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How To Tell When Dehydrated Fruit Is Done!

thompkinz | Feb 27, 201408:00 AM

Yello there, I just got my first dehydrator (a Nesco) and I've quickly become obsessed with dehydrating just about everything in our household, ie mangos, honeydew, watermelon, jerky etc. But I've come across one issue while drying fruits, I can't tell exactly when it's dried enough. I'm looking to store the pieces for a long period of time, probably in glass jars in the cupboard. At first the pieces become squishy, and sticky on the inside when ripped open, but when I try to squeeze water out of them, I can't get any but they do stick to my fingers. But the second phase leaves them brittle, not sticky but crisper. This might sound goofy, but I'm curious because the first phase of cooking, where the pieces are still a little sticky are DELICIOUS but if they won't keep long then I'll have to keep on cookin them. Anyway, any help with how to tell the pieces are finished would be appreciated!

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