How to Dry Apples

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Maybe your apple tree was overzealous in production, or maybe you bought too many apples thinking you wanted eight apple pies — whatever the reason, you now have a lot of extra apples on your hands. Why not try drying them out? Dried apples are delicious, healthy snacks that can be stored for months. Follow these easy steps to dry your apples.

Washing and Coring the Apples

  1. Wash your apples. You do not necessarily need to peel them. The skin adds extra flavor to the apples and also contain a good deal of the fiber apples are famous for. Other people like to peel their apples because they do not like the texture of the dried skins. It is really just a matter of what you like.
    • Any variety of apple can be dried, though Gala, Fuji, and Golden Delicious work particularly well.
  2. Cut away the cores. You will also want to cut out any worm-eaten parts. Kitchen stores sell apple corers that will easily and efficiently remove your apple cores. However, if you do not have one of these devices you can also core your apples by hand.
    • If you are using these apples for decorations, or you really like your food to look as beautiful as possible, skip the coring. Apples that are not cored and are cut so that they keep their circular shape have a pretty star pattern in the center created by the core.
  3. Cut the apples into thin slices. You can either cut your apples so that they retain their circular shape, or you can cut them into thin wedges. Again, this is simply based on your own preference, though some say that the thinner the slices, the easier it is to dry the apples.
  4. Dip your slices into a solution that will keep them from browning. An excellent solution for this is lemon juice, pineapple juice and water mixed together. The pineapple juice isn’t necessary but it adds sweetness to the mixture that counteracts the sour flavor of the lemon juice. Pre-treating the apples will also help them retain more of their vitamin A and vitamin C properties as well as provide a better texture in the final product. Here are some methods you can use to pretreat the apples:
    • Soak the apple slices in lemon juice. Mix 1 cup (240 mL) lemon juice into 1 quart (2 pints) of water. Do not soak for more than 10 minutes. Drain the liquid from the fruit.
    • Soak the apple slices in sodium bisulfite. Mix 2 teaspoons (9.85 mL) of sodium bisulfite into 1 quart (2 pints) of water. Do not soak for more than 10 minutes. Drain the liquid from the fruit.
    • Soak the apple slices in ascorbic acid for a result 6 times more effective than lemon juice. Mix 1 tablespoon (14.78 mL) of crystalline ascorbic acid into 1 quart (2 pints) of cold water. Soak the fruit for 3 minutes. Drain the liquid from the fruit.
    • You can also add orange juice and lemon juice mixed with water.
  5. Sprinkle seasonings on the slices (optional). Some people like to flavor their apple slices with spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, or allspice. These give the apple slices a flavor boost, but unflavored apple slices are equally delicious.

Drying the Apples

  1. Set your oven to 200ºF (93.3ºC.) You can even make your oven go down a bit lower, to 145ºF (62.7ºC), but many ovens will not go down this low.
  2. Place the apple slices on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper. Make sure that they are not overlapping or else they will fuse together while they are drying.
  3. Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake the apples for at least an hour on each side. Bake the apple slices for an hour. When the hour has passed, remove the sheets and flip all of the apple slices over. Bake the apples for one more hour is you prefer your apples to be a little less crispy. If you like crispy dried apples, bake them for two more hours. Just make sure to bake them evenly on each side.
    • You should keep an eye on your apples and check them periodically. All ovens are different and your oven might take a longer or shorter amount of time to dry the apples.
  4. Turn the oven off but do not take the apples out for another one to two hours. Inside, crack the oven door open a small amount and let the apples cool inside the oven. You should not take the apples out until the oven has cooled completely (this should take one or two hours)..
    • There's another school of thought that you should keep your oven open during the entire cooking process, with a fan blowing on it to help circulate the air. If you decide to prop the oven open in advance, just cook the apples for 6-10 hours.

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Lemon juice
  • Water
  • Cinnamon, nutmeg, or allspice (optional)

Tips

  • If the weather is rainy, the apples must be dried indoors only, and extra care must then be taken that they are neither scorched nor cooked on the stove. Whilst cooking is going on they will dry nicely on sheets of paper on the plate-rack.
  • The dried apples will be delicious in flavour when stewed, and are very acceptable substitutes when fresh fruit is scarce.

Things You'll Need

  • Drying trays
  • Sheets of paper
  • Brown paper bags or airtight plastic containers
  • Oven
  • Knife or apple corer
  • Baking sheet
  • Parchment paper
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