Sorry for the couple month post delay but working crazy hours at a local fall apple orchard (www.schwalliers.com) kept me on my toes… now it is time for some apple posts. Fall – the time of year for apples in Michigan, yum! For this post we are going to be dehydrating apples, the one key tool you need is a dehydrator. You can use your oven, which I have never done, here is a link for that method. Dehydrated apples are great for snacks, are awesome in trail mix, or even mega-bars! They are so versatile, and well worth the time (as all good food is)! Lets get to it…
- A dehydrator – we have a Vegikiln. We love it, we picked this out not too long after we were married and it has been well used. We picked this model because it had a nice temperature range. The range allowed us to dehydrate from 95 degrees – 155 degrees, allowing us to dehydrate fruits, herbs, veggies, meats, etc.
- Apples – washed
- Lemon Juice – the from concentrate stuff you can get in large containers at the store
- Scrap bucket
I set up the scrap bucket, washed apples, lemon juice, and dehydrator in kind of an assembly line fashion to be as efficient as possible, see the set up below.
Next I half a bunch of apples, core them, cut out bad spots, and slice them. You can do one apple a time but I think to chunk out each stage makes it go a bit quicker. Note when you slice the apples you want them about 1/8 inch think, not super thin or thick. – See below.
Once you have a bunch sliced into the lemon juice they go for a quick dip, this helps to prevent browning while drying. Then lay them out on your dehydrator rack in a single layer.
Repeat this process until the dehydrator is full or you run out of apples.
Turn on your dehydrator. The temperature range for fruit on ours is 135-145. At this range, the apples take about 14-20 hours to dry depending the thickness cut, usually after about half a day I check them and try one to see if it is done. When done to my liking I turn off the dehydrator and let them cool for a while then bag and store in an air tight container. They will keep for a 3-6 months this way. Again this is a great healthy snack and so versatile to use. See finished product below!
Please let me know if you have any comments or questions! Enjoy ~ Megan