How to Dehydrate Kiwi

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There is no need to eat processed snacks filled with chemicals and fillers when you have access to natural, healthy kiwi fruit. Kiwi are naturally sweet and they are good sources of vitamin E and potassium. Dried, kiwi fruit are even sweeter and if they are stored in a cool, dry place, they stay good for six months or more — and indefinitely if frozen — without the need for chemicals or preservatives. This makes them an excellent option for snacks while hiking or even for school lunches.

Food Dehydrator Method

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Mix 1 gallon of water and 1 cup of lemon juice in a large bowl or stockpot.

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Peel the kiwi with the vegetable peeler. Cut the kiwi into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place the rounds in the water and lemon-juice solution to soak as you cut them. Allow the kiwi slices to soak for at least five minutes in the solution.

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Remove the kiwi slices from the lemon-juice solution and spread the kiwi in a single layer on food dehydrator trays.

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Place the trays into the food dehydrator and dry the kiwi for six to 12 hours. The drying time depends on the moisture in the air as well as how well your dehydrator circulates air, so begin checking the kiwi every hour after six hours. The kiwi are ready when they are leathery and chewy with no moisture when you bite into them.

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Place the dried kiwi in a resealable airtight container or plastic bag for storage.

Oven Method

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Preheat the oven to 180 degrees F, or put it on the "Warm" setting if your oven does not have low temperature settings. Mix 1 gallon water with 1 cup of lemon juice in a large bowl or stockpot.

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Peel the kiwi with the paring knife, taking care not to remove too much flesh. Cut the kiwi into 1/4-inch-thick rounds. Place the sliced kiwi in the lemon-juice solution as you cut the slices.

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Remove the kiwi slices from the solution and spread the kiwi in a single layer on the baking sheet.

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Place the baking sheet into the oven and dry the kiwi for six to 12 hours. After six hours, check the kiwi every hour. The kiwi are ready when they are leathery and chewy with no moisture when you bite into them.

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Place the dried kiwi in a resealable airtight container or plastic bag for storage.