Dehydrating apples is a simple process, but one that can have a number of outcomes depending on which way you carry it out. Using apple slices just a few millimeters smaller than the next could mean you have apple chips instead of dried apple rings, and you can use each type for different purposes.
Dehydrating apples in a dehydrator is the easiest way to make these snacks, as it uses minimal electricity (around 35 cents per day for most models of dehydrator) and it does all the work for you. You don’t need to worry about losing solar heat when the sun goes down, or keeping the temperature constant in a homemade dehydrating cabinet, because the in-built thermostat does that for you. All you need to do is wash your apples, slice them as thinly or thickly as you like, treat them in solution and place them on the dehydrator tray.
Solution? Don’t worry, this part of our guide on how to dehydrate apples explains all:
As you probably know, apples turn brown when they’re exposed to the air, but acid tends to counteract this reaction. Simply soak your slices in a mixture of 1 quart of water per cup of apple slices, and 1 tsp lemon or lime juice per quart. Alternatively, you can use ascorbic acid, but bear in mind that this is much stronger than lemon or lime juice, and you will need to follow the package instructions closely.
The great thing about using a dehydrator to dehydrate apples is that you don’t have to choose the best tasting ones. If you find yourself with a particularly sharp harvest from your trees, or powdery ones, then you can dry them and they will still turn out delicious. Slice them very thinly to make crispy apple chips, or thicker for more chewy apple rings (these are ideal to give to weaned and teething toddlers to chew on).
So the next time you find some apples at the bottom of your fruit bowl going wrinkly, don’t throw them away. Slice them up and put them in your dehydrator for a yummy snack that can then be stored for months on end in a zip lock bag.