Step by step how to dehydrate mango at home so you can make dried mango slices for a sweet tropical fruit snack you can enjoy all year long. Making dehydrated fruit at home is a great way to save money.
Wash the fresh mangoes well under cold running water.
Cut the flesh from the 2 sides of each mango.
Slice each piece into smaller ¼ inch thick slices.
Use a sharp knife to cut the flesh of the mango from the skin.
Arrange the sliced pieces in a single layer on a food dehydrator tray. Repeat filling each dehydrator tray until you run out of mango pieces. Stack the trays on the dehydrator.
Place the lid on top of the dehydrator and set the temperature to 135 F. degrees or the fruit setting if using an Excalibur type dehydrator.
Dehydrate the mango for 8 to 12 hours or until the mango pieces are dry to the touch and pliable.(see notes)
Transfer the dried mango pieces to a paper plate and allow to cool completely before storing in air tight containers.
Store the dried mango in air tight containers in a cool dark cabinet.
Recipe Expert Tips
The fruit: The best dried fruit is made with ripe unblemished fruit. Fully ripened fruit will have the sweetest flavor when dehydrated. The natural sugars will intensify with the drying process.
Firm fruit: You will want to use firm and fully ripe mangos. If the fruit is overripe it will be very difficult to cut into slices. Slightly under ripe or green mango fruit is better for drying than over ripened fruit.
Cutting the mango slices: If the mango is soft it may be difficult to cut it into ¼ thin slices. The thicker slices will take longer to dry.
The dehydrating temperature: Whenever dehydrating fruit you should set the dehydrator temperature to 135 F. degrees. If you are using a dehydrator like the Excalibur use the fruit setting.
If you are using a dehydrator that does not have a temperature setting, no worries. You can still make dried mango but you will need to pay close attention to the fruit slices as they dry. Watch the drying fruit carefully. Check the fruit slices every couple of hours and flip the thicker pieces of mango to help them dry evenly.
How long to dehydrate mango?: Drying times will vary depending on the shape and thickness of the fresh mango slices you have loaded onto the dehydrator tray. It took 12 hours for the sliced mango to dry completely.
How to store?: Dried fruits and other foods should be stored in air tight containers out of direct sunlight. Store in a dark pantry or cabinet. Properly dried and stored fruit will last years. If the fruit is vacuumed sealed it can last 10 or even as much as 20 years.
Chewy dried mango slices: If you like chewy dried mango only dehydrate it until it is pliable and will bend easily. Check the fruit every couple of hours to see how dry it is. Dried mango will be slightly tacky and bend easily. If the fruit pieces feel "wet" it has not dried enough for safe storage.
Conditioning fruit: Condition the dried fruit to prevent mold. Pack the dried mango slices loosely into plastic or glass mason jars. Seal the jars with a lid for 7 to 10 days. Place the jar out of direct light and each day shake the jars. Check the jars each day for any moisture that has formed on the inside of the jars. If you see excess moisture return the fruit to the dehydrator and dry until completely dry.