April 13, 2013

How to dehydrate mangoes

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Dehydrate mangoes

I just dried mangoes for the first time and they were so awesome, I just had to share!


First you’ll need a batch of ripe mangoes. I bought a box at Costco. They came out to $1 each, which is not super amazing, but not bad either. Here in the Northwest if you can get them for $0.50 – $0.80 that is stock-up talk.

Surprisingly you can’t really tell much about a mangoes ripeness by it’s skin color – it’s best to give them a little squeeze. If they have a little give, I think they are perfect.


Then you peel them. Be careful, they get slippery.  Then slice it into 1/4 inch slices. If you’re not familiar with cutting mangoes, here is a great video from the Mango Board about how to cut a mango.


Cut the cheeks into 1/4 inch thick slices. I did some thinner. It doesn’t really matter what you pick – but the thicker they are, generally the longer they take to dehydrate and the chewier they might be.


Then I had adorable, baby girl hands {not required} that picked up the slices and moved them to. . .


. . .the dehydrating tray. My two-year-old loves puzzles, so this was actually an awesome project for her. She just filled the tray with the shapes.


Fill your dehydrator tray with mango slices. Eat some while you do this.


Then take cheesy photos of the sweet smile, errr, I mean mangoes. This step also not required.


Then put the mango slices into the dehydrator at 130- 135 degrees F for 10 to 12 hours. You’ll know they are done when they are dry and leathery and still flexible. We had preschool in the morning, so I actually dried mine for closer to 14-16 hours. They were fine, in fact, they were delicious – and crunchy. I don’t think you can screw them up.


Then remove them from racks and eat some, of course.


And then after your full, store the rest (if you have any left) in an airtight container. How you store them is up to you, but try to avoid moisture, air, heat or sunlight. I think jars with a tight fitting lid work great!


As you can see from the photos, we also dehydrated some strawberries. This was my very first attempt at drying and it went so well I think I’ll be doing a lot of it this summer when fruits are more affordable.


My kids LOVE eating fruit – and they devoured the dried mangoes and strawberries. I think I’ll be using this as a great way to pack healthy snacks in the car. No way am I packing sticky mangoes or mushy strawberries as an on-the-go snack, but these would be fantastic tossed into a baggie for the car.

I’m not an expert at this by any means. I referenced these two books especially, which I’m guessing you can find at your local library (or Amazon):

As for the type of dehydrator that you need – I think all of them are pretty great. First you can check your local thrift shops, because they are big appliances I think people get tired of storing them and donate them a lot.


Amazon has this Nesco FD-80A Square-Shaped Dehydrator Amazon Frustration-Free Packaging on sale for $55. This is the best price it’s ever been on Amazon. Regular price is $98 and it has nearly 5 out of 5 star reviews.


I personally have the Excalibur 3900B 9 Tray Deluxe Dehydrator, Black – but it’s certainly a dehydrator on steroids – probably much more than the average person needs. The only reason I splurged is because I found a crazy good deal that included a lightning deal and a gift card I had. But I have to say that I do love it and I’m super impressed.

I’d love to hear from you – what do you dehydrate? How do you use your dehydrator? Have you dehydrated mangoes before?



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  1. Might be better if they were more ripe. Those are awfully yellow should be closer to an orange color.

  2. Samira Shahzad says

    I dry apples and use them in a super healthy cereal I make myself.Its a whole meal .Plus the dried apples become crunchy.

  3. Very cute, will try, thanks!

  4. Great information (and wonderful photography too:)! Thank you for sharing the information on the books for dehydrating!

  5. We do grapes and make our own raisins. People let us glean their plants. IF you over dry them just soak in apple juice or warm water for an hour before using. Our fam fav is dried bananas and dried cherries.

  6. Those look so super delicious!! I might have to try this out…oh an your kids are adorable.

  7. Lori Thornburg says

    I have two, yes two, Excaliburs. I have never regretted the purchase. I had tried probably 3 or 4 other types that just didn’t work well.
    There is another website that I found that is amazing at giving dehydrating info. http://www.dehydrate2store.com
    I’ve learned more from her than from any other book I purchased on the subject.

  8. Another good car snack is made with a bag of frozen mixed veggies (not with sauce). The contents should be small (corn, beans, green beans, etc) rather than big (broccoli florets, cauliflower, etc.). Spread the contents of the bag on your dehydrator tray and dry until done. A super crunchy and super healthy snack. I keep a bag at my desk. And this is very easy to rehydrate when camping to add with seasoning to noodles or rice.

    And I load up on pineapple rings when they are on sale. Delicious dried plus much healthier and cheaper than the store variety.

    • Patty – I’m definitely going to try that!! Sounds delicious.

      Let me ask you about the pineapples. I have a ton of canned pineapple, can I dehydrate that? Or should it be fresh?

      • Fresh pineapple would be delicious, but I just load up on the “canned in its own juice” rings when they are on sale and use them for dehydrating. I’ve never tried the tidbits but they would probably work, too.

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