See these apples? These particular apples are now in a couple of quart sized mason jars waiting to be used for snacks and pies at a later day. I’m a complete novice right now, but I’m in the process of learning to dehydrate foods for my family.
Hopefully, I will also be learning how to use those foods later in the meals we love to eat. In the meantime, the apples turned out beautifully and we’ve all been enjoying eating them all by themselves.
I was seriously grateful for my apple corer/slicer this past week. It made quick work of prepping the apples for the dehydrator. Spraying them with lemon juice as I went along helped with preventing too much browning. When all of the apples were spread out on the trays, then they received a final spray of lemon juice before going into the dehydrator.
Once I’d done a few batches without the skin, I decided to skip peeling the apples and see how it turned out for us. As it turned out, I liked the apples with the peel the best of all. The texture was different, even the taste was slightly changed. Plus, the peel caused the apples to curl slightly, making them round and almost curled in a few instances. I can hardly wait to use them on salads.
Finished result: Approximately 24 apples fills a gallon sized ziploc with dehydrated apple slices. After processing over 100 apples, I am happy to have a great supply of snacks and apple slices set aside to use in pies and crumbles later this year.
My boys put the dried apples (without the skin) in their oatmeal the first morning after we made these and declared it awesome. If you are interested in learning more about dehydrating foods for your family, Dehydrate2Store has been an invaluable resource for me.