How to Dry Apples in the Oven
In today’s video, I’m sharing How to Dry Apples in the Oven. This recipe is so easy to do! They make a great snack and can even be used for a craft!
Ideas for Snacking
Place dried apples in jar and store in the pantry for snacking at any time. But it can be especially fun to make an apple ring by threading the rings through some kitchen twine. Place the ring on a plate and leave the twine untied so that folks can slip off apples as they wish.
Natural Is Best
Drying apples in your oven allows you to avoid additives like sulfur dioxide, which are commonly found on dried fruit purchased at the grocery store. Instead of chemicals, I’ll show you how to use a simple solution of vinegar and water to help your apple slices retain an appetizing color once dried.
Ideas for Entertaining
Oven-dried apples are perfect to snack on, but they offer so many more possibilities. When entertaining, if you have guests who avoid gluten, these apple rings are a great option to top with cheese in place of crackers.
Dried apples are exceptionally aromatic, so they are wonderful for turning into a kitchen wreath. You can string them on a wire on their own, or intermingle herbs, such as rosemary or lavender, to make a delightfully fragrant combination.
More Ideas for Dehydrating
Once you’ve tried this recipe, be sure to check out these other dehydrating videos:
- How to Dehydrate Food playlist
- Food Dehydrating 101 – Helpful Books to Get You Started
- Food Dehydrating 101 – Dehydrator Equipment to Get You Started
- How to Make Mirepoix and Dehydrate It – FOOD DEHYDRATING 101
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Oven Dried Apples
- 12 Apples, assorted varieties
- 1/2 cup Apple cider vinegar
- Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Fill a large bowl with water and add vinegar. This will make a solution of "acidulated" water.
- Core apples one at a time and then peel or leave unpeeled.
- Slice apples 1/4" thick and place into acidulated water.
- When all the apples are sliced and placed into the acidulated water, remove apples in groups and blot between two clean dish towels to remove excess water.
- Once the apple slices are blotted, place them on a lined baking sheet or on top of a drying rack that is placed into a baking sheet. Fill three baking sheets with apple slices.
- Place baking sheets into oven and close door.
- After two hours, rotate baking sheets to different oven racks. Check to make sure that no apples are sticking to their surface. If they are sticking, turn them over.
- After 4 hours, check on apple slices. If any are dry, remove them. Continue to dry the remaining apple slices. It can 6 hours to dry apples to a malleable consistency. Once all apple slices are dried to the desired consistency, allow to cool.
- Once completely cool, apple slices can now be placed into an airtight container with an oxygen absorber pack and stored in a cool dry place, such as a pantry. The shelf life is 2-3 months. Or, apple slices can be strung on a string if they are to be eaten within a few days.
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