Getting Fruity in Autumn

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The addition of dehydrated fruit to cocktails is all the hipster-rage this season, and the great news it that orange slices are super easy to dry out for your Quick Gin cocktails! Check out the below instructions for dehydrating fruit!

If you’re experimenting with dehydrated fruit with your Quick Gin cocktails, let us know via social media. We would love to hear from you!

 

Prep your fruit

Choose ripe or just overly ripe oranges
Wash in cold water
Remove any blemishes
Cut and slice fruits evenly so that they will dry within the same time frame
 

Soak it

To keep fruit looking pretty and minimise discoloration, soak it in lemon juice and water.
Soak fruit for 10 minutes, drain and blot dry with a paper towel.
 

To the Oven

Preheat the oven to 50 - 70 degrees Celsius.  
Place parchment paper onto sheet pans.  Arrange fruit in a single layer, and do not allow pieces to touch. Top fruit with a pizza screen or silicone pan liner to keep them from curling up as they dry.

Place fruit into the oven for 8-10 hours.

How do you know if it's ready? Dried fruit should feel like leather but still be pliable.
 

Cure it!

When the fruit is ready, remove it from the oven and place in glass or plastic containers to "cure."  Leave the container open for 4-5 days so that any moisture left from the drying process can evaporate.  Shake the container every day or so to move the fruit around.

Seal the containers after 5 days and enjoy your dried oranges with Quick Gin!

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George Nightingale