USApples_Dried-Apples-Counter1_resizedDried apples are a convenient way to incorporate fruit into your daily diet. Plain, sprinkled with cinnamon, nutmeg or allspice, or in a trail mix, dried apples are incredibly easy to make at home and take on the go. Plus, a 1/2-cup serving of dried apples counts as one serving of fruit.

To make dried apples at home:

  1. Select a variety.
  1. Wash in cold water, and discard bruised or mushy parts of apples. Slice the apples to desired thickness, skin removal optional (although you will find a big dose of nutrients in or just under the skin!)
  1. Drying can be done with a food dehydrator or an oven.
  • Dehydrator: Spread the slices out on racks. Dry at 140 degrees. Drying time will vary; plan for 12 to 24 hours and monitor closely.
  • Oven: Spread the slices out on a cake rack or cookie sheet. Bake on the lowest setting, flipping the apples occasionally. Drying time will vary, but plan for 10 to 20 hours and monitor closely.
  1. For shelf-stable dried apples, dry apple slices to the texture of a raisin. Sprinkle with cinnamon, allspice or nutmeg during baking if desired.

Tip:  Try experimenting with different apple varieties to discover changing flavors when the apple is dried.