Dehydrating apples is a quick and easy way to make apple chips and rings during the peak of apple season. Apple chips are a healthy, low sugar treat for kids and families. In this post I share with you how to make this super simple recipe!Jump to Recipe
I’ll never forget when I got my first dehydrator, it was Christmas and my husband and my mother bought me the same one! To be honest it was hard to return one.
Dehydrating fruit, vegetables, herbs, and even meat is one of my favourite was to quickly deal with a large harvest during the peak of summer.
A food dehydrator is one of the many preserving tools that homesteaders dream of having and if they do, it’s often running.
To make these yummy apple chips you'll need apples, a peeler corer, and a dehydrator and a little patience.
Have you dehydrated food before? Once you use a dehydrator you'll be introduced to a whole new world of food possibilities. The ideas and recipes are endless for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs and even mushrooms!
I often like to make these apple chips, fruit leather and beef jerky. I also use mine to dehydrate tomatoes and chanterelle mushrooms In the fall. It's a tool that's constantly humming along during harvest season.
HOW TO DEHYDRATE APPLES
Tools for preserving
You'll need these two main tools to dehydrate apples
Prepare your apples using a peeler corer! I love the cherry apple red colour and it helps that it’s a solid, sturdy cast iron tool I can rely on.
How to make apple chips in the dehydrator
Start by gathering apples. There's really no perfect apple variety for making apple chips. The fall is a great time to find deals in the grocery store,or glean apples from neighbours in exchange for some tasty treats if you don't have your own apple tree.
Then it's time to prepare apples using an apple peeler corer. I like to make room for this set up in my kitchen. I'm a lefty, so I set up my basket of apples and peeler on the left hand side.
I separate peels and cores into a bowl for my backyard chickens and the sliced apples go into a warm lemon water bath with lemon juice to prevent browning before I slice them up.
Cut the apples in half or leave them in rounds, depending on what you'd prefer for your final product. I didn't cut my apples into rounds, but I wish I had. They look so sweet stacked in mason jars as a snack for school or work.
Place a single layer of apple slices on the trays from dehydrator. Make sure to leave room between apples, for proper air circulation.
Adjust the heat setting on your dehydrator to 135-145 F. This is the recommended temperature to dehydrate fruit.
Take out when apple chips when they are dried, but not too crispy that they crumble. This takes approx. 24 hr. Feel free to open up your dehydrator to check.
HOW TO STORE APPLE CHIPS
Store in air tight container such as a plastic container or mason jar. They can be stored in ziploc bags as well, just try not to jostle them around too much or they may break and crumble like a bag of chips.
However you store them, these tasty treats won’t last long! Just remember to not eat too much at once as this high fibre treat may upset your stomach- like any dehydrated treat!
- apple peeler/corer
- 10 apples
- Wash, peel and core apples
- Cut apples into halves or rounds
- Layer on racks of dehydrator, leaving room between slices
- Set temperature to 135-145 F
- Remove apples when they are dried, but not crunchy and crumbly