Food drying is one of the oldest methods of preserving food for later use. It can either be an alternative to canning or freezing, or compliment these methods. Drying foods is simple, safe and easy to learn.
Dried Apples can be used in a variety of ways – enjoyed like chips, use them in a recipe, or even make decorations with them. Today we continue Apple Week with How to Dry Apples plus 6 Uses for Dried Apples.
Drying apples can be done several different ways, if you have a dehydrator you can easily dry the apples in it. But in case you don’t, you can learn how to easily dry them in the oven.
The key to beautifully dried apples is to cut them very, very thin. A mandolin slicer would have been perfect, and I think before we do these again, we will definitely purchase one.
You can peel the apples or leave the skin on like we did. Then line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and preheat oven to 200 degrees.
Place the apple slices on the lined cookie sheet in a single layer and sprinkle them with Apple Pie Spice, rub the spices into the apples to coat evenly.
Then into the oven for about an hour, flipping the apples after 30 minutes. Turn the oven off and leave the apples in for another hour or so until they are as crisp as you like them.
After you have your dried apples made, you may want some recipes or crafts to use them. I’ve pulled together 6 Uses for Dried Apples for you…
- Dried Apple Bird Feeder @HoosierHomemade
- No Bake Apple Breakfast Bars @Betty Crocker
- Dried Apple Wreath @L.Michelle
- Caramel Apple Chocolate Bark @Dixie Crystals via The Novice Chef
- Dried Apple Sourdough Bread @Angie’s Recipes
- Dried Apple Stack Cake @Crisco
- ¼ cup cinnamon
- 2 teaspoons nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 1 teaspoon ground ginger
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees and line cookie sheets with parchment paper
- Slice apples very thin - the thinner the apple the crisper the chips
- Place on cookie sheet in single layer
- Mix spices and sprinkle on apple slices, rub in to evenly coat
- Bake for 1 hour, flipping apples after 30 minutes
- Turn oven off and leave in for about 1 more hour or until apples are crisp to your liking