Cracking The Skins

Some fruits (peaches, grapes, cherries, hard-skinned berries, some type of plums, etc.) have a heavy skin with a wax-like finish that retards evaporation. To help speed the drying process, you will have to "crack" the skins first.

The skin must be "cracked" or "checked" in many places to remove the waxy coating and to let the inside moisture come to the surface to evaporate. To crack the skin these fruits must be given hot water dip.

Hot Water Dip
  1. In a saucepan, bring water to a boil, reduce heat so water simmers.
  2. Wash fruit, place it in a basket and immerse the filled basket in hot water for the 25 to 50 seconds.
  3. Remove from hot water and plunge immediately into ice-cold water. Keep fruit in cold water until cool, then drain on paper towel.

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