Creative Sustenance

Culinary and other adventures in foraging, gardening, urban farming and more, in Wisconsin and the Midwest.

Dried Apples

We had an abundance of apples this autumn and decided to give an old food dehydrator that my Dad had a whirl. It's quite simple, easy and relatively quick work to dry a bushel of apples in one of these gizmos. You can also, of course, get the same results by using your oven. Just slice the apples to around a 1/4" thickness, spread them out on a wire rack and let dry over the course of 12 or so hours in a warm oven heated to 145º or so. Give the rack a turn once or twice during the drying process.

The apples have a concentrated sweetness & tartness, are chewy (kind of like gummy bears) and store for a good long time. We bagged them up and popped them in the freezer. Great for a road trip or a little snack.

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