How to Dry Apples. 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
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.
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.