Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dehydrating Apples (Apple Chips)

I have been having some fun trying out my new dehydrator and wanted to share some of it with you. i got my hands on some bulk apples this week and decided to make some apple chips.

I did some experimenting with the thickness and came up with two that I like. For crunchy ones I cut them an 1/8 inch thick and for chewy ones 1/4 inch thick. they will not be as chewy as store bought one because the store bought ones have preservatives that keep them chewy but they are still very yummy.
Apples do not need any sweetener because the natural sweetener in them will intensify during drying. I do like to soak them in a bowl of lemon water to prevent browning, this is a step you can skip if you like, it is not necessary for preservation. 
Ok here is what you do.

Wash and core apples
Slice apples thinly and evenly (1/8 inch or 1/4 inch)
Soak in lemon water

Lightly dust with cinnamon or leave plain.
Arrange apple slices on dehydrator sheets.
Dehydrate at 135°F (57°C) for 6 to 8 hours.

Check apples for any moisture on outside and inside. 
The slices should feel dry and leathery without any tackiness. tear slice in half to see if there is any moisture on the inside.
Allow to cool several hours before storing in an airtight bag or container.
Store in a dry, cool, dark place for several months

Thats all you have to do!

They are so much better than the ones you buy in the store!



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