A few of you have asked questions about our apple dehydrating process.
It's easy. Really. The hardest part is making them quick enough that we can put some away for the winter months. They get eaten as quickly as cupcakes in kindergarten.
I like them because they are easier to pack for lunch snacks without worrying about half eaten apples being thrown away, great for the husband to take when he's traveling, and good for me when my aging teeth have become sensitive to biting into fresh fruit. We eat them as is, mix them with other dried fruit, and/or toss them - broken up - into our yogurt or cereal.
To make them, I simply peel and core the apple and then slice. I try to slice them thin and evenly, but they aren't always even. If I were to cut them in half, I could fit a lot more - but the kids like the circles. And so do I,
To check if they are done I use this method. If they squish, they aren't done. Often some are done before others, so I simply take those off the trays and let the others sit longer.
I don't add anything. No sugar, no cinnamon, no lemon juice - just raw apples.
Thinly sliced, they take about 5-6 hours to dehydrate.
We used to use the folks more industrial dehydrator, but having taken it with them when they moved back to Minnesota, we now use this one that I found at a garage sale, brand new, for $3. We've gotten our money out of it.
I store them in either air tight containers in the cupboard for first eats, or in vacuum sealed bags tossed into the freezer for a later date.
I have another batch going now, and hopefully another batch after work. I'm doing two batches a day and still have one more basket of apples to get through.