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Love Dried Kiwi Fruit? Here’s How To Dehydrate Kiwi 3 Ways!

If you want to learn how to dehydrate kiwi at home, you’re in for a treat! There are three reliable ways to dehydrate your favorite tropical fruit—in a conventional oven, air fryer, and food dehydrator. 

Kiwi is a versatile fruit known for its tropical flavor and bright green flesh. It’s often turned into sweet treats such as parfait, jam, smoothies, and cobbler. 

Another easy way to enjoy kiwi would be to dehydrate them and consume the fruit as a grab-and-go snack just like your favorite potato chips.

Ways to use dehydrated kiwis

Dehydrated kiwis are a lifesaver for anyone with a serious kiwi craving. 

Whether the fruits come from your garden, at the farmer’s market, or a grocery store, dehydrated kiwis can be enjoyed in several ways. 

Here are a few things you can do with dehydrated kiwis:

  • Eat them plain for a delicious snack.
  • Use dried kiwi as a cocktail garnish.
  • Add another layer of crunch to a smoothie bowl with dried kiwi topping.
  • Substitute fresh kiwi with the dried version in this strawberry salad
  • Cut them into small pieces and add to fresh green salads.

How to store dehydrated kiwis

Like any other type of food, humidity, air, light, and temperature are the things that can greatly affect the shelf life of your dried kiwi. 

The less you have these things, the longer your food is going to store. So be sure to tightly seal the fruits and store them in a cool, dry, and dark place, preferably in your kitchen pantry or drawer. 

Follow these simple steps on how to store dehydrated kiwis: 

Tools needed:

Instructions for how to store dehydrated kiwis in a mylar bag: 

  1. Put an oxygen absorber inside a zip mylar bag. 
  2. Then place your dried kiwis into the bag. Make sure that the fruits are fully cool down and nicely dried before you put them. 
  3. Squeeze the air out and seal the zip. 

Pro tip: In case you want to keep the dried fruits for a long time, consider heat sealing the top of the mylar bag with flat iron or food vacuum sealer. 

Check out these essential guides from HealthyPrepper and Store This, Not That! to learn more tips on how to store dried fruits for your longer-term needs.

How long will dehydrated kiwis last

The shelf life of your dehydrated kiwis depends on the temperature that you keeping it store at and the storage process you choose for the dried fruits. 

But most dehydrated fruits like kiwis typically can last up to five years if they’re kept under 70 degrees and in cool, dry, and dark place. 

So ensure to store your dehydrated kiwis inside a mylar bag, place an oxygen absorber, and seal the bag nice and tight.

How to dehydrate kiwis

As mentioned, you can dehydrate your kiwi fruit in a conventional oven, air fryer, and food dehydrator. It’s really up to you what method you’re going to use!

But take note, each of these dehydrating techniques has its pros and downsides so be sure to choose carefully and plan everything out first.

1. Dehydrator

Estimated time to dehydrate: 5 to 12 hours

The food dehydrator is your best pick when you’re planning to dehydrate tons of kiwi fruits at the same time. 

The only downside of using this method is that it takes about 6 to 12 hours to fully dry the fruits. 

Here’s how to do it: 

Tools needed:

Instructions for how to dehydrate kiwi in a food dehydrator: 

    1. Peel your kiwi fruits using a vegetable peeler
    2. Slice them into 1/4 or 1/2 inch discs. Note: the thinner your kiwi fruit is, the faster it dehydrates. 
    3. Place the kiwi slices onto your food dehydrator’s trays. Create a space between them for air to circulate.
    4. Place the tray inside the dehydrator and set it to 135 degrees. 
    5. Dehydrate for 6 to 12 hours.
    6. Remove the tray and let it cool.
    7. Store the dehydrated kiwi in a resealable mylar bag.

Pro tip: The skin of kiwi is delicious and edible so I suggest leaving it on to enjoy the fruit even more. 

2. Oven

Estimated time to dehydrate: 3 to 4 hours

Dehydrating kiwi in a conventional oven is quite straightforward and faster than drying the fruit using a food dehydrator. 

The only thing that you need to keep in mind is to make sure not to leave the fruit unattended during the drying process as this can cause a burnt mess.

Follow these easy steps to learn how to dehydrate kiwi using the oven method: 

Tools needed:

    • Kiwi
    • Knife
    • Vegetable peeler
    • Oven

Instructions for how to dehydrate kiwi in an oven: 

    1. Peel your kiwi fruits using a vegetable peeler
    2. Slice them into 1/4 or 1/2 inch discs. 
    3. Place kiwi slices on a drying rack over a cookie sheet. Ensure they don’t overlap.
    4. Dehydrate kiwi slices for three to four hours. 
    5. Remove them from the oven and enjoy your kiwi chips!

3. Air fryer

Estimated time to dehydrate: 4 hours

Another quick and easy way of dehydrating kiwi is to use an air fryer. 

The only disadvantage of using this technique is that you can’t dehydrate a large amount of kiwi at the same time, especially when you have a smaller air fryer.

Tools needed:

    • Kiwi
    • Knife
    • Vegetable peeler
    • Air fryer

Instructions for how to dehydrate kiwi in an air fryer: 

    1. Peel your kiwi fruits using a vegetable peeler
    2. Slice them into 1/4 or 1/2 inch discs. 
    3. Preheat your air fryer to 130°F.
    4. Place the kiwi slices on the air fryer basket in a single layer. Give some space between the kiwi slices for even airflow.
    5. Put the basket in the air fryer and let it dehydrate for about four hours.

Pro tip: If your air fryer model has a dehydrating setting, use that option to dehydrate the fruits. 

The bottom line

Why choose store-bought dried kiwi if you can dehydrate the fruit at home? Whether you use your oven, air fryer, or food dehydrator, these methods are sure to give you a satisfying result. 

And now that you know how to dehydrate, rush to your kitchen, make your batch of dried kiwis, and enjoy them as is, or toss the fruits in your favorite salad or breakfast bowl!

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How To Dehydrate Kiwi In An Oven

How To Dehydrate Kiwi In An Oven

Learn how to dehydrate kiwi using a conventional oven to enjoy the fruit whenever your kiwi craving strikes

Ingredients

  • Kiwi
  • Knife
  • Vegetable peeler
  • Oven

Instructions

  1. Peel your kiwi fruits using a vegetable peeler
  2. Slice them into 1/4 or 1/2 inch discs. 
  3. Place kiwi slices on a drying rack over a cookie sheet. Ensure they don’t overlap.
  4. Dehydrate kiwi slices for three to four hours. 
  5. Remove them from the oven and enjoy your kiwi chips!

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