Discover Dried Apples
Dried 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:
- Select a variety.
- 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!)
- 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.
- 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.