4- Place apple slices in lemon water immediately to prevent browning.
5- Position apple slices on drying trays (I cut my apple circles in half so they would fit on the trays a bit better but they look great as complete circles too!).
6- Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar. You can use as much cinnamon and sugar as you would like but I have found that the perfect cinnamon/sugar ratio is about ¼ Cup Sugar to 1 TBSP cinnamon.
7- Place trays in food dehydrator for 12 – 24 hours. Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator, Black
Drying times will vary depending on your dryer. The instructions that came with my dehydrator said to dry apples for 11 hours but they weren’t even CLOSE to being done. I made 5 batches this year and dried them all for a complete 24 hours. Of course it is important to check the apples every few hours (at least past the 12 hour mark) to be sure they are not over drying.
* The biggest question to ask when drying apples is ‘how do I know when they are done?’ You want the finished product to be flexible but not too moist. There is nothing wrong with crispy apples if that is how you like them but the mistake made more often is not drying the apples long enough. Sometimes I suffer from apple testing overload and I have a hard time knowing if they are done. When this happens I will take 2 or 3 slices from the dehydrator and let them sit for 15 minutes. They seem to be easier to test when they are cool.
*Don't have a dehydrator? Look at these other great options for drying apples.