Dried apple rings are a perfect natural snack. They are sweet and chewy and full of all-around goodness. Dried apples are a delicious and healthy snack that is easy to grab on-the-go, tuck into lunchboxes or nibble on by themselves.
My apple tree went crazy this year. We had so many apples! It is a Gravenstein tree so the apples ripen early, in the late summer. We have been enjoying apple pie, crisp, pancakes, apple butter and slicing and freezing them for later. Everything that you can think of with apples.
All hands on deck
I enlisted help from the kids and got them to help core and slice apples. It was a fast a furious operation but now we have the fridge packed with bags of dried apples and the freezer is loaded with peeled sliced apples. They were not thrilled with the extra chore but they do like eating goodies with apples, so all is fair.
I love having these perfect dried apples on hand to cut them up to add into muffins or other baked goods. Chop your apple rings into a rough chunks and add to a quick homemade trail mix. And of course, they are great just as they are.
Healthy and Delicious
As a healthy, natural snack apples are high in fiber, vitamin c and potassium. Apples are good for your heart, your digestive system was well as your bones. As with many fruits and veggies, apples may help protect against cancer, diabetes as well as cognitive health. They were not kidding when they said an apple a day keeps the doctor away.
Perfect Dried Apples
To make these great dried apples start by washing your apples and then remove the core. 8 to 10 apples will probably fill up a four rack dehydrator, although if your apples are small you may need a few more.
Slice into ⅛ inch slices.
Add the lemon juice to water. Drop your apple slices into the lemon water and let them soak for about a minute. This will help keep them from turning brown.
Remove the apple slices and shake to remove the excess water. Place them on your food dehydrator trays. Adjust temperature to the highest setting. Allow the apples to dry for 4 to 5 hours.
Allow to cool then place in an air tight container. You can also store these in the freezer or refrigerator to help them last even longer.
No Dehydrator, No Problem
If you don’t have a dehydrator you can use your oven. Reduce the amount of apples here, you will probably only need 6-8 apples, depending on the size. Place your apple slices on 2 sheet pans. Heat oven to 180° and place sheet pans on the racks.
Allow your apples to dry for about 4 to 5 hours, flipping the apple slices over half way through the drying time. In addition, move the sheet pan from the top rack to the middle position and move the one on the middle to the top rack. Do this half way through drying to ensure that they dry evenly.
Perfect Dried Apples
- 8-10 Apples
- 1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
- 2 Cups Water
- Wash apples and then remove the core.
- Slice into ⅛ inch slices.
- Add the lemon juice to water. Drop the apple slices into the lemon water and let them soak for about a minute. This will help keep them from turning brown.
- Remove the apple slices and shake to remove the excess water. Place them on food dehydrator trays. Adjust temperature to the highest setting. Allow the apples to dry for 4 to 5 hours.
- Allow to cool then place in an air tight container. You can also store these in the freezer or refrigerator to help them last even longer.
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