It has been a common query among people about how to dehydrate fruit in a Nuwave oven?
So, with a NuWave oven, we can do so many things. One of the many things is dehydrating fruits and vegetables. And many people aren’t aware of the steps of the dehydrating process. Dehydrating can be quite tricky if not carried out properly. Well, dehydrating fruits includes rinsing, setting the correct temperature, taste tests, and many more.
And that’s what we are going to learn from this article. Here, you’ll know a step-by-step guide on the ways you can dehydrate fruits in your Nuwave oven.
How To Dehydrate Fruit In A Nuwave Oven?
Food dehydration has become more sophisticated with time. There are many advantages to dehydrating fruits and other things. For example, drying fruits saves you a good amount of money. It also reduces food waste and speeds up your cooking.
When you dehydrate fruits or any other food items, the growth of microorganisms such as bacteria, mold, and yeast tends to stop. As a result, food doesn’t get spoiled easily. Dried fruits are perfect for camping. It also acts as a great, nutritious snack on the go. If you have a Nuwave oven, you can use it easily to dehydrate fruits.
Here are the steps you have to follow in order to dehydrate fruits in a Nuwave oven.
Prepare The Fruits Properly
Preparing fruits for dehydrating requires a lot of work. First, you have to rinse the fruits very thoroughly with clean water.
After that, you have to make sure you cut all the bruised parts. Then remove all the seeds present; otherwise, the area around the seeds won’t be appropriately dehydrated. After that, thinly slice the fruit to ensure that all the parts are adequately dehydrated.
If you want, you can steam the fruits. Make sure you don’t forget to blanch them before drying. Let’s give you some examples of steamed-blanched fruit. Fruits that fall into this category include nectarines, bananas, apricots, peaches, and apples.
After steaming the fruits, the next step is to place them in cold water and drain them. Pat the pieces dry using tissue. Don’t use force while patting.
Place The Fruits In The Nuwave Oven:
Each Nuwave oven includes a drying rack. On the drying rack, you will have to place the thinly sliced fruits you prepared. Don’t place the sliced fruits too close to each other. You have to leave some space between them in order to allow airflow between each piece.
Set The Proper Temperature
Many people aren’t aware of the ideal temperature required for dehydrating fruits. The ideal temperature for dehydrating is low—125F. After you set the temperature, place the rack of food inside. Dehydrating fruits requires a great amount of patience.
First, you must allow the fruits to dry until sufficient moisture is removed. Even if a small amount of moisture remains in the fruits, the dehydration process won’t be successful, and the slices will get spoiled.
Taste A Small Piece Of Food
To make sure that the fruits are dried properly, you have to do a taste test. From the NuWave, remove the fruits that you have dried, then allow them to cool so that you can judge certain characteristics.
When fruits are dried properly, they become tough and pliable when cut. Remember that every fruit is different. As a result, different fruits will require varying amounts of time and humidity to dry properly.
Remove Condensation And Spoilage Properly
Keeping dried fruits fresh for a long time requires each piece of dried fruit to have the same moisture content. If some of the slices have a higher moisture content, the moisture will spread to the rest of the slices if stored together in a jar.
So to do this first, you will have to cool the dehydrated food completely. Then take a large, nonporous container and pour your dehydrated fruits into that container. Don’t fill the container completely. Make sure that you fill the container to the two-thirds mark. Cover the container with a lid properly and keep it where it will remain dry and warm.
Don’t forget to shake and stir the container daily to mix the contents properly. If there is any condensation present in the container, it will be visible on the lid. To remove any present condensation, return the fruits to the drying rack of NuWave again. Repeat the dehydrating process again. Be careful with the dried fruit.
At times, mold might grow, causing spoilage. Check carefully for any kind of spoilage or mold. You should check your dried fruits every 10–14 days.
Don’t forget to look for condensation and spoilage every time you check your dehydrated fruits.