How To Dry Apples (Chips)

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It’s easy to make your own dried apple chips and pieces, they can be added to cereals, homemade granola, baked goods (such as muffins and cakes), yogurt or they’re tasty as a treat all by themselves.

RingsI’ve laid out the steps to oven drying the slices but you could use a dehydrator too–just use the instructions that come with your dehydrator.

Here’s how to do it…

  • Preheat oven to 250°F.
  • Wash firm, ripe apples and core them (you can keep the peels on). If they have bruises or soft spots, remove them.
  • Slice into very thin rings (about 1/16″ thick).
  • Dip both sides of each piece in lemon juice and arrange them in a single layer on a baking rack placed on top of a cookie sheet.
  • Place the sheet in the oven and bake for approximately 1 hour (or until fairly dry and lightly browned).
  • Remove the cookie sheet from the oven and lift each piece up off the rack to prevent them from sticking as they cool.
  • Once they are cooled, they should be crunchy.

After cooling completely, store them in an airtight container and keep in a cool place.


  • Once dried they can be frozen
  • You can cut into thicker rings, adjust the heating time.
  • For an extra treat, lightly sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar before putting them in the oven.
  • If you’d like to rehydrate them before using, pour boiling water over top and let them soak for about 5 minutes or so.

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8 Comments to “How To Dry Apples (Chips)”
  1. Anne KD says:

    I just realized that the oven temp for drying apples is the same as for my granola recipe. I can do granola on one rack and the apples on another, yay! I like cooking with a full oven so more stuff gets cooked at the same time. Thanks for posting this tip, it’s close to that time of year when I start making lots of granola.

  2. Lenetta @ Nettacow says:

    I love that this doesn’t require a dehydrator – perfect for when it cools off a bit more. Can’t wait to give it a try . . . I plan to sprinkle some cinnamon on mine for a delicious taste and smell. I linked to this on my weekly roundup – post link is under my name. Thanks!

  3. melissa says:

    what kind of rack r u talking about? i always end up with apples that dont get eaten and this would be a perfect solution! thanks so much for the tips! melissa

  4. Sally says:

    We live in western AZ where the air is usually very dry. When I saw apple slices hanging outside at a friend’s house, I had to try it myself. It was soooo easy! I just sliced them in the food processor, then strung the slices on a ribbon. I kept both the slices and the already-strung slices in a bowl of water to prevent browning. The kids helped me take the whole thing outside and hang them up, then we separated all the apple slices. In just a few hours they were dry, and delicious! Now if I could just find a way to dry mangoes outside… :o)

  5. dordes says:

    Thanks for the banana chips recipe.

  6. Uprivernona says:

    Last fall I put up a bunch of pickled beets and had extra pickling liquid left over. I soaked apple slices in it over night, dried them on towels and then dried them.SOOOOOO good! My granddaughter loves them!

  7. Gacmodheere says:

    Is there any chemicals which can be used to dry the apples before drying or preheating in order my dried apples to have long lasting.

  8. Sarah says:

    Why in the world would you freeze them? The whole point of drying fruit is to PRESERVE it – no additional steps required.

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