Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Making Dried Apple Slices

I have been picking apples and giving them away for the past week. Instead of giving them all away, I thought it would be a good idea to put my dehydrator into use. I picked up this 8-tier American Harvest dehydrator earlier this year after I raided the chantrelle gold mine.

I considered getting one of those hand cranking apple peeler/corer, but then I remembered that I have a mandoline slicer. I normally eat apples without peeling them anyway; besides, these are organic apples from my farm. I ended up just getting an apple corer.

To prevent the sliced apples turning brown from oxidization, I first prepared a bowl of lemon juice mixed with water and some salt. I sliced the cored apples directly into the lemon salty water and let them soak. As you can see from the picture, they didn't turn brown at all. You can see that they are not all in perfect rings. That's because I cut off all the blemishes.

After the bowl was filled with apple slices, I took them out and lined them up in the trays of dehydrator. It's best for them not to overlap. I set the dehydrator at 140 degrees. I made my slices pretty thin, so they will most likely be ready in a few hours before I turn in for the night. Oh, I also put a very fragrant rose in the dehydrator. I can actually smell the apples as they are drying.

Update: They weren't actually quite done last night. I lowered the temperature to 95 degrees, the lowest setting on the dehydrator, before I went to sleep. This morning, I stuffed them in 2 ziplock bags.

Finished! Perfect snack for later.

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