Learn how to make fruit into powder. Fruit powder can be used for cooking or for DIY beauty recipes. Making dried fruit powder yourself can save you a lot of money, and it's a great way to get a fresh fruit taste for your recipes.
Dried fruit powder can be used in several different recipes. You can add it to icings, cookies, baked goods, and more. I also use it for DIY beauty recipes, including masks.
Fruit powder is expensive to buy, and you often only need a small amount for a recipe. Making homemade dry fruit powder can save you a lot of money.
You can then store your freeze dried fruit powders for several months if you store it properly. You can also use the same technique to learn how to make vegetable powder.
Dried fruit powder is often used in cooking and baking. It's highly concentrated in flavor and has a long shelf life if stored properly.
Since freeze dried fruit powders don't have water in them, you can use them to dye frosting and other baked goods without introducing water.
For recipes using dried fruit powder, check out my 27 recipes using freeze dried fruit.
I also use my homemade dry fruit powder to make face masks. I especially like to use pineapple powder, strawberry powder, and pumpkin powder for my face because the acids in the fruit naturally exfoliate my skin.
To make a face mask, try this strawberry and clay face mask recipe or a pineapple face mask. You can also use dried fruit powder in cold process soap like this watermelon soap recipe.
Learning how to make fruit powder is incredibly easy. You will need freeze dried fruit and a blender. That's it!
You can make homemade dry fruit powder from freeze dried fruit. You can not dry fruit in the oven or in a dehydrator and make a fruit powder. There is too much water left with these drying methods.
You will need to use freeze dried fruit to make homemade dry fruit powder. I don't recommend using a dehydrator to dry your fruit.
Dehydrating is great for short term storage and to change the texture of your fruit, but it only removes 95 percent of the water.
Freeze drying, on the other hand, removes about 99 percent of the water. When you're dealing with foods that can grow mold and bacteria due to water, that 4 percent is important.
I use a Harvest Right freeze dryer to freeze dry my fruit at home. We've had it for several months now, and I've used it almost constantly.
I used it to freeze dry fruit, vegetables, meals, cheese, and so much more. You can learn more about freeze drying recipes from these posts:
I love my Harvest Right, and I think it's a worthwhile investment for a homesteader. However, it is an investment. Learn more about freeze dried vs dehydrated for the differences between the two methods.
If you can't buy a freeze dryer right now and still want to learn how to make fruit powder and how to make vegetable powder, then you will have to buy freeze dried fruits and vegetables.
You can find freeze dried fruits and vegetables on iHerb (free shipping over $20!), Amazon, and Etsy. Make sure you get freeze dried food and not just dried food.
No, your freeze dried fruit powders will not dissolve in oil. Don't add them to anything oil based or chocolate because they will not mix.
You can, however, add fruit powders to oil and water emulsions. You can use fruit powder in frosting, for example, because it will dissolve in the water from the milk.
Yes, this dry fruit powder recipe will dissolve in water. You can use plain water to reconstitute it or add it to foods with water in it.
You can also use one of the following to blend your dried fruit powder:
Homemade dry fruit powder has a fairly short shelf life compared to other dried foods. This is because it will absorb moisture in the air and reconstitute.
When this happens, it can grow mold and bacteria. No one wants that!
In a sealed container, dried fruit powder should last for up to a year. However, if you notice that it smells off or starts to clump, you should toss it because that means moisture got in it.
I recommend making 1 to 2 months worth of freeze dried fruit powder at a time. The whole fruit stores longer, but you can always make another batch of fruit powder quickly from that.
You can also add a food safe desiccant pack to your mason jar to absorb excess moisture.
For best results, store dried fruit powder at room temperature or in a cool location out of direct sunlight. Do not store it in the fridge or freezer because it will attract moisture from the air.
I store my dry fruit powder recipe in mason jars and vacuum seal the lids. This keeps out moisture. I don't recommend using vacuum sealed bags because they can let in moisture.
If you are making it and using it within a few days for a recipe, then you can store it in an airtight container.
To make freeze dried fruit powders, you will need:
Place freeze dried fruit in a high powered blender or bullet style blender and blend until smooth. If there are any small clumps, blend again or discard them.
Scoop out the powder and store in an airtight container. For longer storage, store in a mason jar and vacuum seal the lid.
Before I got my freeze dryer, I bought a 1.2 ounce bag of freeze dried strawberries and got just under half of a cup of freeze dried fruit powders to give you an idea of how much it reduces.
Now you know how to make fruit powder at home. Enjoy!
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