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Dehydrating Apples

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This year my husband and I received an amazing gift from Mother Nature.  Christmas morning we woke up to the most enchanting snowfall ever.  It was a true Norman Rockwell scene if I had ever saw one.  The sky was white, the land was white, the trees where white, the deck was white… everything was blanked in snow.  And it was still coming down in large, fat, lazy flakes.  We had our morning snuggle, sipping our coffees as we enjoyed the beauty of the Christmas tree and the sounds of soft Christmas music.  We sat there all snuggled up,  watching the snow build a wall on our deck railing, layer by layer by layer.  Obviously it was perfect day for… snowshoeing.  The only thing was neither one of us had ever tried it before.  Shame on me… 28 years in Alaska should have given me some experience,  but no.

Don’t get me wrong though, we tried.  One year in Alaska, Bob and I decided it was high time to take up some winter sports.  We were tired of sitting inside, watching the moose play in the snow… we wanted to play as well!  Bob had owned a pair of snow shoes from the past so we went on the hunt for a pair for me.  Craigslist!  We found an amazing pair of racing snowshoes of all things.   So, we met the seller at a cafe and did the exchange in the parking lot and then made our way home.  The sky was already turning dark at 3:00 pm so we decided to wait till the following day to start our adventures.

The next day we woke up to a bone chilling, unfit-for-human-survival temperature of -30 (F)!  Uff-da!  It was far to cold to go “play” in the snow.  With our heads hung low we decided to wait for the next day.  Day after day… -30 (F) weather enveloped our house, even causing the structure to moan and shiver.  The days passed, the weeks passed, finally after two weeks of such cold weather, it broke!  We had been watching the news and we were delighted to see that the temperatures where going to let up and we would soon be out snowshoeing!  The next day, it started to snow (wheee), then it turned in to rain (doh!) and the temperature warmed up to near 40 degrees (whoa!!!)  Now the rain kept us in the house.  The following morning I ran to the front picture window, like a child scurrying to see if there were reindeer on the roof,  the burning question… Can we go snowshoeing today?   I looked out the window and believe it or not…. ALL the snow had melted!!  From tons of snow, to 30 below, to 40 above, to snow, to rain, and then to nothing!  All in 16 days.  lol  Needless to say we never got to go snowshoeing that year.  That is until yesterday and it was wonderful!   In the midst of our pear orchard we found a new discovery… this is that gift that I spoke of earlier… we found one apple tree.  Not a leaf to be found yet it was loaded with at least 100 apples.  Apples that were as crisp, and sweet as can be and so juicy!  Though we still don’t have any idea as to what kind they are.  What a blessing!  We picked roughly 30 lbs of apples.  And this little discovery is what prompted this post on dehydrating apples.



  1. Wash and dry the apples.
  2. Remove the core.  Peel or not.  Your choice.
  3. I used a mandolin and  sliced the apples 3-7 mm thick.  Cutting them the same thickness will ensure that they will all dehydrate evenly.  If you don’t have a mandolin, use a sharp knife and do your best to cut them evenly.
  4. Three forms of drying the apples (the oven dried are not raw)

Sous Chef Ideas:

Round 1 of apple rings:
Stats:  7 lbs of apples = 20 apples = cut at 3mm thickness = 9 full Excalibur trays
Dried: 11 oz weight
After slicing apple ring after apple ring… I decided to break the monotony and pull out the cookie cutters.
I mean, look at those ADORABLE  apple mittens!!!
With the left over apple bits, I chopped them up to make dried apple bits.  I do this whenever
I dry apples because these are perfect to add into trail mixes, granolas or to sprinkle on your morning porridge.

End result of Round 1 of dried apples.

 Round 2 of apple rings

Stats:  6 lbs of apples = 19 apples = cut at 7 mm thickness = 4 full Excalibur trays
Dried: 10 oz weight
Below is the end result of the 7 mm sliced apple rings.  A bit chewier but not to different from the 3 mm slices.
Round 3 Apple Sticks
Stats:  2 lbs 14 oz of apples = 8 apples = cut at 7 mm match stick thickness = 4 full Excalibur trays
Dried: 5 oz weight
Shew, we made it!  That wasn’t so hard so was it?  But because every good job deserves a reward, make yourself a cup of…
Apple Crisp Tea
  • Simmer 12 dried apple slices, one cinnamon stick, and a 2-inch strip of lemon peel in four cups of water for 30 minutes.
  • Strain into three cups and sweeten. Put a slice or two of apple into each cup for visual interest.
Fine Print:
As you read through all the stats of the different experiments with drying the apples, please +/- a few ounces here and there.  I had a stealth ninja dude (I won’t point AT him but his name is Bob!) who kept snagging a small handful as he walked by my trays that I had set out to cool before storing.   I didn’t have this experiment preplanned so please take the information that I have given you as a guideline, as a roundabout idea.  :)  There are so many other ideas to explore, but I ran out of apples.  Our Christmas gift from Mother Nature did however provide us with some amazing raw treats that we can enjoy over the next few months (if they last that long).

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11 thoughts on “Dehydrating-apples

  1. Christine says:

    I just put tons of organic apples into my EX following your exact directions. I am a little concerned that the apple slices were not supposed to be rinsed after draining from lemon water. I guess I will find out soon if they should have been. Crossing my fingers they won’t taste like lemon!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hi Christine, I have never washed the lemon off my apples when drying them, they should be just fine. Have a wonderful Monday! amie sue

  2. Christine says:

    They turned out delicious! I used organic Cameo apples and sliced them about 1/3 inch thick and after only 10 hours on 105 degrees they were paper thin, so next time I will cut them much thicker! BUT they are delicious with no lemon taste…thanks for the recipe!

  3. Betina says:

    Hola su pagina es excelente…. tantas cosas tan ricas y novedosas, le consulto al momento de comer las manzanas hay que hidratarlas o se pueden comer asi crujientes

  4. kathy says:

    Thanks for the easy “how to”. Didn’t have an apple core tool, so used a melon ball tool to take a plug of core from both ends of the whole apples. Used our meat slicer to make uniform cross section slices. Then placed each slice flat on a wooden cutting board and used the melon ball tool to cut out the core. Although not necessary to have a pretty looking, round hole in the apple slice, sure was easy to accomplish this with so little waste! Cheers!

    • amie-sue says:

      That is wonderful Kathy, we all have to make due with what we have available to ourselves. Thank you for sharing. Your ideas might inspire others as well! Have a blessed day, amie sue

  5. Janice says:

    Amie Sue, I would like to make one of your granola recipes. Do I dry the apples first or can I dry them along with the other ingredients in the granola recipe?
    I’m on a roll – made some crackers and kale chips – I am really enjoying my new dehydrator!

    • amie-sue says:

      Hello Janice,

      You can dry the apples at the same time. I tend to always have them dried ahead of time that is why I start the recipe out with them. I am sooo thrilled that you are having fun with your new dehydrator. :) Isn’t it amazing the aromas that omit from it! aaaah., lovely. Have a wonderful evening, amie sue


    So glad I discovered this Site while searching for how to dehydrate apples ! Lovely descriptions well written.

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