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  • can you dry fruit in slow cooker?

    Hi

    Sorry if this has been asked before, but does anyone know if it's possible to dry fruit in a slow cooker? I want to dry orange slices etc for xmas. I haven't got an airing cupboard, I've tried doing it over the radiator, but they just went mouldly. I don't really want to have the oven on for hours.

    Thanks

  • #2
    Hi, not heard of a slow cooker being used but have heard anecdotally from people who claim to have done it successfully in a microwave and in a kiln. Never done it that way ourselves. I'm afraid its one of those processes we've always considered comes out best if carried out slowly and we have always got best results from electric ovens but this can be expensive for small amounts. [mod edit: please read the rules]

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    • #3
      To be honest I think "low and slow" in an oven is the best way forward- and the second best way is to buy from someone who has done it for you. You need to have your own oven on low enough and with the door open in order to allow air to escape - so yes, it's an expensive process to carry out yourself. I would have thought that a slow cooker, even without a lid, would retain too much moisture to make it viable?
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      • #4
        Just thinking out loud here -

        slow cooker...do you mean the same thing as a crock pot? You put ingredients in and cook it all day long while at work?

        I'm pretty sure that's what you mean, and so I wonder about it being heated for so long with nothing more in it than a little wire rack and some fruit slices. Would it be bad for the crock itself?

        You couldn't put the fruit on the bottom surface of the crock as it would scorch...most slow cookers I've seen are pretty dern hot to touch, even when on low, so you would def need a wire rack down in there for the fruit slices to be placed on. But maybe yours is super low...so think about that.

        Would keeping a crock pot going for a couple of days be any more expensive than an oven on low? I personally would feel safer with the oven on low for a long time than a crock pot with no ingreds in it.

        There are some food dehydrators out there that are small and not too expensive. I think that's the most reasonable way to go. However, I put orange, lemon and lime slices in the oven directly on the rack, and set it to the lowest setting and leave the door cracked open - and it has a pleasant scent, though not strong.

        Plenty of people cook roasts on a low (not the lowest) setting overnight after getting them to a certain temp to kill bacteria etc., so having the oven going a long time on low is not unusual. And if it's cold weather, well, it'll keep your kitchen nice and warm and cozy!

        blackwillow said - I would have thought that a slow cooker, even without a lid, would retain too much moisture to make it viable?

        I agree...I can see this might happen - the moisture collecting on the sides and bottom of the inside of the crock pot, so it might need wiping out periodically to get rid of the moisture. Don't burn your fingers! But I've never tried this so I am just guessing.

        So, not much help am I. But I hope I have given you some ideas to mull over.

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        • #5
          You can get pretty cheap dehydrators that are meant for drying fruit, herbs, flowers etc....
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          • #6
            I would go with the others I think a slow cooker would do just that, cook instead of dry. It's a bit like meringues, they are dried in an oven rather than cooked and they would not work in a slow cooker.
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            • #7
              Thanks for the replies. I looked into food dehydrators, but the cheapest I can find is about £40? Is that about right, or can you get cheaper ones?

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Girl5123 View Post
                Thanks for the replies. I looked into food dehydrators, but the cheapest I can find is about £40? Is that about right, or can you get cheaper ones?

                £40 seems right like this one : http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/offer-lis...K&linkCode=asm

                You might get a cheaper one from your local Adtrader, Preloved, eBAY, QVC and the like if you are lucky They go right up in price to hundreds of pounds :/

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                • #9
                  Thanks for the link

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