How To Dehydrate Apricots in a Dehydrator

Making dehydrated apricots is so easy when you use a dehydrator. Plus, you get a delicious snack full of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. At the same time, it does take quite of bit of time to make this healthy snack however the dehydrator does most of the work so you can enjoy more time with your family. 

If you don’t have a dehydrator check the recipe card on how to dry apricots in the oven.

Dried apricots in a clear tall mason jar with fresh apricots in a bowl on the side.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • It’s easy to make.  Dehydrators require minimal effort and knowledge to use, so even a beginner can learn how to create delicious snacks. 
  • It’s healthy. Dehydrated apricots are nutritious, and full of fiber and antioxidants that are good for your body. 
  • And, dehydrated fruit is delicious. When you bite into a freshly-made dehydrated apricot, you’ll be delighted with the sweet and tangy flavor that will tantalize your taste buds. 
  • It’s cost-effective. Buying dried apricots can be expensive depending on where you live, but buying fresh apricots isn’t when they are in season. 
  • Plus, it’s great for storage. The dry process is a great way to preserve fresh fruit for long-term storage. 
Ingredients for dehydrated apricots.


You only need a few simple ingredients to help you make this tasty snack recipe. Gather these ingredients and get ready to make your own delicious dehydrated apricots.

  • fresh ripe apricots – I like organic apricots. Before drying I taste the apricots to ensure they are sweet to your liking.
  • lemon juice – I use fresh lemons, but you can also use lemon juice concentrate.
  • water
Tope view of dried apricots in a clear jar.

How to Make Dehydrated Apricots in the Dehydrator 

Making these dried apricots only take a few minutes of prep time which means that you don’t have to spend all day in the kitchen. You can get the dehydrator to do the work and then go about it your day. This means this recipe is great for beginners. 

​Step 1: Wash apricots in a bowl of water

Place apricots in a large bowl of water to loosen any dirt, then place in a colander and rinse with cold water. Remove any badly damaged areas on the apricots with a sharp knife.

Step 2: Halve apricots      

Cut each apricot in half and remove the pit. Place halves in a large bowl with the water and lemon juice. 

Apricots on a cutting board sliced in half with the pits removed.

Step 3: Soak apricots in the water solution

Let them soak for 10 minutes.  Drain and lay flat on a baking sheet to pat dry with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.    

Step 4: Flatten apricot halves

Press down the halves until they are flat. 

Step 5: Dehydrate   

Arrange in dehydrator trays skin side down.  And then, dehydrate at 135°F for 12-24 hours. The time will vary based on the size of the apricot and the dehydrator.     

Ways to Use Dehydrated Apricots 

  • They are a great addition to your morning oatmeal or even added to homemade granola bars. 
  • You can enjoy them as is for a great snack. 
  • They had flavor to Indian dishes when you want to add something tangy and sweet. 
  • They also make a great addition to trail mix for a healthy snack when you are on the go. 

How To Store

Store dried apricots in an airtight jar or container for up to 6 months. It’s best to keep them in a dark place so that they maintain their maximum freshness. I prefer to store mine in glass containers instead of plastic bags. 

A handful of apricots in a palm of a hand.

Sandra’s Pro Tips

Here are a few tips that you can use to ensure that you get the best results from your dehydrator. 

  • Lay the apricots in a single layer in the trays. This allows them to dry more evenly and prevents the formation of clumps. 
  • Check on them frequently as they dehydrate. The time it takes for them to dry will vary depending on how large or small they were. 
  • For optimal flavor, try not to over-dry them. When done correctly, apricots should still be soft but with no moisture left in the center.
  • The apricots can be stored in an airtight container for up to a year, but it’s best to consume them within 6 months for optimal flavor and texture. 
  • Try to use like-sized apricots so that they all dehydrate at the same rate. 
Dehydrated apricots in a Mason jar ready to eat.


Do you have questions about dehydrated apricots? Here are the answers to the most commonly asked questions for this recipe. 

Can I freeze-dried apricots? 

Yes, you can freeze dehydrated apricots for up to a year. Make sure that the container is airtight and place it in the freezer until ready to use. When ready, thaw at room temperature before consuming. 

Can I dry apricot slices instead? 

Yes, you can also choose to slice the apricots before drying. This will make them much easier to rehydrate when ready to use. Make sure that the slices are even and thin for best results. 

How do I rehydrate dried apricots? 

You can easily rehydrate dried apricots by soaking them in water for about 30 minutes. This will soften the fruit and make it more pliable. Once rehydrated, you can use the apricots as desired. 

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Dehydrated apricots in a jar ready to eat.

How To Dehydrate Apricots in a Dehydrator

Fresh and nutritious dehydrated apricots made in a dehydrator without sulfate dioxide solution. This all-natural fruit makes a great snack for any time of day.
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Course: Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Dehydrated apricots, dried aprictos
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 22 hours
Calories: 63kcal


  • Large bowl
  • colander
  • Sharp knife
  • baking sheet
  • dehydrator I have a COSORI brand food dehydrator.


  • 2 pounds apricots fresh about 20 apricots
  • 1 cup lemon juice
  • 4 cups of water


  • Place apricots in a large bowl of water to loosen any dirt, then place in a colander and rinse with cold water.
  • Cut each apricot in half and remove the pit. Place halves in a large bowl with the water and lemon juice.
  • Let them soak for 10 minutes.
  • Drain and lay flat on a baking sheet lined with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel and pat dry.
  • Press down the halves until they are flat.
  • Arrange in dehydrator trays skin side down.
  • Dehydrate at 135°F for 12-24 hours. The time will vary based on the size of the apricot and the dehydrator.

To Dry Apricots in the Oven

  • After Step 4 above, place apricots on baking sheets or jelly roll pans, and put them in the oven at 175°F for 10-12 hours. Rotate pans and flip the apricots over at the halfway point of the drying time.


  • These apricots are not treated with sulphur dioxide, which is a preservative that will keep the apricots their orange/yellow color.
  • Apricots in the lemon solution will dry to a rusty brown/orange color.


Serving: 1apricot | Calories: 63kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.04g | Sodium: 50mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 400IU | Vitamin C: 96mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 0.3mg


Please note that the nutritional information provided are guidelines and may vary based on the brand of products used. For your specific nutritional goals use My Fitness Pal or Verywell Fit recipe calculators. All content within this site is not intended as medical diagnosis or treatment and should not be considered a substitute for professional medical expertise.

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