Monday, October 16, 2017

How to Dry Apples in a Dehydrator

Homemade dried apples are not only a quick snack and healthy for you, but they are easy to make. Apple chips, as some call them, are a great grab and go snack. Learn how to make dried apples in a dehydrator.

How to Dry Apples in a Dehydrator

 How to Dry Apples 

During the fall months, I start a batch of apples each morning, then let them dry all day in my dehydrator. It's pretty simple, I'll walk you through the process.

I recently did a Facebook live demonstrating my process. Be sure to check it out and I'd love a follow while you're at it ;)

How to dry apples in a dehydrator

First, slice your apples.

You want the apple slices to be as uniform as possible so they will dry evenly. I use my apple peeler/corer thingy. If you don't have one, just do your best to make the slices as even as possible.

{I've recently updated my pictures, but I just couldn't let go of this one! This little cutie is now twelve and a bit sassy! However she still loves to help slice the apples.}

Slicing apples to dry

Second, place the apples in a bowl.

I then sprinkle the apples with a cinnamon sugar mixture. This is an optional step, if you prefer you can use just plain cinnamon. Or you don't need to add anything at all.

How to make apple chips

Third, spread them out on your dehydrator racks.  

Make sure that the apples do not overlap each other or they won't dry evenly. Continue filling the racks.
drying apples

Fourth, dry the apples.

Put on the lid, turn it on to 135 degrees and wait 6-8 hours for your apples to dry.  They should have no moisture in them - tear one open and if the middle is dry you're good to go. I always like to eat one. You can tell pretty quickly if they're done that way too.


Can I dry apples in the oven? 

Yes. If you don't have a dehydrator, you can dry them in the oven. Place them on cooling racks at the lowest temperature the oven will go. They will take 5-8 hours - just check for doneness and add time as needed.

how to dry apples

What kind of apples should I use for drying?

I say whatever kind of apples you have access to, or what you prefer. Just be sure the apples are firm and crisp.

I have only ever used golden delicious because my in-laws always have an over-abundance on their tree. I will say that I like to use them when they're still greenish. Once they start to yellow, the apple pieces break apart easily and you end up with lots of small little pieces instead of large ones.

From the research I've done, there are many types of apples recommended for drying. This article from Heal with Food lists 10 apple varieties that dry well.

how to make dried apples

Now you're ready for a healthy snack any time.

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  1. Dried apples are sooo yummy! I wish I had a dehydrator. I'd love for you to share this at my party:


  2. I'm going to an apple orchard this Friday and I have plans for those apples...

    Thank you so much for sharing this at Taking A Timeout Thursday!

    -Trish @ Mom On Timeout

  3. thanks so much for linking up to my tip-toe thru tuesday party last week. this post will be one of my features this week! so stop by and grab a featured button and link up again on tuesday!

  4. Thank you so much for sharing your recipe at Taking A Timeout Thursday! I got my apples on Friday and I am going to try to do this without a dehydrator :)
    -Trish @ Mom On Timeout