I’ve dried fruit for years, using a ‘commercial’ nine-rack plastic unit, occasionally augmented by a ‘homemade’ plywood, light bulb and fan unit. I dry everything on our unfinished second floor as it’s naturally warm and dry up there most of the fall.
It’s been a great way to preserve my seven trees worth of figs. I’ve also dried persimmons, but must admit, Bartlett pears and ‘overripe marked down’ bananas are some of the tastiest. Apples are nice, with a subtle flavor and a ‘melt in your mouth’ quality.
I’ve not dried either ‘fuzzy’ or ‘hardy’ kiwi, yet ... but felt the hardies
would be good candidates, if I didn’t gobble up the crop while fresh. The fuzzies are such good keepers there seems little reason to preserve them.
I’ve gallon glass jars with nice wide lids, former commercial condiment jars. Kept in a cool, dark and dry ‘fruit cellar,’ they may outlast me! They make excellent gifts. Just tell kids it’s a form of ‘fruit leather,’ or ‘natural candy.’
A very important aspect of even home orcharding
is having the ability to utilize the fruit when it comes on - and drying’s one of the cheapest and easiest!Good work and good luck
with your business