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How to Make Dehydrated Apple Slices

We’ve all heard the old saying “an apple a day keeps the doctor away.” That’s because apples are a healthy fruit jammed packed full of nutritional benefits. Apples can be used for cooking. Apple juice can be fermented to make hard cider. Our chickens love apples as a treat. Apples are one of the primary fruit trees I’m planting on our property because of all the potential uses.

Dehydrated and vacuum sealed, they will store a long time making them great for preppers who store food. They can be rehydrated and used in cooking, or just eaten plan as a snack.

Recently we made a batch of dried apple slices in our Excalibur dehydrator, and I’m good to share how we did it.

Supplies for Making Dried Apples Slices

Supplies for Making Dried Apples Slices

First of all, you really want to use organic apples. Apples are one of the worst foods to eat non-organic because they are sprayed so much. You can peel them, but then you are missing out on a lot of the best part of the apple. Apples are commonly sprayed with insecticides, so I wouldn’t eat a non-organic apple even if it has been peeled.

When we first made these, we sliced the apples by hand. We quickly got tired of that and invested in an apple slicer. It’s not expensive and is very handy. You can also use it to peel potatoes and even make hash browns. It’s really cool. It removes the core and it spiral slices. The peeler can be pulled out of the way if you want to keep the peel, which we also do. Here is a link to the Apple Slicer on Amazon.

How to make them
First, wash the apples. We use a spray wash made of only water and vinegar. Spray the apples and rinse them off.

Now place an apple in the slicer like in the picture. Line the center of the apple up with the coring attachment. Crank the handle a few times and it’s done. Remove the apple and the core from the slicer. We save the cores for composting.

Apple Ready to Be Spiral Sliced

Apple Ready to Be Spiral Sliced

Apple After Spiral Slicing

Apple After Spiral Slicing

Holding the apple upright on a cutting board, slice down one side. This will turn the spiral slice into a bunch of smaller slices.

Cutting the Spiral Sliced Apple

Cutting the Spiral Sliced Apple

Place the slices on the dehydrator tray. Get them as close together as you can because they will shrink as they dry.

Spreading the Slices on the Tray

Spreading the Slices on the Tray

Repeat this until all the trays are full. We find this usually takes 18-20 apples depending on the size. Load all the trays in the dehydrator, set it on 135 degrees F and let it do its thing.

Loading the Trays in the Excalibur

Loading the Trays in the Excalibur

Dehydrator Fully Loaded

Dehydrator Fully Loaded

Dehydrator Set to 135F for 8 Hours

Dehydrator Set to 135F for 8 Hours

We usually let them dry for about 8 hours. Then we remove them from the trays and place in an airtight container. There’s no need to vacuum seal a single batch like this because they won’t last very long!

A couple years ago I was shopping at Costco and found they had the organic apples on sale for a great price. I bought all I could carry. We had batches going in the dehydrator for a week. We vacuum sealed those and they lasted nearly a year before we ate all of them.

Optionally you can dip them in lemon juice before dehydrating to prevent them from turning brown. We don’t bother because it doesn’t affect the taste and to me it’s an unnecessary step. You can also try other things like sprinkling them with cinnamon. Have fun and experiment!

Resources for this post:
Apple Slicer
Excalibur Dehydrator

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