Dehydrating apples is a quick and easy snack to make during the peak of apple season. Apple chips are a healthy, low sugar treat for kids and families. In this post I share with you how to make this super simple recipe!Jump to Recipe
To make these yummy apple chips you’ll need apples, a peeler corer, and a dehydrator and a little patience.
Have you dehydrated food before? Once you use a dehydrator you’ll be introduced to a whole new world of food possibilities. The ideas and recipes are endless for dehydrating fruits, vegetables, meats, herbs and more!
I often like to make these apple chips, fruit leather and beef jerky. I also use mine to dehydrate tomatoes and chanterelle mushrooms In the fall. It’s a tool that’s constantly humming along during harvest season.
Tools for preserving
You’ll need these two main tools to make apple chips.
Prepare your apples using a peeler corer! I love the cherry apple red colour and it helps that it’s a solid, sturdy cast iron tool I can rely on.
This dehydrator is great for beginners. It fits a good amount of food, doesn’t take up to much space and the air circulates very well so you don’t have to adjust the racks. it also has a heat setting which makes it super helpful when dehydrating a variety of foods.
How to make apple chips in the dehydrator
Start by gathering apples. There’s really no perfect apple variety for making apple chips. The fall is a great time to find deals in the grocery store,or glean apples from neighbours in exchange for some tasty treats if you don’t have your own apple tree. I process all my apples in a weekend, and make apple sauce, apple butter, these tasty chips and apple pie filling!
Then it’s time to prepare apples using an apple peeler corer. I like to make room for this set up in my kitchen. I’m a lefty, so I set up my basket of apples and peeler on the left hand side. I separate peels and cores into a bowl for my chickens and the sliced apples go into a warm water bath with lemon juice to prevent browning before I slice them up.
Cut the apples in half or leave them in rounds, depending on what you’d prefer for your final product. I didn’t cut my apples into rounds, but I wish I had. They look so sweet stacked in mason jars as a snack for school or work.
Place a single layer of apple slices on the trays from dehydrator. Make sure to leave room between apples, for proper air circulation.
Adjust the heat setting on your dehydrator to 135-145 F. This is the recommended temperature to dehydrate fruit.
Take out when apple chips when they are dried, but not too crispy that they crumble. This takes approx. 24 hr. Feel free to open up your dehydrator to check.
Storing Apple Chips
Store in air tight container such as a plastic container or mason jar. They can be stored in ziploc bags as well, just try not to jostle them around too much or they may break and crumble like a bag of chips.
However you store them, these tasty treats won’t last long! Just remember to not eat too much at once as this high fibre treat may upset your stomach- like any dehydrated treat!
- apple peeler/corer
- 10 apples
- Wash, peel and core apples
- Cut apples into halves or rounds
- Layer on racks of dehydrator, leaving room between slices
- Set temperature to 135-145 F
- Remove apples when they are dried, but not crunchy and crumbly