I love making apple season last longer by making these Dehydrated Apples.
Some people are scared of dehydrating their food. I’ll show you how easy it is with these apples.
First, you want to wash your apples. I washed my sink really well and then I filled it with water and about 1/2 cup of vinegar. This will help clean off some of the chemicals that might be on the apples. I kept them in the water until I was ready to use them and only pulled a few out at a time. I rinsed them before cutting them.
You will want one of these apple peelers for sure. Just stick the apple in the core and start twisting the handle clock-wise. The cool thing about it is that it will peel, core and slice them all at once. It makes it so much easier. It’s a perfect way to get the kids involved. All my kids were fighting for a turn.
The only thing you still have to do is cut them in half after you pull them all because it makes one long twirly apple slice. I love how Jane thought it looked like a beehive.
After I cut the apples in half I stick them in a bowl with some lemon oil or some lemon juice. You could also soak them in some pineapple juice. It just needs something acidic to stop them from oxidation and the apples from turning brown. It doesn’t have to soak for long. You can even just dip them.
Place the apples on the dehydrator trays in a single layer. They will not dry correctly if they are stacked on top of each other. Sprinkle some cinnamon if you want. It is not necessary but I like it with cinnamon.
I use the Excalibur Deluxe Dehydrator and love it. If you are using a different one then it might be different times and different temperatures recommended. Once you have used all your apples or your trays are full you can start the dehydrator. Mine took about 10-12 hours. If you like them crunchy then you can leave them in a little longer. These aren’t super soft but they aren’t crunchy either. My 21 month old babies can still eat them without a problem.
These are healthy and super good. It’s easy to pack them and take them with you anywhere you go. It’s one of those feel good snacks that curbs your appetite and desire for sweets. I put them right in front of the Halloween Candy so when I go to reach for the candy I can see the apples and choose the apples instead. It’s a good thought anyway.
Apples (I prefer a good sour apple like a Granny Smith but any type can work)
Food Dehydrator (We used the Excalibur Deluxe)
Apple peeler corer slicer
Bowl with water and lemon juice or a few drops of lemon oil
1-Wash all your apples. We put them in a clean sink with water and vinegar. You can also just scrub them well if you are worried about chemicals or dirt.
2-With your Apple Peeler Corer Slicer thing stick your apples through the core. Twist clockwise until your apple has gone all the way through. It will peel, slice, and core them all at once.
3-Pull the apple off and cut it in half.
4-Get a bowl ready with water and add few drops of lemon oil or just some lemon juice in the bowl. Put the apples in the bowl while you get more ready.
5-Lay the apples on the dehydrator trays in a single layer.
6-Sprinkle the apples lightly with cinnamon.
7-Once you are done with all your apples or your trays are all full, turn your dehydrator on. With the Excalibur Deluxe it took our 9 trays about 10-12 hours at 135 degrees. If you want them crunchy then put them in for longer.
8-Clean up your mess and be patient as they get the juices all sucked out of them.
9-Eat, Share, Enjoy and don’t forget to SUBSCRIBE!
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