Drying is by far the simplest and most natural method of preserving food," writes Carol W. Costenbader, in The Big Book of Preserving the Harvest, from which these instructions for how to go about drying your own are drawn.
a) Place peach slices directly on oven racks or first spread 100 percent cotton sheet or cheesecloth over oven racks.
b) Preheat oven to 145 degrees, propping door open with wooden spoon to allow steam to escape.
If you want to store the dried peaches for any great length of time, it is best to pasteurize the slices. After drying is complete, freeze the peaches for several days at zero degrees in a deep freeze (the freezer compartment of a refrigerator won’t do), or heat in a 175 degree oven for 10-15 minutes
Store in airtight ziplock bags or glass containers kept inside paper bag to protect from light. Store in cool dry place. Since a refrigerator is cool and moist, keep the dried fruit there only in the heat of summer, but make sure the package is air tight.
How to Dry Peaches
Peaches are a very dynamic fruit, able to be made into the sweetest of dishes as well as complement the most savory steaks.
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