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How To Dry Apples (Chips)

Posted By Tipnut On August 27, 2009 @ 6:14 am In Food Tips,zDrying Food Tips | 8 Comments

It’s easy to make your own dried apple chips and pieces, they can be added to cereals, homemade granola [1], 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.

Tips

  • 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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