I don’t know about you but I just love my dehydrator. It works so hard for me. The poor thing runs year round at my house. It is always busily making me on-the-go snacks like kombucha jerky, holiday decorations, and these dried persimmon snacks.
Before I got myself a dehydrator, I dried almonds in my oven on the lowest setting, but not much else.
If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can use your oven, but I highly suggest you put a dehydrator on your “make a perfect kitchen list,” because it will likely open up a wonderful new world for you like mine has for me. This is the one I have and love.
Between my dehydrated snacks and nutrient dense fast food I am almost never put in a position to buy yucky foods on the go. It makes me really happy!
Dried persimmon snacks – what you need
Please note that the amounts are up to you. Make as much as your purpose requires.
- 1 lb. fuyu persimmon*
- 2 lemons, juice
- your oven or a dehydrator
How to make dried persimmon snacks
- Slice off stems of persimmons, leaving a flat plane on which to steady the slippery persimmon for next step.
- Steadying persimmon on flat plane where stem used to be, slice persimmon into 1/8 inch thick pieces.**
- Add all of your slices to a bowl and pour the juice of 2 lemons over the slices.
- Stir so that all the persimmons become covered in lemon juice. This will help them keep their vibrant orange color and will give them a bright, light, zingy taste.
- In the Oven:
Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay your persimmon slices out in an oven preheated to 200F° and dry your persimmons for 2-3 hours or until there is no more moisture and the slices are crisp.
- In the Dehydrator:
Lay your persimmon slices out on dehydrator trays. Set dehydrator to 150F° and dry persimmons for 20 hours or until there is no more moisture and the slices are crisp.
*I do not suggest Hachiya persimmons for this recipe.
** If you plan to add your dried persimmons to granola or trail mix, chop your thin slices into smaller pieces.
“Dried Persimmon Snacks” was generously contributed by Monica Ford of Real Food Devotee. Monica's recipes will make your mouth water and your tummy purr. If you’re lucky enough to live in Los Angeles, Real Food Devotee can make your life easier by delivering nutrient dense goodies directly to your door.