We can hardly find the apple in the summer, we live in the winter with the longing of tomatoes, plums and apricots. Vegetables and fruits, which are the guests of our tables with all their flavors and healing in the season, are sought after when not in the season. The most practical and delicious method of spreading this pleasure to all months is to dry them. Sun is an indispensable method of drying, which is a very old tradition. For this reason, it started to prepare the dryings during his full season, and spread large white covers on the terraces of the houses. In this way, the method of drying spread from generation to generation.
However, today, unfortunately, we cannot talk much about this situation. It is considered to have forgotten this method a little when it is easier to reach packaged foods and dried foods. All this aside, in order to benefit from their taste, a few practical methods are needed to prepare them without additives. Roll up the sleeves. Let’s start drying fruits and vegetables, each of which will be as useful and tasty as fresh. Let’s continue to enjoy with pleasure.
It is possible to dry the grapes that add flavor to desserts or consume them for the purpose of healing anemia. For those who want to stay away from packaged products, it is the healthiest to consume dried grapes with natural methods, especially at home. It is possible to grape grapes especially in old periods and consume them all year round with different methods. There are also ways for those who live in the big city and those who do not have a drying area such as balconies and terraces.
The first method comes for those of you who have a very sunny house. If your house is one of the lucky people who get a lot of sun, wash your grapes by taking care not to break it. After draining the excess water, hang it with a strong rope from the stems, in a place that sees the sun and be sure to put a paper, newspaper or tarp under them. There will be falling parts. In the most practical and natural way, you can dry this way in about a week. Change its direction at regular intervals and let it dry evenly everywhere. After arriving at the desired dryness, you can separate it from the stems and store it in glass jars or tightly closed locked bags.
Let’s come to our proposal for those whose house is not so sunny. Wash your grapes by separating them from their stems and garbage and drain their excess water. Extract the beans, if any, with the help of a small knife and spread them over the baking tray with cloth. Cover them with a very thin cheesecloth and place them in the warmest spot of the house, which receives the most sun. Let them sunbathe at whatever point of the house is constantly receiving sun for about 3-4 days. Turn it on every few days and mix it carefully. At the end of this process, depending on how much sunlight the grapes get, your grapes will be ready after 3 to 10 days. When it reaches the dryness you want, you can rest it in a shade in the house for 1 day, pack it and consume it as you wish.
Many methods use dipping solution. The main reason for this method is to make its color brighter and easier to dry. If you wish, you can add some olive oil into and dip your grapes into it, then dry it under the sun. It is also possible to dry your grapes in the oven or, if available, by dehydrating them.
It’s time to dry the tomatoes, which we miss to consume in winter. Drying tomatoes in a sunny place and drying them in the oven are the two best known methods. Prepare your tomatoes, which are collected in the season, the stems are removed and washed. These tomatoes can be cherry tomatoes or tomatoes of normal size. We recommend you to choose cherry tomatoes as they are easier to dry than others. Let’s start by describing the method of drying the tomatoes, which are purified from excess water, in the oven.
If your tomatoes are cherry tomatoes, cut them in half, and the edible tomatoes into slices and transfer them to the baking tray covered with non-flammable baking paper. Bake in an oven preheated at 60 degrees in the period that will vary according to the performance of your oven (about 8-12 hours) and let them dry. Be sure to mix it carefully during the process.
Another method is sun drying. Transfer the tomatoes, which have been collected and cleaned during the season and are free from excess water, on the baking tray or wire rack. Sprinkle with rock salt. Place the house in the most sun spot. Change the position of tomatoes periodically according to the angle of arrival of the sun. The waters will flow down for a few days. Make sure to drain these waters. Then, at the end of a 10-day period, store your dried tomatoes in a lock bag or a container full of zeaster.
Another fruit that makes us happy as the quince is apple when the autumn months come. Unfortunately, it is hard to find juicy, fresh ones of various kinds of apples in other seasons. After the season, we find it hard, less juicy and less sweet in the markets. If you are one of those who are careful to consume it on time, let us tell you immediately what you will do to consume the apple for a long time. Try drying it in the oven. Moreover, it is in your hands to turn it into a delicious snack.
