Homemade Dried Apple Chips

One of my goals for 2012 should be self control when it comes to dried fruit. I JUST CAN’T HELP MYSELF! It’s soooo good. My favorite kind of dried fruit is mango, closely followed by apple and pineapple. Would you like to see my favorite Christmukkah gift this year?? Please meet: MY DEHYDRATOR!
Oh my oh my. The mom aka Mrs. Claus, let me open my gift a week early because she was so excited to give it to me! Seli (my parent’s foreign exchange student from Switzerland, who btw is my twin) and I made several different varieties of dried fruit. Banana chips, apple chips, dried pineapple, dried mango, and my favorite…RAISINS!

Unfortunately, I was unable to take photos of all the different varieties we made. Remember when I left my camera in Chicago? Well, our creations were concocted during this time. Fortunately, we made another big ol’ batch of apple chips/chunks :) Take a looksie…

Seriously SO easy to make. Slice. Dip. Dry. The dehydrator I got is from Cabellas, so it is pretty heavy duty and great for drying meats, fruits, and spices. To make apple chips all you need is a sharp knife, lemon juice, and a dehydrator! There is no added sulfers, sugars, sodium, etc. Just whole apple cinnamon goodness with a little lemon juice to preserve the color.

Dried Apple Chips
-Apples (how ever many you want to dry)
-1/2C lemon juice

Set your dehydrator to 150 degrees. Then, slice your apples into unified pieces. The thicker the slice, the longer it will take to dry. Soak the apple slices in lemon juice for around 60 seconds and then place on the trays. Then if you desire, sprinkle with cinnamon. (I highly recommend this) My apples took between 6-10 hours to dry depending on the thickness. Also, if you prefer your apple chips to be crunchy, rather than chewy, let cook for an additional hour or so.

After doing a few rounds of drying. I recommend flipping the apple slices after about 2 hours. This will prevent it from sticking to the tray. Another suggestion is rotating the apple chips, bringing the ones from the back to the front and visa versa. The ones in the front dry out faster than the ones in the back.

With the smaller apple chunks, I had plans to make granola, but they didn’t last long enough! I shall put that on my bucket list of recipes. There are so many amazing things I want to make in this bad boy. Next up…FRUIT LEATHER :)

What is your favorite variety of dried fruit?

Have you every made dried fruit?

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