Food Friday – Homemade Dried Mango

Addictions can be sooooo expensive… and no, I’m not talking drink and drugs, I’m talking dried fruit.

Even more expensive if, like me, you seek out the good stuff – with no added c**p!

When I was younger I was obsessed with dried banana, I thought I was such a healthy child and it wasn’t until now in my late 20’s that I discovered the healthy snack was majorly  unhealthy – what a bummer!  Completely filled with chemicals and added sugar.

I actually grabbed a packet of dried mango off my friend the other week to discover it was only 60% mango !!!SIXTY PERCENT!!! so what else was in it I hear you ask – SUGAR – full on added sugar… as if fruit weren’t sugary enough.

Rant over.  

My obsession has now developed into dried fruit of the mango variety – now mango isn’t the cheapest of fruits but making your own does work out cheaper (especially if you live in America where I hear it’s ridiculously expensive to buy), and who knew how easy it is.  Even without a dehydrator.

All you need is:

  • 2 mangoes
  • 1 wire cooling rack
  • And an oven (well durr)

1. Preheat the oven to it’s lowest temperature (between 50-75°C)

2. Peel the mangoes

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3. Thinly slice taking care to avoid the stone (see tips below)

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4. Place onto your wire cooling rack and pop in the oven for 2-3 hours turning halfway

5. Let cool and store in an tight container to be enjoyed at your leisure – remember these don’t contain any preservatives so the shelf-life won’t be great (that’s if they make it to the container in the first place – they are delicious)

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Top Tips: Don’t slice your mango too thin otherwise they will turn into crisps.  Likewise don’t slice them too thick as they will take too long.  If you keep an eye on them you can take some smaller pieces out at an earlier time.

Happy Fri-YAY fitfam!

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  1. July 14, 2014 / 5:11 pm

    I need to start drying my own fruit. It looks so easy!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog. I am new to yours, but I have bookmarked it and I will be back 🙂

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