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If you don't use a sulfuring treatment, many fruits, especially apples, pears, and peaches, will gradually darken during drying and storage. Fruits may be dried without sulfuring, but this sulfuring decreases the loss of vitamins A and C and preserves color and flavor. Sulfuring also deters bugs and souring. Is sulfuring safe? Yes, it's been around for generations, and while a very small number of people are allergic to it (remember the salad bars?) someone is allergic to almost everything on the planet... Sulfite dips are as effective as smoke sulfuring but are much easier and faster, and don't require you to make trays or boxes. .
You will need
Sulfur only the amount of fruit you can dry at one time. Basically, you will create tarys with wood slats or cheesecloth over wood slats and stack them, The burning sulfur will rise through the trays, treating the dried fruit.
Prepare your solution as follows, depending upon the type of sulfur you have:
Place the prepared fruit in the mixture and soak five minutes for slices, fifteen minutes for halves.
Remove fruit, rinse lightly under cold water and place on drying trays.
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