Oven Dried Pineapple is an easy way to make dehydrated pineapple without a dehydrator.
Did you know you don’t need a dehydrator to make your own dried fruit? I will show you How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple so that you can enjoy this sweet and healthy treat.
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OVEN DRIED PINEAPPLE RECIPE
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I always thought I needed a dehydrator to dry my own fruit and make recipes like beef jerky. Every time I contemplated getting one, I looked at the size of it and realized that I had no place to store it, let alone the counter space to use it. So, my dream of making my own dried fruit came to an end. Until, that is, I figured out how to do it in my oven.
The first time I tried dried pineapple was in my Hawaiian style homemade granola I made with macadamia nuts, coconut, oats, and dried mango, pineapple, and banana. Sounds good, right? It was oh-so good. It was at that moment that I realized dried pineapple is an incredibly delicious snack.
Some fruits don’t dry well in my opinion. Pineapple does. You must make sure you start out with a perfectly ripe pineapple. You can tell when it’s ready by the color (it should be more yellow than green) and it’s scent (the bottom should smell wonderful).
How to dry a fresh pineapple in the oven:
Once you slice off the exterior and cut your pineapple into thin slices, you need to get rid of the core in the middle. You can just use a knife, but as I was rummaging through my utensil drawer I realized that this metal frosting tip would be perfect, and it was.
Simply lay them in a single layer on your lined baking dish. I actually had two more slices than what you see here but I couldn’t resist and had to eat them fresh. I make no apologies.
You’ll need to bake them in the oven for around eight hours, flipping them every few hours.The end result is perfectly chewy, naturally sweet, tart and tangy nature candy!
How long does dried pineapple last?
When sealed properly, your homemade dehydrated pineapple should last around 2-4 weeks in the pantry or on the counter. If you place your sealed dried pineapple in the fridge or freezer it will last around the same length of time. However, I would not expect them to last very long once you get a taste of them. I know they sure didn’t last long at my place!
Is dehydrated pineapple good for you?
Like any dried fruit, you’ll benefit from vitamins and fiber. That’s always a good thing. Dried fruit, however, has a ton of sugar in it. There’s no added sugar, but just like with fruit juice, there’s a ton of natural sugar. That being said, dried pineapple should be treated as a treat. I consider it a healthy snack because compared to other snack foods (meaning processed, pre-packaged snacks geared towards kids), I would much rather give my kids dehydrated pineapple.
How should you eat Dehydrated Pineapple?
There are lots of ways that you can eat dried pineapple. The best way is to just eat it plain, as it is a naturally sweet treat. Another way is to chop up the dried pineapple rings into smaller pieces and make your own trail mix with them. It will be the perfect sweet compliment to the nuts. Also, like I said above, you can also make a nice Hawaiian granola with the dried pineapple!
Whatever you do with it, it is sure to be a sweet treat for everyone to enjoy!
Love homemade pineapple recipes?
You’ll definitely have to try:
- Pineapple Upside Down Cake
- Mango Pineapple Smoothie
- Krissy’s Sweet Potato Casserole
- Hummingbird Cake
- Tropical Muffins
- Hawaiian Ham Skewers
How to Make Oven Dried Pineapple
- 1 whole pineapple ripe and fragrant
- Using a serrated edge knife, cut top and bottom off of pineapple. With the pineapple set vertically on your cutting board, cut the sides off. Use a paring knife to remove any eyes that remain on the fruit.
- Lay the peeled pineapple on its side and slice it into ¼ inch rounds (or even thinner if you can).
- Use a paring knife or the round part of a metal frosting tip to remove the hard core center.
- Lay rings in a single layer on a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Dry in 175° F oven for 8 hours while flipping pineapple rings every couple of hours.
- Store in airtight container.
This post was originally created in August 2016 and has been updated with more fun facts and tidbits for your reading pleasure.