Oven-dried lemon peel
Fresh bay leaves
Nutmeg, grated down to half
Preparation: Slice in half stem end to the bottom. Then, slice halves into 1/4" slices.
Approximate Drying Time at 140ÂºF: 4-6 hrs.
Test for Doneness: Firm, dry to the touch and appears like stained glass.
Preparation: Peel if desired, core and slice into 1/8" slices.
Approximate Drying Time at 140ÂºF: 4-8 hrs.
Test for Doneness: Pliable to crisp. Dried apples store best when they are slightly crisp.
Preparation: Slice in half lengthwise.
Approximate Drying Time at 140ÂºF: 4-5 hrs.
Test for Doneness: Leathery and slightly pliable.
Preparation: Thinly peel the outer 1/16 to 1/8" of the peel. Do not use the white bitter pith under the peel.
Approximate Drying Time at 140ÂºF: 1-2 hrs.
Test for Doneness: Tough to brittle.
Preparation: Slice into 1/4" thick crosswise slices.
Approximate Drying Time at 140ÂºF: 3-4 hrs.
Test for Doneness: Pliable to slightly crisp.
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