How To Dehydrate Apple Slices With A Dehydrator
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.
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.
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…
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.
I dehydrated about two dozen apples last year. I used lemon juice instead of ascorbic acid. Problem was once I snacked on them, they were much better than raw apples and I ate them all. When they were all gone, I couldn’t believe I consumed 24 apples in one day. Warning–these are very good dehydrated!
Add some sugar and cinnamon for taste bud nirvana before dehydrating
I have 2 trees and do this each year. I also use lemon juice to soak them in. I have used both cinnamon and brown sugar while drying and done them without it,either way they are great. I snack them from the bag or put them in oatmeal in the morning. You can also use them to make pies by just soaking them in warm water for about 10 minutes
We dehydrate around 2 bushels every year. I’ve never soaked them in anything. They still taste incredible. All the family members expect them every year. I do add cinnamon and sugar on about half of them. One of the best treats you can make with your dehydrator.