The orchard called and said peaches were ready for picking, and wanted to know if I would like to place an order. I love small town local people you get a call if you’re a regular customer. Of course I said yes, and would take a half bushel. That’s just enough for our family to eat and I did do a little dehydrating. As you know I start school this week and thought dehydrated peaches would make a good snack to keep in my backpack. By the way 17 dehydrated peaches fit into one quart jar. I like to keep my things in glass containers I think food takes on the taste of plastic, but maybe it’s just me.
The peaches I purchased are organic so all I did was give them a good rinsing before I started cutting them. I quarter the peaches, remove the stone, and then cut each quarter into four additional slices. I also keep the skin on, it would be too much work to try and peel them. I really like them to be all natural so I also don’t add anything to the peaches. The ones you buy in the store have a chemical on them to help keep the color . Believe me you don’t need any of that stuff, who cares if they’re a little darker after being dehydrated.
Sometimes not all the slices make it to the dehydrator, I tend to nibble while I work. I randomly place the peach slices on the dehydrator racks and dehydrate for 48 hours. The whole house smells so good. I do rotate the racks halfway through the process, I notice my machine tends to dry the bottom racks faster than the top. I just use a cheap $20 dehydrator to get the job done. I do believe you can dehydrate in the oven too if this is easier for you.