Why do you need to process food?
Because Thailand is considered a country that is rich in food. especially fruit We have fruits that are available throughout the season. and seasonal fruit causing a lot of fruit left over Bringing fruit to processing by making dried fruit is an option that will allow us to keep the fruit for a longer time. Dried fruit is a method of processing fruit so that the fruit does not spoil. The fruit may be pickled or preserved, after which it is subjected to dehumidification or drying processes, after which it may be flavored further. and packed into containers that are free from moisture and oxygen
Thai fruits can be divided into two types, which are seasonal fruits such as rambutan, mango, durian, longan, custard, mangosteen, lychee, and fruit that bear fruit throughout the year, such as pineapple, banana, papaya and jackfruit, which can be processed immediately. Some species can be processed entirely. Some species have to be peeled. Remove the seeds first.
How to make dried fruit 1. Choose the fruit to make. It should be ripe fruit only, it can be undercooked or very ripe. Be careful not to bruise the fruit. 2. Wash the fruit thoroughly with water. (Should use cold water to wash) mixed with baking soda. to flush out the toxic residues 3. Peel the fruit. and remove the seeds, such as peaches, apples, or any fruit that needs to be peeled. The peeling method must be peeled with care not to bruise the fruit. 4. Some fruits that need to be peeled and removed when eating, such as apples, mangoes, peaches, etc. If you want to be dried, you should use a chevron knife and make a cross on the top and remove the granules with a knife. Bring to a boil in boiling water. It takes about 30 seconds to boil. 5. Soak the fruit in an ice bath to help the fruit's skin slip off easily without using a paring knife. 6. Then set the oven temperature to about 130-160 degrees Fahrenheit. and use low temperatures for sliced fruits such as mangos, apples, peaches, and strawberries. Berries can be used at high temperatures. Once done, spread it out on a silicone tray or heat-resistant container lined with baking paper. Place the fruit in the oven and turn it over every 2 hours (if the fruit has thinner pieces Handle and look soft and flexible, considered usable).
Technique ! If we want fresh fruit that is peeled There are colors that come out and still look beautiful. The color hasn't changed much from the original. Should be soaked in water mixed with lemon juice for about 10 minutes, then brought up to drain and dry. Then take a tissue paper to absorb the water to dry again. An example of how to make dried fruit
1. Scrambled fruit (Berry)
2 cups chopped of 2 kinds of fruit
1 cup berries
1 cup water
1 tablespoon honey
1 teaspoon lemon juice
How to : 1. Put water, followed by 2 types of fruits and berries into the pan, simmer over medium heat until the mixture is smooth and fine. 2. Remove from the oven, pour into the prepared container tray (let it cool to room temperature). 3. Add honey and lemon juice, stir to combine. 4. Pour the mixture onto a tray lined with baking paper. Bake in the preheated oven at 140 degrees Fahrenheit for 5-6 hours. If the mixture is still sticky, let it sit at room temperature for another hour, then use scissors to cut it into the desired shape.
Characteristics of good dried fruit should have the following – Fruits should be naturally good and fleshy. By the nature of the meat must not be hard. or stick together – The fruit must have the natural color of the fruit. such as red strawberries Once dried, it must still be red in color. – The smell and taste must be original naturally. No other unpleasant odors – There must be no foreign matter in the product such as soil, hair, sand, gravel, parts or animal waste such as rodents and insects.