While dipping fruit in a honey or sugar glaze does add some calories, it is a great way to add flavor and prolong storage time. The easiest way to create healthy tasty snacks using fruit is with a dehydrator. One recipe we love here is to make our own honey dipped dried pineapple slices. Pineapple has a lot of water but can be dehydrated in a short time. And, it’s yummy too!
DIY Dried Pineapple with Honey Glaze
How many calories will a honey dip add to your finished dried pineapple treat? Well, that depends in part on how much honey you leave on the fruit. For this reason, brushing a thin layer of honey on each piece of fruit results in less calories than dipping.
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Is Dehydrated Pineapple a Good Treat?
Dried pineapple is an excellent snack to keep on hand. It stores well and will last for months in the freezer. Full of dietary fiber, snacking on dehydrated pineapple can help support a healthy digestive tract and help you feel full between meals.
However, when fruit is dehydrated, the water is removed but the sugars remain. For this reason, your honey glazed dried pineapple should be viewed as an energy booster or small snack and consumed in moderation.
Using Honey for Fruit Drying Pretreatment
Honey is one of those marvelous pantry staples. When stored properly, honey never spoils – it lasts forever. In addition to being a sweet treat, honey is used in recipes in combination with or instead of regular sugar.
When choosing a type of honey to use for pretreatment of fruit for dehydration, variety doesn’t really matter. Of course, we always recommend buying raw honey straight from the beekeeper when possible.
Some recipes suggest, creating a honey water soak using 1 cup of honey to 3 cups of hot water. Once stirred well, the fruit is soaked for a few minutes – then removed and allowed to drain.
In making these dehydrated pineapple honey slices, we chose to brush on a small amount of honey rather than using the soak method.
How to Make Dehydrated Pineapple with Honey
Time needed: 2 days.
Create yummy slices of dried pineapple with a light honey glaze to add flavor and prolong freshness.
- Choose the Pineapple
Select a nice pineapple of medium size. If it is still very green, let it ripen for a few days. However, do not wait too long – over-ripe pineapples will be more acidic.
- Off With Its Head!
The first thing to do is to “behead” your pineapple. Hopefully, the top is still mostly green with a few dried ends of the foliage. This is a good sign.
- Remove Peeling from Sides
Pineapples can be a rather frustrating food to peel. They are a bit rough and lack the smooth peel of an apple. Use a knife to slice off the outer covering. Several cuts from top to bottom are required.
You will see some brown spots left (eyes). Use your knife to cut the brown away – it is okay if you have to cut into the pineapple a bit. That is normal.
- Remove Core
The center of a pineapple is the core. This area of the fruit is woody and not as flavorful. It is common to discard the core.
Some cooks use a pineapple corer. That is great if you have one on hand but a knife will work just as well. Slice the whole thing into pieces and then cut off the core.
- Slicing Uniform Pieces
Using your knife (or a slicer) cut all of the pineapple into slices of near uniform thickness. If using a mandolin slicer take care to avoid cutting yourself. Cut resistant gloves are a good kitchen accessory to have.
- Absorb Excess Moisture
Lay pineapple slices on a flat surface with a paper towel underneath. Use another paper towel to blot off any excess juice on top of the slices.
- Brush Honey on one Side
Use a silicone brush to apply a light coat of honey to the top side of each pineapple slice.
- Fruit on Trays
Flip fruit over and place on dehydrator trays. Apply another light coat of honey to this side.
- Dehydrate for 16 Hours
Dehydrate pineapple until firm and dry. It may be slightly sticky but there should be no wetness. Normally this takes approximately 16 hours at 135°F.
- Remove from Dehydrator
When pineapple is dry and firm, remove from dehydrator and allow it to cool.
Storing Dried Pineapple Slices
After allowing the dried pineapple to cool, store in an air-tight container. If you plan to consume it within a few days, a jar on the counter is fine. It also stores in the refrigerator for several weeks or freeze it for months of storage.
This is a great way to store fruit for future use. The shelf life is long and it does not take up a lot of room in the freezer or pantry.
Dehydration as a way of food storage has many applications in the kitchen. If you really want to get creative, you can try your hand at dehydrating honey. But, you don’t have to worry as honey has a very long shelf life in its natural state.