A patient at work brought us three grocery bags full of apricots. They were perfect! I took home a nice amount, but I didn't know what to do with them. I thought of what my family would like and decided to dry them in the dehydrator. It also gave me a chance to try something new and play with my dehydrator a little.
I got my info from ehow.com. So check it out for more detail.
1. Cut the apricots in half and remove pit. Press the skin of the apricot inward pushing the flesh of the apricot outward. This is called "popping the back". It helps the apricots lay flat on the the screen and dry evenly.
2. Make an oxidation bath for the apricots to prevent browning. Use 1/4 cup of lemon juice for every cup of water needed to cover the apricots. Let sit for 5 minutes.
3. Spread the apricots in a single layer on the screens. Air should be able to circulate easily between the pieces of fruit. This link has instructions on oven and air drying.
4. Dry according to directions. My apricots took about 12 hours. You want the finished product to have most of the moisture removed but not crispy.
These were so chewy and sweet. We really enjoyed them and I wished that I had more apricots!