Yes, I know it’s summer, but my house smells like Fall! What’s better in fall you say? Apple Pie! Yes! My house smells like Apple Pie and here’s why – I’m dehydrating a bunch of apples today! Yummy!! A neighbor came over and when I opened the door she told me my house smelled amazing and she wondered what candle I had burning! I told her I didn’t have a candle lit, but was making dehydrated apples – she was impressed!
I’m not kidding, it really smells awesome and I can’t wait to make them this fall! They are so easy too – and I think they are even easier than the dehydrated bananas. I sort of feel like I’m a pro now at this (ya know, because I have dehydrated one batch of bananas and one batch of apples – – yep just pass me my pro status ribbon right now!) – so I have a few extra tips on how to make dehydrated apples quick and easy.
For starters, my dehydrator only has 4 trays – so I can’t do a lot at the same time, but I did realize you can prep a whole bunch at once and save half the batch for later. If you have fewer trays like I do, then peel/slice/core your apples and place all the extra apples in a big bowl filled with a bit of water and lemon juice. Cover and store in your refrigerator until you are ready to dehydrate. I did one batch during the day (about 8 medium to large sized apples), and then cooked the second batch overnight. This totally happened by accident, I really had no idea how many apples my trays would fit so I ended up buying a 5 bags of 3 apples each on clearance at the grocery store and prepped all of them at once. :) Silly me! But I was happy to prep and save all the extras. It worked out great!
One other tip, if you plan to do this a lot, then make sure you get an Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer machine – I know Pampered Chef sells one, so does Williams and Sonoma (which is the brand I have – I’m lucky though, I found mine at Goodwill for $5). I tend to use mine a lot and it makes the whole process so much faster and super fun for your kids to help with! It’s messy and sticky, but a lot of fun!
How To Make Dehydrated Apples
You will need:
- Food dehydrator
- Small spray bottle
- 15 medium size apples
- Juice from one lemon or 2 Tbs of bottled lemon juice
- PAM or Misto filled with Olive Oil
- Peel, core, and slice the apples the same thickness so they dry evenly – 1/4″ is perfect. I used an Apple Peeler/Slicer/Corer. I picked mine up at Goodwill for $5 and I LOVE it! Makes peeling super fast and my kids love to help with it. Also, apples are sliced the same thickness which is helpful for drying. If you don’t have a Peeler/Slicer/Corer, you can do it manually.
- Lightly srapy your dehydrator trays with olive oil or PAM to help with sticking.
- Place apples in single layer on dehydrator trays.
- Spray apples with lemon juice from your small spray bottle to keep the apples from turning a yucky brown color.
- Lightly sprinkle cinnamon on the apples.
- Turn on the dehydrator and set to 135 degrees.
- Check apples in 5 hours and consider flipping over (again depends on the design of your dehydrator).
- Cook for a total of 10 hours until apples are no longer mushy to the touch.
- Store in an air-tight bag or container.
Trust me, you will love how these make your house smell!! Yummy! Making these apples yourself is super healthy and such a great way to help stretch your grocery budget! My kids LOVE them and they are a super healthy snack for school! Win win!
If you try them, let me know what you think!
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