Dried fruit is yummy and nutritious. Make some today.
Wash fruit and cut into thin slices.
Lay fruit on a parchment covered cooking sheet. Fruit slices should not touch each other.
Place tray of fruit in oven. Turn oven on very low setting (150-200 degrees F / 50 degrees C). You only want to dry the fruit, not to cook it. The drying process will take several hours; do not try to increase heat to speed up drying process.
Remove from oven when fruit is sufficiently dehydrated. Fruit should be chewy, not crunchy or squishy.
Sliced fruit can also be threaded on a clean cotton string and hung to dry in the sun. Knot thread between slices to keep slices separate. Tie fruit-filled thread horizontally between two upright posts or other convenient objects.
Commercial dehydrators are also available to purchase. Most will include simple instructions.
Before drying sliced apples or or pears, soak them in acidic juice such as pineapple or lemon to keep the fruit from turning brown as it dries.
Peel and core the fruit (primarily apples) into chains. Hang them outside with a string through the core center. Let mother nature dry the fruit for a week or two.
Fruit hung to dry may need protection from insects or other contaminants.