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Dried fruit allows us to enjoy seasonal fruits all year round. It’s completely guilt-free and can make a great gift for the health conscious friends or family in your life that love fruit. Best of all, you have control over the fruits that you use. If possible you can select locally grown fruits, fruits that are in season, ripe, and organic, and when all is said and done… there won’t be any added sugars or sulfates.
There are so many amazing jars and containers on the market these days. This is a great opportunity to reuse and repurpose containers from around the house. For example… I had some gallon sized plastic containers that dried beans had come in. Bob and I toted them around for years. They bounced between the garage, my craft room and then into my pantry. I just hated the idea of throwing them away because I just knew that one day the perfect project would come along… and so it did! To dress them up I made my own labels on my home computer and printer, spray painted the lids and added a drawer pull to the top for some added flare. ( I washed them throughly first of course )
I also use jars for any opportunity of gift giving as well. I found a wonderful sitet that sells adorable lids that come in several colors. It is called Factory Direct Crafts. That is where I got the brown rustic lid in the photo to the right. Shoot, you could put dried beans in that jar and make it seem like an exciting gift. :)
I created a whole new category for dehydrated fruits and shared the links here to get you started. The ones with an * after it, indicates new recipe / technique. The techniques are simple but I thought it worth sharing anyway. I will add more over time but there are enough here to get you started or to at least give you some ideas.