If you love sweet snakes, then you must try dehydrated pineapples. In this article, I am going to teach you how you can dehydrate pineapples in an air fryer at your home. Fruit dehydration requires a lot of time. Therefore, when you prepare for dried pineapples, set your mind to cook it for a long time. You can prepare dehydrated pineapples with your air fryer if the device meets the temperature requirements. I am going to guide you regarding this as well in the end. I hope you will be able to prepare your dehydrated pineapples by yourself at home after reading this article.
Pineapple nutrition facts (165 gm)
- Calories – 83
- Carbohydrate – 20 g
- Fiber – 2.3 g
- Protein – 1 g
- Fat – 1.8 g
Other than the nutrition contents include vitamins and minerals such as vitamin B6, B12, folate, and vitamin C. Mineral contents include copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, and so on. The prominent nutrition facts in pineapple are vitamin C and manganese. Other than these, pineapples contain antioxidants that are important for our immune system. Pineapples also contain enzymes that are helpful for our digestion. Other benefits include speeding up the recovery after any surgery, suppressing inflammation, and so on.
Air fryer dehydrated pineapples – Ingredients
Fruit dehydration requires nothing but the food you want to dry up. It is a process of getting out the water from the food. Therefore, dehydration of pineapple is no exception. We need only one ingredient to dehydrate this fruit – fresh pineapple. If you want to enjoy a bit sour dehydrated pineapple, then choose a little bit greenish. Otherwise, if you want it sweet, then let the sugar get concentrated. When you smell sweetness, only then start your cooking.
Pineapple dehydration process
- First, you need to remove the skin of the pineapple. It is a little tricky job. Cut the top and the bottom first. Cut approximately 1 inch from both sides.
- Now peel off the rough skin. Place the pineapple upright and slice the skin from top to bottom. Continue cutting the hard layer until you have fully exposed the flesh.
- Now cut the eyes of the pineapple from the flesh. Use your knife and cut around 0.5 inch inward of the eye to remove it. You may lose some flesh during this process. When cutting the eye, try to save as much flesh as possible.
- Now cut the flesh of the pineapple as per your required shape. If you want the slices to be round, then make the slices horizontally and remove the center by using a paring knife.
- If you want the dried pineapples in chunks, then cut the flesh vertically and separate the flesh from the center. Make the size of the chunks as per your wish.
- Now put the slices of the pineapples on the try of your air fryer. The rule of thumb during fruit dehydration is to arrange the fruits in a single layer. Do not bother if the slices touch one another.
- If the air fryer has multiple layers, then try to use all the layers to get the maximum capacity. Pineapple slices occupy a huge surface area. Therefore, a regular air fryer with a single layer rack will not give you enough yield.
- Now dehydration time. Set the temperature of the air fryer to 135°F and run it for 12 hours. Fruit dehydration is a slow process. Therefore, you require a lot of patience. After the set time, if you still think that you need to dry the pineapples, then run the air fryer for another 2 or 3 hours at the same temperature.
Suggested air fryers for pineapple dehydration
You may already know that pineapple dehydration requires a special temperature that the majority of the regular air fryer can not attain. It is recommended that an air fryer has a lower temperature range of around 100°F to become fully capable of fruit dehydration. Therefore, if you do not have such an air fryer, then try the best air fryers that can dehydrate pineapples. If you are living in a large family, then you need an air fryer with a multi-layer rack that can dehydrate as well. In that case, I would suggest Instant Vortex 10 qt air fryer. Otherwise, if you want to stick to a common 6-quart air fryer with a dehydrator option, then Chefman 6.3 qt is a better option.
Have you got enough idea of preparing dehydrated pineapple in an air fryer from this review? Capacity will be a concern if you want to dehydrate your pineapples in a small air fryer. Therefore, I would recommend you to get an air fryer with a large capacity having layers. If you intend to dehydrate pineapples on frequent occasions, then it is better to get a dedicated dehydrator. But if you do not do it too often, then it is wise to use the air fryer. It will save you a lot of space on the countertop.