Dried Apples (apple chips)
- Granny smith apples (or whatever you like). A bunch.
- Big bowl of ice water
- Lemon juice (2-3 Tbsp) or Fruit Fresh
- 1/2 - 1 cup sugar
- 1/2 - 1 cup brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ground cloves
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp allspice
Note: it is really helpful to have a dehydrator. I use granny smith (green) apples because of their tartness. If you use a sweet variety, you will have very sweet chips. Try experimenting with different ones to get what you like.
I don't peel my apples but you can if you like. Add 2-3 Tbsp lemon juice or 2 Tbsp Fruit Fresh to the ice water and mix well. Core the apples and slice into thin slices (usually with the core hole in the middle). The thinner the slice, the shorter the drying time. As you slice the apples, put the slices in the ice water. This keeps them from turning brown (oxidizing).
|Apples soaking in the acidic ice water|
When done, drain the apple slices. Mix together sugars and spices. Toss the slices in a bowl with the sugar mixture to coat the slices well. Spread on dehydrator trays or baking sheets. Don't overlap.
|Apples being put into the dehydrator trays. Really the best way to do dry foods, as you can just leave it to do its thing.|
For dehydrator, set at about 135-145 degrees F until dry (1-3 days depending on thickness of apples).
For oven: set at 150 degrees F or as low as the oven will go and bake for 10-20 hours.
Slices should be dry and crisp. If they are still moist (bending), you can either dry them longer or just put them in a freezer bag and freeze them. Dried apples never last long enough in our house to worry about storage - they're a favorite treat!