How to Dry Apples

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Dried apples are a healthy snack and can be stored and refreshed for use in pies, applesauce and cakes. Note that 1 c. dried apples yields about 1 1/4 c. cooked apples.

Things You'll Need

  • apples
  • dehydrators
  • kitchen trays
  • Apples
  • Dehydrators
  • Kitchen Trays

Dehydrator or Oven Drying

  • Pick pesticide-free, ripe, firm apples.

  • Wash, core and peel the apples.

  • Cut apples into wedges and slice into 1/4-inch-thick slices, or slice the apples into rings.

  • Dip apple slices in an ascorbic acid mixture (1/4 c. lemon juice to 1 qt. water) - to keep them from turning brown as they dry.

  • Place the slices one layer deep on kitchen trays. Do not overlap the slices.

  • Dry at 115 degrees F for 6 to 8 hours.

  • Turn the slices after 4 hours and rotate the trays if needed.

  • Test for dryness after 6 hours and then every 2 hours until no moisture remains in the center of the slices.

Sun Drying

  • Prepare the apples as described in steps 1 to 3 above.

  • Dip apple slices in an ascorbic acid mixture (1/4 c. lemon juice to 1 qt. water) to keep them from turning brown as they dry.

  • Lay treated slices on trays.

  • Cover with cheesecloth and place in a well-ventilated area in full sunlight.

  • Turn slices every few hours.

  • Take trays inside at night. Drying takes two to three days.

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