F for 12-18 hours, or in your oven as low as it will go (range is usually 150 – 200 degrees F) and start checking at 8 hours. A little oil spray will make it easier to remove the dried fruit from the dehydrator trays or baking sheets. About 5 lbs of nectarines filled 3 dehydrator trays and yielded about 2 and 1/2 cups of dried fruit.
- Us in homemade granola, in muffins or scones, in yogurt or oatmeal, rehydrated in a marinade or dressing, in cookies or biscotti, or solo as a snack!
- As usual, peaches would work here as well.
- Tossing the nectarine slices with lemon juice (or citric acid bath, or vinegar) will prevent some of the browning that happens naturally during drying.
In air-tight bags or containers for up to 6 months. Rumor has it they stay fresher for longer in the freezer, but I haven’t tried it.