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.
I’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.