How to Dehydrate Apples

How to Dehydrate Apples

apples, apple slices, dehydrated fruit, dehydrating apples, dried apple slices, apples and cinnamon, dried fruitWe love dried fruit, but Derek doesn’t care for store-bought ones, especially apples. We are also wary of store-bought dried fruit due to all the added ingredients, and all that added sugar! That is why we dehydrate our own, and when we do, we can’t get enough of them! Here we will tell you how to dehydrate apples.

The process is simple, especially if you have a dehydrator.  This one is similar to the one we have (there are more links below to similar dehydrators), and it works quite well for our purposes.  We would like to get another one in the future, perhaps one with a temperature gauge and an on/off switch, or even a solar one, but, for now, the one we have serves us well.

First – you must peel and slice the apples

For dehydrated apples, you will want to peel and slice them first.  We have used simple slicers like this before, but once we used this corer-slicer-peeler we will never go back!  It peels, slices, and cores at the same time, all while slicing them evenly, which, when dehydrating, is a godsend.  You really want to try to have your slices as uniform as possible so that they dry out at the same speed.  If you don’t have one of these slicers, no worries! Even if you can’t slice them perfectly and evenly (who can, really??) don’t fret, you can still dehydrate them just fine.  We did it for years without one and still got amazing dehydrated apples.

After you peel and slice your apples, you will want to lay them out in a single layer on each tray of the dehydrator. You don’t want to pack it too full or overlap them since it will slow down the drying process, and they may not dry out evenly.

Now add some flavor

apples, apple slices, dehydrated fruit, dehydrating apples, dried apple slices, apples and cinnamon, dried fruit

If you want to add any flavor to your apples, now is the time to do so. We like to use cinnamon a lot. If your apples are tart, you may want to add some sugar or honey to them. Just remember, when buying honey, make sure to only buy from a local apiary (beekeeper), or your local farmers market, or a grocery store that offers locally sourced honey.  When you buy “honey” from the larger chain grocery stores, you may not really be getting honey, but, rather, just processed sugar with minuscule amounts of honey in it.

Ok, health rant over.

We did not need to add any sugar or honey to our latest batch of apples, they were so incredibly sweet already! We did, however, use cinnamon, because, what goes better with apples than cinnamon??

Now you are ready to dehydrate!

apples, apple slices, dehydrated fruit, dehydrating apples, dried apple slices, apples and cinnamon, dried fruitOnce your apple slices are all laid out on the trays, and you have put cinnamon, sugar, or honey, or whatever else you may wish to put on the apples, you can plug in and turn on your dehydrator.  With ours, there is no on/off switch, so to turn it on, you simply plug it in.  Then, you wait.  The length of time really depends – on the temperature of your house, the humidity, how thick your slices are, etc. You get the idea. You will know when they are done by the way they feel. It is somewhat hard to explain, but when they do not feel moist any longer, then they’re done. The more you dehydrate, the easier it becomes to tell when they are completely dehydrated.

Check out our other post on dehydrating for more information on the dehydrating and storing process, as well as how to rehydrate produce.

Once they are done, enjoy! Or let them cool down before putting them into a container for preservation.

What else would you put on your dehydrated apple slices? Have you tried dehydrating apples, if so, what did you think? Let us know your dried apple slice recipes and methods in the comments below or contact us!

 

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