Apple chips are a great delight and they are simply dehydrated apples, a process you can do in your own home each fall and enjoy apple chips all year round. We use our Apple Peeler Corer Slicer to turn out as many apple slices as our dehydrator will hold.
If you do not have a system for making your own apple chips, there are a number of options for buying apple chips. You can find them locally at a gourmet grocery store or you can shop from a number of vendors online.
When buying apple chips online, we like this option because you get a little more “crunch” in your apple chip than you are able to get in a home dehydrator. (They are organic and well-priced to boot.)
When dehydrating your apples, keep these steps in mind:
If you are an apple lover, you probably have your favorite varieties of apple already. Try drying a few of those as a tester. Most apples that have great flavor and plenty of sugar will make a good dehydrated apple choice. Give your dried apple slices 24 hours before you make a final decision. For some reason, the flavor of a dried apple is more developed several hours out of the dehydrator than when just finished in the dehydrator.
Keep in mind that if you find any apple to be low on flavor, it will not make a good dried apple slice. In addition, if the flavor is good but the sugar is low, pass it by. Such an apples will probably make a great cooking apple, not a dehydrated one.
Apple growers, who sell by the roadside and offer several selections, can give you great apple information. Ask which of their offerings will dry well. Apples vary so much by location that even the same variety in one part of the state may dry well but not be a good candidate in another part of the state. A good tactic is to quiz local homemakers who dry apples and have probably descended from local homemakers who did the same thing. If such people are not handy, contact your county Extension Agent. They usually have this sort of wisdom available.
We have used two apples that bring in dynamite results: Gala and Empire. Both varieties yield intense flavor. The Gala slices are so sweet that they taste as if they have had sugar added to them. The Empire slices are sweet-tart which is reasonable given that the empire apple is a combination of the sweet Delicious and the tart Macintosh.
Get started with dehydrating apples and you could really get hooked. Each apple variety has its own unique flavor when dehydrated so the hunt for yet one more hard-to-find apple variety is forever on. At some point you must ask yourself what you are going to do with the mountain of dried apple slices you have created. No problem! You obviously love apples and apple flavors. No doubt, you will find and invent ways to use your stash. Here are some starter suggestions:
Dehydrating apples into apple chips is simple. Here is the process.
Peel and slice your apples taking care to slice each piece somewhat uniformly.
Place them on a flat surface, nearly touching.
To dry them, the easiest option is to put them in a food dehydrator, but you can sun dry them if you can protect them from birds and other pests.
Your apples may dry in as little as 24 hours if you have a thin slice and are using a dehydrator. It may take a day or two longer in your own environment.
The apples are dehydrated when they are leathery but not damp.
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