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.
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
Full Recipe Instructions
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.
I can’t wait to try this. I use dried pineapple in my overnight “carrot-cake” oatmeal. Quality dried pineapple is so expensive. I especially like the idea of adding spices , mentioned in the comments. Thanks.
I'm so anxious to try this. I wonder how it might be different using the Convection Bake or Convection Roast setting on my oven. Different temperature or different time?
You know, I have the convection option on my oven but I never use it. I bet it would work great, though, since it moves the air around.
Hi every body
Anybody knows how much dried fruit can I have with 1 kg of pineapple or a whole fresh Pineapple? My wife has a big business party and I am supposed to make them a big pot of dried pineapple. About 2.5-3 kg of dried.
Thank you guys
That's a tough call and I'm sure the final amount would depend on how much moisture you remove. I actually have no idea!
Since pineapples is 87% water, the calculation is easy.
1 kg reduces to 0.13 kg after dehydrating to get 3 kg you will need about 23 kg of fresh, prepared pineapple! That is 3kg/0.13 kg = 23 kg of prepped fresh fruit!
It is worth the effort. I would recommend a bit of seasoning. I like 50% cinnamon, 23% cardamom, and 25% dried ginger.
That seasoning blend sounds heavenly!
Milly Kevin Tebusabwa
This is a great idea. I will try it out with the seasoning. I am drying pineapples with a solar dryer but due to heavy rains currently in my country, I am using an electrical fruit dryer. I am still finding it hard to get the quality desired by the clients. I need some tips on how to make crispy pineapple snacks. Thanks a lot
The best ever, we have to do it. I love dry all my fruit rather than buy sry food in shop.
Thank you for sharing. I am going to try it out today.
If you use a cooling rack on the baking sheet, you don't need to flip the pineapple, because the heat will be able to circulate around the fruit. That's how I make jerky, so I would assume it would work with drying fruit too?
Exactly! That's how I make bacon too. Next time I dry pineapple I'll be doing it on a rack.
Hello Brian thank you for the tip. Do you use the baking rack in the conventional or convection oven? I would live to try them in my Toshiba microwave/air fryer/ convection/baker/broiler oven.
Do you think I could double the oven temp and only put the pineapples in the oven for four hours? Or would they not turn out the same?
Hi Julie, If you did that you would cook the pineapple rather than dehydrate it. Definitely don't try that!
Hello there! What is the shelf life of the dried pinapples?
If kept completely air tight, they should last several weeks or more. It really also depends on how dry you get them.
Absolutely wonderful 8 hours was perfect I only did one thing different I used a cooling rack instead of a pan with parchment paper.
I actually think that's an even better method!
Can I use wax paper instead of parchment paper
Hi Shirley, I wouldn't use wax paper. If you don't have parchment paper, you can just set them directly on the baking sheet or if you have a rack that you can put on the baking sheet, that would work great as well.
Shirley, wax paper burns. I've tried it
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I’m dehydrating some pineapple in my oven as I write this, I’m almost finished and just tasted a small piece boy is it good. I will never buy grocery store dried fruit again, papaya is next on my list
I just received some dried Pineapple. What do I do now Do i eat them just like I received them or do I need to do something to them so they can be eaten.
Dried pineapple is a great snack. Eat them as is!
Was recently served dried pineapple on a flight. Instant love!
Thank you for this recipe, can't wait to try it.
At 175 degrees, this actually took closer to 11 hours for me. I had ~1/4" slices on a Silpat mat, so maybe that was the difference. Fortunately, I used the time cook option on my oven and didn't have to stay up all night to watch them (though I did flip them several times before I went to bed). I'll definitely make again, but I might turn up the temp to get that chewy texture and golden color. Oh, and buy twice as many pineapples because they're addicting!
Can I use canned pineapple?
Hi Stacy, I wish I could tell you for certain, but canned and fresh pineapple are so different I'm not sure how it would turn out. If you try it, will you come back and let me know? Thanks, krissy
I tried the pineapple in the can I prefer it better fresh. It just didn't seem to taste the same.
Just thought I'd let you know, I used an electric knife to cut my pineapple. It made REALLY thin slices!
GREAT suggestion! I have one, but have never used it to cut pineapple!