Wash apples well and peel them off. Remove the core cores. Slice the slice thinly or roundly. Then, if you wish, sweeten it with side materials such as honey and cinnamon. In a preheated 100 degree oven, if your slices are thick, dry them in a 120 degree oven for 1-2 hours in a controlled manner. Then remove it and let it cool at room temperature. After cooling, you can place it in the packages and consume it with pleasure.
As many of us know, the colors of the dried apricots are darker. Many of those who stay in yellow colors get that color with the support of sulfur. The most natural one is the ones that are dried at home. For this reason, let’s plaster our arms, let’s prepare our apricots during the season. Wash the apricots well and dry them with a cloth or paper towel. Then cut it in half and remove the seeds.
Spread half an apricot out of the inside or flat on the baking sheet and cover it with a thin cheesecloth. Leave for about 1 week to 10 days in the house where the sun shines most, let them dry.
If your house does not get a lot of sun, cook the apricots that you prepared in this way in a 60 degree oven, stirring them for 12 hours, and let them dry. Then consume it with peace of mind.
When it comes to drying the pepper, where the sun can dry the house in the most comfortable way, and even prepare chili peppers from our delicious spices. Drying pepper is quite practical compared to others. The most traditional and known method is to string it and dry it. Wash and dry stuffed, red, pointed or any type of pepper you wish. Then make holes and string in the middle of the string where the rope will enter.
Hang the rope to the most sunlit place of the house or stretch the rope. In this way, take sun and help it dry. Another method is to lay a cloth on the most sunshine point of the house and arrange peppers to dry them in the sun. Then your peppers are ready to be used to taste the dishes.
Plums, just like apricots, are fruits that can be dried in the oven as well as dried in the oven. However, it is necessary to pay particular attention to a very small trick. Make sure that the plums you will dry are meaty and slightly hard. Otherwise, it may cause you to get the desired results when it dries. In this way, the plum or yellow plums collected just in time, wash and dry them.
Divide it in half and remove the seeds. If you wish, you can dry them by helping them release their water at 70 degrees in the sun or in the oven, as we have described in other fruits. After taking it from the oven, make sure to rest at room temperature one day.
Eggplant and Zucchini
Let us come to two vegetables that are considered as the crown of our kitchens and are consumed with great pleasure. Eggplant is one of the vegetables that are dried too much, especially in the Mediterranean region when summer comes. You can easily dry a vegetable that dries very easily with the burning sun of that region, even in other provinces, even if you have few suns. The same goes for pumpkin.
Start by choosing tiny, dried eggplants. If you prefer Bostan eggplant, we recommend you cut them into cubes and dry them. Then wash and dry these dried eggplants and soak them in hot water. Make sure that this water is not salt water. Soaking in salt water causes them to dry harder. Then, remove the water from it and drain the excess water and place it on the threads or lay it on a cloth. Place it at the most sunshine point of the house and let it dry for 1-2 weeks. The same goes for the pumpkin. After that you will have delicious vegetables.
Peel the peel of the corn, cut the tassels and wash them with cold water. Since the corn is very granular, the drying time is quite long. However, it may take 6 hours in the oven. Take the corn kernels on a towel. Let it dry for about half an hour in the open air.
Spread the corn grains evenly on the baking tray. Drying time is about 6 hours. After removing the tray from the oven, let it dry at room temperature and store it in an air-tight storage container for up to 6 months.
Slice the oranges after washing them. Place the sliced oranges in a row on the baking tray with greaseproof paper. Put the tray in the oven after the stacking is finished. Leave your oranges to dry in a 60-degree oven in a way that they will burn up and down.
Leave the oven door half open with a 45-minute interval so you will let the air out. Oranges will dry between 4 and 6 hours. Orange carries vitamin C enzymes. You can consume it in dry or wet form. Due to the fact that vitamin C destroys bacteria and viruses, the sale of orange is at least as popular as its fruit.