It is really tricky to save money on your food bill. We all know that even though the cost of fruits and vegetables seem to cost more, they spoil even faster. If fresh fruits are something that you and your family enjoy, then you might want to consider drying your fruit before it spoils.

Dried fruit is a very good alternative to sweets. If you keep dried fruit around the house your children will be reaching for the dried fruit rather than candy which is bad for them. When fruit is dried, the flavor is concentrated so dried fruit is simply bursting with flavor.

Drying fruit is very easy to do because you really don’t need any expensive equipment. You can purchasing some sealing jars from the supermarket for storing the dried fruit but you can just as easily store it in plastic bags.

To get started, select the fruit that you want to dry. Almost all fruits can be dried so pick good choices. You can select tomatoes, apples, bananas, plums, apricots, grapes, oranges or any other type of fruit that you like. You can also dry the rinds of citrus fruits like lemons or limes.

Thoroughly clean all of the equipment and fruit that you need. If you are planning to dry your fruit outdoors, you will also need drying racks if you are not using your oven. One thing to keep in mind if you are using the oven is that certain types of fruit will dry before other types of fruit so you have to keep an eye on them so that you can remove the ones that have dried.

Start by slicing your fruit into thin slices or small pieces. If you are drying apples, peel and core them before slicing them. To dry tomatoes, you will quarter or slice them and add salt to them before you dry them. If you are drying plums or grapes, you do not have to remove the skin.

You can also use your microwave oven to dry your fruit but you should do this in small batches. You have to keep in mind that in order for the fruit to dry they need to be spaced evenly so that the air circulates. If you are using the microwave to dry you fruit, you will have to use the defrost setting to do this. Thirty to forty-five minutes is the usual drying time. You can check the fruit after it has been drying for thirty minutes and adjust the time accordingly. Do not dry tomatoes in the microwave because tomatoes require a long time to dry. They will take about 24 hours and they need to be dried at 120 degrees.

What I use to dry my fruit is a dehydrator. Dehydrators are very inexpensive so you can purchase one if you like. You simply put your fruit in the dehydrator and turn it on to start the drying process.

Once your fruit is dried, you can eat the dried fruit or put them in your jars for another time. If you are going to store them in your jars, you must let them cool before putting them in the jars. Store your fruit in cool, dark place and they will last for about two weeks. But, then again, I don’t think they will last that long because they are very delicious.

There are also many uses for dried fruit. For example, you can add your dried tomatoes to pizzas, salad or you can use your dried fruit to make cakes. Drying your fruit will save you money because you will not be throwing away the fruit due to spoilage as you will be drying it before it gets to that point.