One of the easiest snacks to make, apple chips are quickly becoming a popular snack in grocery stores, health food stores and coffee shops. Yet a two ounce snack bag of dried apples can can cost nearly five dollars.
Making your own apple chips at home is much cheaper and healthier because you actually know that they contain only wholesome ingredients in your own kitchen….no preservatives or other mysterious ingredients at all….not to mention that the whole house ends up smelling like you have an apple pie baking, the entire time they are dehydrating.
Begin by selecting three or four crisp, ripe organic apples, whatever type you like.
Each apple variety has its own unique flavor when dehydrated. Good choices include Spartan, Granny Smith, and McIntosh.
Any apple that is low on flavor will not make a good dried apple slice either. Any apple with a good flavor but low sugar content will probably make a better apple to cook with, not to dehydrate.
Peeling the apples before dehydrating them is a personal preference. Some people leave the peels on, but other people claim that the peel gets too tough once dried.
Slice the with a mandoline slicer. It is important that the slices are all the same thickness…somewhere around 1/8″ thick. If your apple slices are different sizes, they will require different amounts of time to dry. Thinner slices take less time to dehydrate.
Apples naturally oxidize and turn brown over time. Soaking, spraying, or drizzling the apple slices with a mixture of one quart of water and 1/4C lemon or lime juice will prevent the fruit from turning brown. Dry any excess moisture from the apple rings with paper towels.
Arrange the apple slices in a single layer in your dehydrator…or on a parchment paper lined metal baking pan, if baking them in the oven. Space about ½” apart.
Sprinkle the tops of the apple slices with 1Tbsp cinnamon, apple pie spice mix, or sugar, if desired.
Dehydrate the apple slices at 135º for six to eight hours, depending on just how dried and as crisp you want them to be.
If you are making your apple chips in the oven…:Preheat the oven to 200ºF. Bake the apples slices for 1 hour. Flip them. Bake two more hours.
Store apple chips in an airtight container to maintain crispness.