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I was looking at a bowl of cherry last night and wondered if I could dry them myself in the oven like tomatoes. Has anyone ever tried to dry fruits?

Would appreciate thoughts and help on the subject


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Thanks for the advice Momo. The lowest temperature setting for my oven is 150°F. I would take that to be about 175°F. Will that be acceptable? I haven’t used an electric stove for the longest time, I find it hard to adjust to it.

Should I remove the pit? I hope you'll say no because I have no pitting gadget. Maybe I should just halve them once dry?

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Thanks for the advice Momo . :)

I have no idea what I'll use them for at this point. I'll see how they turn out and then see what I can do with it.
 

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Cheeries have been in the oven for about 60 minutes. I raised the temperature to 200°F.

The 150°F setting is not really working, it's just there as part of the look. It's just like the 200 milles per hour on your car's speed dial. It's there but you'll never reach it.

Thanks for the tip Shimmer. I did line the sheet pan with aluminium just in case. I may ask you for advice, if you don't mind, to make fruit leather, if I like the cherries.

It would have been fine if I hadn't forgotten to remove the cherries before turning the oven to 500°F to bake the bread.

[ August 05, 2001: Message edited by: Iza ]
 

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Burned might be a strong word in this case Momoreg. Let's just say they are very, and I mean very, dried. They smell great though, unfornunatly they don't taste very good.

I'm having trouble with my electric stove. It cooks/bakes everything a lot faster then the gas stove did. I know the temperature is higher then it should so I've adjusted it accordingly, -25°F, and I still find it bakes faster.

I will try again. Will pitted them first and cut them in half. It should cut down the drying time. I'll try the fruit leather. From your recipe it sounds like it's an easy thing to do. Does it keep for a long time Momoreg?

Thanks for the idea Katherine. I will make myself a oven door sign. This way I'll never forget if something is in. Is the heat of the heating pad really enough to dry the cherries? Have you tried it yourself?
 

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Thanks for the tip Luv2bake I wouldn't have thought of drying grapes. Now I could only understand my stove.

Momo I can't wait to try to make fruit leather, they are so expensive in stores and not as good as the home made kind I am sure.
 
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