How To Make Your Own Dried Apples

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Apples are in season, and we have been quite busy preserving them this past week. 

Our two favorite ways to preserve apples are applesauce, (also used to make fruit leather later on) and dried apples.

Our dried apples are usually consumed, no- INHALED at such an alarming rate that I decided to get another entire bushel of apples this year that was completely devoted to making dried apples! 

Making dried apples is easy, and is such a great way to have a sweet and healthy snack on hand all winter when quality fresh fruit is a bit harder to get your hands on. This is especially important for us because right now, we do our best to only buy food that is in season, and we will eventually be eating only the fruits our homestead produces. (With the exception of a huge wholesale citrus order directly from Florida that we do each winter.)

So, here is how to make your dried apples!

Start with a large amount of apples- I got mine from a local orchard. *Tip- always ask if they have “seconds”. These are the imperfectly shaped apples that occasionally have a bruise or blemish. They taste just as good as the “firsts”, and are usually MUCH less expensive.

Pictured here is a half bushel of Stayman and Fuji seconds. See how beautiful they are?

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How To Make Your Own Dried Apples | areturntosimplicity.com

*Peel, core, and slice your apples.                *some people prefer the peel on, so peeling is optional.

If you plan on regularly preserving apples, I highly recommend getting an apple peeler/corer/slicer. It is a very low cost investment that will save you LOADS of time and effort. It also happens to work beautifully on potatoes!

Save all the cores and peels for making apple “cider” vinegar!!

How To Make Your Own Dried Apples | areturntosimplicity.com

Arrange the apple slices on your dehydrator tray. (one of my all-time favorite appliances.) At this point you can add a sprinkle of cinnamon if you wish.

How To Make Your Own Dried Apples | areturntosimplicity.com

Dry for several hours at 135-145 degrees. The length of time varies widely between different types and brands of dehydrators. You know the apples are done drying when they have no moisture left when you touch or bite into them.

You can dry them to be leathery and slightly bendy, or you can let them go a bit longer for more of a crunchy texture. Both are delicious!

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Once the dried apples have reached your desired consistency (bendy or crisp) allow them to cool before placing them in a storage container. I like to store mine in 1/2 or 1 gallon jars. One 9-10 tray dehydrator usually yields about a gallon of dried fruit.

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You can use the dried apples in trail mixes, reconstituted in pies, or eaten plain by the handful.

You may want to hide about half of them though, or they could possibly be gone by within a week like my dried peaches were! 🙂

Do you like dried fruit?

 

 

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11 responses to “How To Make Your Own Dried Apples”

  1. Christie says:

    We love dried apples here, too. I also make fruit leather out of apple sauce. The boys love it.

  2. Ned Shealy says:

    You make the comment in the article that you can bake with them — do you have any posts on the concept? Just Rehydrate and use as normal apples or how does it work? Demanding sounding – Sorry.

    • Angi says:

      Hey Ned- No, I haven’t done any posts on the subject of re-hydrating apples. Basically, you just re-hydrate and use like you would normal apples just like you said. It’s pretty straightforward. Just simmer the apples with hot water until they puff up and regain their hydrated form.

  3. JES says:

    Your dried slices look tasty! I think this will have to be a project in our home too! We also have the same goals of eating in season and using what we have. Our fruit tree have a year or so to go before we can begin to rely on them and I can’t wait!! Thanks for sharing your wonderful posts on the Art of Home-Making Mondays each week! I love my visits here 🙂

  4. Nancy Andres says:

    I love dried apples and your blog was great! I found you and your blog at Tues. With A Twist # 84. I look forward to learning other things from you, as I like to live simply and healthfully. Please read my blog there too. It’s the one that asks you to TAKE ACTION WITH YOUR FOOD SHOPPING DOLLARS. Be well. Live well. Lead a Colorful life! Nancy A.

  5. I would love to see a post on how to make your own apple cider vinegar. Found your blog via Tenth Acre Farm and have already devoured a few posts. 🙂

  6. Jendi says:

    I just dried some apples 2 days ago. I have none of the fancy equipment. I just used my knife and the racks I cool cookies on to put the apples in my oven. I’m not sure if my family will like them so I didn’t want to purchase supplies and not use them. I made them crunchy instead of leathery so we’ll see!

  7. Dina says:

    Hi! Looking for recipe for dehydrating apples so to use in ‘instant’ apple cider. Want to make with my own ingredients.

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