How To Dehydrate Apple Slices With A Dehydrator

December 24, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin

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Not too long ago I made a batch of dehydrated apple slices. If you happen to have a food dehydrator, you might consider treating yourself to this surprisingly delicious treat…


 
First, buy yourself some of your favorite apples. If you have an apple tree – all the better – now you can preserve lots of that bounty…

 
Next, use an apple peeler / corer / slicer to quickly core and peel the outer skin while at the same time cutting the apple into a thin spiral length – perfect width to break into pieces for the dehydrator.

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Next, soak the apple slices for about 10 minutes in a mixture of water and ascorbic acid powder (pure Vitamin C) to help minimize browning discoloration. I use about 2 teaspoons per cup of water which seems to work. There are other methods for this – so use whatever you’re comfortable with.

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Then lay the slices out on your dehydrator trays. Set the temperature to 135 degrees-F (the typical temperature for dehydrating fruits). Dehydrate until done – which is the point between leathery and crispy. You’re probably looking at 10 hours in the dehydrator – but this depends on the moisture content of your apples. Just check them now and again…

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When they’re done, you might store them in glass wide-mouth mason jars. I also pull a vacuum on the jars by using the jar sealer lid attachment for my FoodSaver vacuum sealer.

 
Now for the best part. Go ahead and eat one. The nutrient-packed dehydrated apple slice is a nice concentrate of natural sweetness.