I had ten mangoes given to us the other day, five of which were ripe and needed to be eaten soon. I wasn’t sure if the boys would like fresh mango. They’ve had it before, but change their minds a lot on whether or not they like it. I decided to make dried mangoes with them. Everyone in our house loves them so I had no doubt that they would be eaten within a couple of days!
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I’m lazy when it comes to dehydrating, so my dehydrator hasn’t been used in a couple of years. Mostly because I hate washing the trays. I’ve only ever dried fruit on it, so it likes to stick to the trays and it’s impossible to soak those big things in my small sink. You’re supposed to use these mesh screens for the fruit, but I never wanted to spend that much on them. My dehydrator came with one, but that wasn’t enough for a big batch of fruit. I improvised and bought some plastic canvas that I cut to fit on the trays and it works just as well!
The top is the one it came with and the bottom is the plastic canvas.
How To Make Dried Mangoes
Use a peeler to peel your mangoes. (I use a ceramic one that works amazing!) And cut out any bad spots.
Try to slice them uniformly and even so that they’ll dry at the same rate. This is my awful attempt.
Lay your mesh screens or plastic canvas on the trays and place the sliced mangoes on them. Five mangoes filled up three of my trays.
Stack the trays and put the top on. Turn temperature to 135°F / 57°C or whatever setting your dehydrator says for fruits. Plug in and leave for 6-18 hours. It just depends how dry you like yours to be.
I took mine out after 6 hours. We like ours to still be a bit chewy so the boys can eat them easily. I stored it in an empty peanut butter jar in the fridge.
It tasted great and the boys devoured theirs!
And I didn’t even have to wash my trays! The mangoes peeled easily off the canvas and I soaked them in the sink before washing. Easy!