Dehydrating Kiwi Fruit

I have to admit that most of the time Kiwi fruit simply do not last long enough at our house to make it into the dehydrator. between snacking, fruit salad and smoothies they are generally rapidly consumed. This week I had a bunch of them that were about to go, so it was time to try it out.

The easiest way to peel kiwi fruit is to trim the ends off. Then get the edge of a pairing knife just below the surface of the brown skin. If a kiwi is really ripe you can just pull it away. If not, just slide the knife down from one end to the other.

Here are the kiwis on the dehydrator. The 10 kiwis (we actually started with 12, but two were too far into overripeness) fill a tray and a half in the dehydrator.

After 12 hours we popped them off. I was dying to see what they tasted like. When you pop one in your mouth you get no flavor for the first few seconds, and then, suddenly, you get the full flavor of the fruit at once. If your kids like things like Sour Patch Kids they will go bonkers for dehydrated Kiwi fruit!

For short term storage they’re fine as is. For longer term storage you’ll want to add some oxygen absorbers to ensure they don’t go off.

To use in recipes: 1 cup sliced Kiwi fruit = 26.4 grams or 0.93 Oz dried.
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