How Long Does It Take to Freeze Dry Fruit?

How Long Does It Take to Freeze Dry Fruit?

As much as we love satisfying our sweet tooth with freeze dried candy, freeze drying isn’t limited to just candy. You can freeze dry veggies, meals, and, of course, fruits.


Freeze drying fruit is an amazing way to preserve your fruits, allowing them to last for years. Plus, freeze drying your fruits gives them a whole new texture and enhances their sweetness – it’s like eating an entirely different snack!


We’ve tried freeze drying many different fruits here at That Sweet Lyfe, and we are obsessed. Remember our post about freeze dried lemons? These lemons became a light, airy, refreshing addition to our water.


If we’ve inspired you to begin your own freeze drying adventure, you have to try freeze dried fruits. They’re both healthy and delicious. 

But you may be wondering, how long does it take to freeze dry fruits? In this blog, we’ll give you all the details so you know exactly what to expect when you pop your fruits in your freeze dryer.


On average, fruit takes between 24 and 36 hours to freeze dry. Like with other foods, the time it takes depends largely on its water content. The higher the water content, the longer it will take to freeze dry. The same goes for the size of the fruit. For example, small fruits like blueberries will take less time, but bananas take longer. Remember to chop up bigger fruits into small pieces to help them freeze dry more quickly.


One thing to keep in mind when freeze drying fruit is to watch the colour of the fruit. Sometimes, some fruits may turn black after thawing. This means that the freeze drying didn’t work.


We always recommend investing in a freeze drying machine like the Harvest Right freeze dryer to help ensure you’re freeze drying properly. These machines automate the freeze drying process, and will alert you when it’s complete – this is helpful for busy, on-the-go people, as you can go about your day while your freeze dryer takes care of everything.


Freeze drying does seem like a long process, but we promise you – it’s worth it. Our snacking game has never been better since we started freeze drying. Our fruits stay fresh, delicious, and nutritious.


Not interested in freeze drying at home? Be sure to check out our product page and order That Sweet Lyfe’s freeze dried products. We’re introducing naturals and B*tch water infusions like freeze dried lemons so you can enjoy the wonderful taste of freeze dried fruits at home.  


We promise you – once you try our delicious freeze dried fruits, you’ll never look back.

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