How to Rehydrate a Dried Apple

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Dehydrating apples is the process of removing most of the moisture from the fruit, which allows you to store the apple for a longer period of time. Although dried apples can be eaten, you can also add moisture back into them by re-hydrating them. Re-hydrating dried apples is appropriate when you want to add them to cakes, cookies, pies or other foods that require a softer consistency. You can use more than one method to re-hydrate dried apples.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • Stove
  • Saucepan
  • Fork
  • Tongs
  • Alcohol (optional)
  • Fruit juice (optional)

Soaking in Water

  • Locate a bowl that is large enough to hold the dried apple; fill it with 1 1/2 cups of lukewarm water from a faucet. Set the bowl aside for 30 minutes to allow it to reach room temperature.

  • Place the dried apple inside the bowl and move it around so that the entire outer surface of the apple is wet.

  • Set the bowl aside and allow the dried apple to soak for 30 minutes.

Boiling in Water

  • Place a small saucepan on a stove burner and turn the burner to medium-high heat.

  • Fill the saucepan with 1 cup of water for each cup of dried apple that you are re-hydrating. If you are re-hydrating more than this amount, use 1 1/2 cups of liquid for each cup of dried apple

  • Wait until the water boils, and place the dried apple into the water.

  • Allow the apple to boil for approximately five minutes and check the consistency by sticking a fork into it. If needed, allow the apple to boil for another two to three minutes, until the fork slides easily into and out of the apple.

  • Turn off the stove and remove the apple from the pan using a pair of tongs. Allow the apple to come to room temperature before using, or if adding to already hot ingredients, proceed with cooking.

Tips & Warnings

  • Instead of water, you can soak the apple in fruit juice or various alcohols for additional flavor.
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