Each summer I can applesauce, apple butter, and apple jelly. This year I decided to give drying apples a try.
The easiest way by far is too use a food dehydrator-but I wanted to use the old simple way of drying the apples in the sun.
I lined my pans with parchment paper and covered my slices with cheese cloth-to keep the bugs off. It took several days (I took them in at night) to dry the apples. I do live on the north side of the mountain-so a sunnier location might be faster.
When the apples are dry-they will feel rubbery but not brittle. Mine turned brown-I'm sure there are methods to prevent browning-but since it doesn't change the taste, I don't mind the brown.
Dried apples can be used to make applesauce, pies, cakes or just eaten.
In the old days, folks sometimes preserved apples by using a bleaching method or by smoking the slices. A few additional tips for drying apples today:
* You can dry apples inside a car on a hot day-this also helps with the bugs
* Apples can be dried in your oven-it can take up to 11 hours-set your oven to the lowest temperature and
check them often
* Turning the slices aids in the drying
* Store dried apples in a cool dark place
Since I'm a true novice at apple drying-I hope you'll leave me a comment if you have additional tips.
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