Make Your Own Dried Apples, Without a Dehydrator
Apples are an easy snack. They pack well into lunch boxes, there’s little to no prepping involved, and they’re very nutritious. With its soluble fiber, an apple is a great snack choice when you need and want to stay filled in between meals. If you’re looking for a new way to enjoy this classic snack, you may want to try your hand at making apple chips. They’re easy to make, you don’t need a dehydrator, and you can make them chewy or crispy.
½ cup lemon juice
4 cups water
2 large apples
Line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Position oven rack in the upper and lower third of oven. Preheat oven to 200 degrees F. In a large bowl, mix lemon juice and water together. Peel apples and then slice, crosswise, into 1/8-inch-thick slices. Place apple slices into the lemon water and let soak for 30 minutes. Drain. Pat the apple slices dry with paper towels. Place apple slices on prepared baking sheets in a single layer. Bake apple slices for 1 hour. Remove. Flip apple slices over and return to the oven. For softer dried apples, bake for only 1 hour more. For crispy dried apples, bake for 2 hours more. Because ovens vary, you should check the apple slices every so often to check for desired consistency. When apple slices reach the consistency you want, crack open the oven door and turn off the oven. Leave the apples in the oven until the oven has completely cooled, about another 1 to 2 hours. These apple slices will keep for up to 1 month when stored in an airtight container.