Homemade Apple Chips

Homemade Apple Chips

Apples are favorite fall food for any seasonal eater.

I suggest bringing home  a dozen varieties from the farmers market, and spending the week working your way through your own apple festival.

We eat them fresh; then make applesauce to be enjoyed all winter, apple pies to freeze and apple juice to savour. But apple chips are by far my kids' favorite apple food. And making these delights is as much fun as eating them.

Apple chips are just dehydrated apples. But lucky for us, you don't need a food dehydrator to make them. We use two methods. They're both fast. They're both simple. 

Relatively Fast Homemade Apple Chips Apple slices for apple chips

  1. Thinly slice apples.
  2. Core apples. We like to use mini-cookie cutters to make this a kid-friendly job.
  3. Place on a parchment paper lined baking tray. Careful not to overlap slices.
  4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  5. Bake at 200 for about 2 hours. 

More Fun Homemade Apple Chips

  1. Thinly slice apples.
  2. Core apples. In this case I usually core the apples to preserve as much fruit as possible. It makes it easier to string. 
  3. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
  4. String the apple slices. Start with a bead at the bottom. Then add an apple slice, puncturing through the fruit to hold it in place. Next add two more beads. Repeat until you have a full string. Wire, hemp thread with a thick needle or pipe cleaner all work well for this.
  5. Hang the string in a well ventilated location. Warmth and sunlight help the speed the process and decrease the chances of rot occuring before dehydration.

The kids love to string the apples, but waiting for a couple of weeks until they are ready isn't as much fun. So we usually do both methods at once and enjoy a tray of apple slices the same day as we make them.

Of course, they keep really well. So if you can wrestle the dehydrated fruit away from your kids, this another way to preserve seasonal food to enjoy during the winter months. 

Sugar, Water and other Uneccessary Steps

I've read from other accounts that some people add sugar to their apple chips. We've never done that, have used a cross section of apple varieties, and have only ever had delicious results.

Some folks also plunge their apple slices into very cold water to prevent browning. Unlike fresh apples, in our book lightly browned apple chips are as appealing as perfectly white apple chips.   The fuss just isn't worth it. 

What other fruits do you dehydrate at home?

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