Dehydrating apples is a simple process that can be made better with a little bit of cinnamon too! They have a lot of purposes – from being eaten on their own as snakes, to adding as rehydrated goods to pies, baked goods, pancakes, oatmeals, or in stuffing.
Wash your apples carefully.
Peal your apples unless you want the skin on them.
Remove the core - an apple corer is an inexpensive item to get, and saves you a lot of work!
(optional) You can pre-treat the apples in either a Fresh Fruit Produce Protector solution, or you can use lemon juice at the ratio of 1 cup water to 1 tbsp lemon juice.
Cut fruit into desired shape – such as 1/4″ slices, wedges, cubes, or thin sliced for apple chips.
Dry the apples using a dehydrator at 100 degrees F for 8 hours, or until they are crispy.
Store dehydrated apples in a clean, dry, airtight container away from sunlight – preferably somewhere cool and dark.
How do you rehydrate?
Simply! Just soak in hot water for 15 minutes.
You can add seasoning to your apples as well right before hydrating, such as cinnamon or brown sugar to add a little extra taste to them when they are done. They can be used as just a snack on their own, or as an addition to other recipes – for breads, muffins, pies, pancakes, oatmeal, and so much more.
They are very versatile and keeping them on hand can help you make those “emergency” situations much nicer with a little bit of home preserved goodness to add to other, more blander, long term storage food.