There is something about Mango. These juicy golden football-shaped fruits are one of my favourites 💛
I hate that their season is so short though, I am just getting into them and they seem to finish. My daughter (and the rest of us) love dried mango. She sucks on it til they are nothing but a gooey mess. They are a great when she is teething and cranky.
The problem with dried fruit however is they are preserved with Sulfur Dioxide which if you are slightly allergic to sulfur can be a huge problem, if you struggle with asthma you may also react to the Sulfur PLUS dried mango seems to be made of gold as it is really expensive.
When mangoes are in season I make tons of dried mango for the family. Here is how you can make dried mango at home. (With and without a food dehydrator)
- Peel and slice your mango into pieces (I use a serrated peeler which works wonders on soft fruit)
- Mix 2 cups of water and 1 tablespoon of Citric Acid (this is the secret ingredient! It is a little magician at keeping the colour of your mango and will prevent it going brown – you can find Citric Acid in the baking aisle of most grocery stores)
- Place the mango in the citric acid bath for a minute or so.
- Remove the mango from the bath and dry it well! Like really well. I use a tea towel or two to make sure they are as dry as possible.
- Lay your mango pieces on a clean cooling racks (if the drying racks are a little rusted this will colour your mango so try to make sure your racks are super clean)
- Now to dry them… there are 3 options for drying the mango.
- Place the racks of mango in a food dehydrator and let it work its magic – (Advantage: Simple and easy Disadvantage: It uses a lot of electricity)
- Place them in a really cool oven on cooling racks (maximum 50 Degrees) and leave the door slightly ajar (I use my oven gloves wedged into the door to keep it ajar) and leave them in there overnight.
- My personal favourite (this may sound ridiculous) but I place my racks of mango on the hood of my car. (Hahahahaha yes you read right!) we have an exposed driveway that bakes in the sun on a hot day and is quite protected from the wind. When there is a hot day I hussle with my mangoes. In my opinion, the sun heat is the best option , natural and no wastage of electricity – the metal of the car heats up and reflects heat from the bottom thus the mango is being dried from the top and the bottom ( I have elevated drying racks that I bought on Yuppie Chef so they do not touch the car!). Put it out and forget about it. This, in my opinion, is the quickest way to dry mango! (If they are not 100% dry you can finish them in the oven as mentioned above or put them out again the next day!)
I then freeze my dried mango in airtight containers and pull out a few when I need them.