Dried Apples

We have a small secondhand food dehydrator in our house, and our youngest daughter loves making (and eating) dried apples.  It’s a great use for the endless stream of fruit which finds its way onto our kitchen counter in late summer and autumn.  Drying intensifies and highlights the apple flavor. 

Almost all apples taste yummy when dried, but the best varieties are those with an intense rich flavor.  Williams Pride is our favorite.  Liberty is another good one. 

Drying is a simple process: slice up the apples, lay them out on the racks of the dehydrator without any overlap, turn it on, and wait a few hours for them to dry.  We run our dehydrator at 135 degrees.  It takes about 3 hours to dry a batch, depending on how thin the apple slices are.