Dried Persimmon Slices – easy diy method for drying persimmon in your oven.
Yesterday I had some ripe persimmons in my pantry that I needed to store somehow, so I got the idea to dry them. Since I don’t own a dehydrator, I used my oven for the same purpose.
The process is quite simple. You peel and slice persimmons, place them on a baking tray lined with baking paper and dry in 140 F (60 C) oven.
It took about 10 hours for my persimmon slices to dry. Thinner ones were completely hard, while thicker ones were still a little soft. If I didn’t plan to eat them in a few days, I would have to dry them for another hour or two.
The tricky part is that when they are warm in the oven, they always seem soft. But when you take them out of the oven and let cool, they will turn completely hard if they are properly dry.
Another confusing thing is that top of persimmon slices always seemed shiny as if they were wet. Later on I realized that the shine was probably due to a slight caramelization that happened on the surface of slices.
All in all, I could say that this “experiment” was successful and I can use this method for making Dried Persimmon Slices every time when I need it.
- 3 persimmons
Peel persimmons and cut into slices. The thinner the slices, the quicker they are going to dry.
Place the slices ona a baking tray covered with baking paper. Put in a 140 F (60) oven and let dry. You can use a wooden spoon to keep oven door slightly ajar.
I checked them every hour to see how they were doing. I turned them once after about 4 hours. All in all it took 10 hours for my persimmon slices to dry.