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Learn how to dry apricots in air fryer to save time and money. This easy recipe is the best way to make air fryer dehydrated apricots.

Keep reading to discover how simple making these delicious dehydrated snacks is!

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Dehydrating apricots in an air fryer is a game-changer for anyone who loves a great snack but doesn’t want to spend all day in the kitchen. With these latest small kitchen appliances, you can transform fresh apricots into deliciously chewy, sweet treats in a fraction of the time it takes using traditional methods.

It’s super easy, and the results are fantastic. Plus, this healthier alternative allows you to enjoy the natural flavors and nutrients of apricots without the added sugars or preservatives like the ones found at the grocery store

When I weighed nearly 300 lbs, I would have never reached for dehydrated fruit as a snack, but now that  I have lost 125 pounds, I realize what a delicious snack it really is.

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Why You Will Love Drying Apricots in Your Air Fryer

Drying apricots in your air fryer is a fantastic way to enjoy this delicious fruit, and here are three reasons why you’ll love it:

  • Quick and Easy: Air fryers dry fruits in just a few minutes, saving you time.
  • Healthy Snack: You control the ingredients, ensuring no added sugars or preservatives.
  • Versatile: This dried fruit is perfect for snacking, baking, or adding to salads or granola.

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Ingredients

The printable recipe card includes ingredient quantities, step-by-step instructions, and nutritional information below.

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  • The only thing you need for this recipe is apricots. I recommend organic apricots if possible. You can use a can of apricots if that is all you have available, but it will probably require a little patience and a longer cooking time.

Optional:

  • Olive oil – just a little spritz of oil to enhance flavor and help prevent sticking.
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How to Dry Apricots in Air Fryer

Drying fresh fruit in an air fryer is quick and easy! Here’s a simple method:

  • Prepare the Apricots: Wash them thoroughly, cut them in half, and remove the pits. For best results, cut apricots into thin slices. I do not recommend using apricot halves because this will take a long period of time to cook. You can spray them with a bit of oil, but it isn’t necessary. 
  • Preheat the Air Fryer: Set your air fryer to the dehydrate setting, typically around 135°F (57°C). Use the lowest temperature available if your air fryer doesn’t have a dehydrating setting. My air fryer’s lowest temperature is 170 degrees, and the recipe is based on that temperature.
  • Arrange the Apricots: Place the slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket or on the dehydrator racks. Make sure they have enough space and are not overlapping to ensure even drying. 
  • Dehydrate: Cook the apricots for about 45-90 minutes, checking them periodically. The exact time may vary depending on the thickness of the slices and the air fryer model. They should be dry and leathery but still slightly pliable. Be sure to keep a close eye on them to prevent burning, and you’ll want to flip around the apricot slices in the middle of the cooking process.
  • Cool and Store: Once dried, let the apricots cool completely before storing them in an airtight container. They can last for several months if stored in a cool, dark place. 

PRO TIP: The drying process might take longer depending on how thick your slices are and how much water content your apricots have.

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FAQ’s

How long does it take to dehydrate apricots in an air fryer?

If using this recipe, dehydrating apricots in an air fryer typically takes about 45 minutes to 90 minutes. The exact time can vary depending on the apricot slices’ thickness and your air fryer’s specific model. It’s a good idea to check them periodically to ensure they reach the desired level of dryness, which is leathery but still slightly pliable.


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Do you have to peel apricots before dehydrating?

No, you don’t have to peel apricots before dehydrating them. The skin is thin and becomes even more unnoticeable once dried. Leaving the skin on helps retain more nutrients and adds a bit of extra fiber to the dehydrated apricots. Just make sure to wash the apricots thoroughly before slicing and dehydrating them.

Can you dehydrate in an air fryer without a dehydrator setting?

Yes, you can dehydrate in an air fryer even if it doesn’t have a specific dehydrator setting.

First, choose the lowest temperature setting on your air fryer, typically around 135°F (57°C) to 150°F (65°C). If your air fryer doesn’t go that low, use the closest possible setting and keep an eye on the drying process to avoid overcooking.

Next, wash, slice, or prepare the food you want to dehydrate, making sure the pieces are evenly sized for consistent drying. Place the food in a single layer in the air fryer basket or on the racks, ensuring good air circulation around each piece.

Dehydrate for several hours, checking periodically and flipping the food occasionally to ensure even drying. The drying time can vary based on the type of food, its moisture content, and the air fryer model.

Finally, check for doneness. The food should be dry, leathery, and slightly pliable. If it’s not fully dehydrated, continue drying and checking every 30 minutes. 

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What is the lifespan of dried apricots?

How long dried apricots last depends on how they are stored:

  1. Room Temperature: If stored in an airtight container in a cool, dark place, dried apricots can last 6 to 12 months.
  2. Refrigeration: Storing dried apricots in the refrigerator can extend their shelf life to about 1 to 2 years. Ensure they are kept in an airtight container to prevent moisture and odors from affecting them.
  3. Freezing: For the longest shelf life, you can freeze dried apricots. When stored properly in a sealed, airtight container or freezer bag, they can last up to 18 months or longer.

Always check dried apricots for any signs of spoilage, such as an off smell, discoloration, or mold, before consuming.

For more information regarding proper food storage, go to https://www.foodsafety.gov/

Can you freeze dried apricots?

Yes, you can freeze dried apricots to extend their shelf life. When stored properly in a sealed, airtight container or freezer bag, frozen dried apricots can last up to 18 months or longer.

Freezing helps to preserve their flavor and texture while preventing spoilage. When you’re ready to use them, thaw the frozen dried apricots in the refrigerator or at room temperature before consuming or using them in recipes.

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How to Dry Apricots in Air Fryer

Learn how to dry apricots in air fryer to save time and money. This easy recipe is the best way to make air fryer dehydrated apricots.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Keyword can you freeze dried apricots, how to dry apricots in air fryer
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 34kcal
Author Cindy Newland with Intentionally Eat

Ingredients

  • 2 apricots

Instructions

  • Preheat your air fryer on lowest setting for 5 minutes.
  • Wash apricots, then cut into thin slices and remove the pits.
  • Place the apricot slices in a single layer in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 30 minutes on the lowest setting.
  • Flip the apricot slices and air fry for 15-30 minutes longer. The slices should be dry and leathery but still slightly pliable. If not, air fry longer in 15 minute increments until the apricots are dried. *Note 1
  • Enjoy! Store in an airtight container.

Notes

Nutritional Information is only an estimate. The accuracy of this recipe may differ depending on the ingredients you use.
Note 1: Air frying times will depend on the thinness of your apricot slices and your particular air fryer. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 34kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 1g | Fiber: 1g

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​Disclaimer: Please note that I am not a medical professional. The information provided on this blog is based on my personal experiences and research as a vegan recipe enthusiast. While I strive to provide accurate and up-to-date information, it is important to consult with a qualified healthcare professional or a registered dietitian before making any significant changes to your diet, especially if you have any underlying health conditions or concerns. The recipes and tips shared on this blog are meant for general informational purposes and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical advice. Always prioritize your health and well-being by seeking personalized guidance from a qualified healthcare provider.

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