How to Dry Apples

How to Dry Apples

Each fall I love to buy at least one box of apples. Two years ago I bottled the apples in syrup and last year I made apple sauce. So, looking for another apple option I pulled out the dehydrator.
 
Drying apples is so easy (so easy, my 3 year old did a MAJOR portion of the work!) and they are a great ‘snack’ food to add to the pantry.
 
Here are some simple instructions for how to dry apples.
1- Wash the apples in cold water.
2- Prepare an ice water bath with lemon juice (or citric acid). The ratio isn’t that important, I just poured about 1 cup of lemon juice in about 2 or 3 quarts of water.
 
3- Using an apple slicer/corer Victorio VKP1010 Apple and Potato Peeler, Suction Base with the peeling blade disengaged (you WANT THE PEELING ON; no sense in cutting off the nutritious part) slice and core the apples.  
 
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.
8- Remove dried apples from trays and store. I stored some of my apples in food saver bags and some in quart jars using the Jar sealer attachment.FoodSaver T03-0006-02P Regular-Mouth Jar Sealer
FoodSaver T03-0023-01 Wide-Mouth Jar Sealer
 Apples will last a long time (2 years or more) if they are properly stored in a vacuum sealed environment but if you want them to last even longer place them in the freezer.
 
* 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.
 
Colored Apples in the OVEN (ourbestbites.com)
 


Really the options for drying fruit are endless, you will never regret the effort!

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Excalibur 3926TB Food Dehydrator Really good. I high recommend people buy it.

Apple is my favorite fruit. Make i dry so that I can store it longer. Thank you

Excalibur 3926TW Food Dehydrator is the best. more beautiful than TB

I have been using my Excalibur dehydrator for some time now, I puchased a "blemished model" . It works perfect, I got the timer online. I LOVE LOVE it. I got the 4 tray and wish now that I had gotten a bigger one but that is ok. It is only me. I have made bread and crackers and cookies, so I am loving it. I definetely recommend getting the teflex sheets. With my order I bought 4 of them (it saved on shipping) and there have been times that I have used all four of them at once. I love being able to look through recipes and not have to be limited to not making it because it is dehydrated. Plus with the timer I can just let it go all day and know it will shut off when it is supposed to:-) I highly highly recommend it!!!!!

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