Home-Dried Apple Snacks April 19, 2016 09:12
I love to snack. Always have and that likely isn’t going to change any time soon. I blame my unstable blood sugar for my random food cravings and usually pack lots of little bits that I can snack on throughout the day to prevent me from becoming hangry. Which -take my word for it- isn’t pretty.
So I am always looking for healthy and affordable snacks that are locally available. One of my favorite snacks are dried apples. They not only remind me of my grandma but are easy to make and yummy. For this recipe you’ll need only two ingredients and some standard kitchen tools:
- Lemon juice
First wash your apples and take out the cores. You can either do that manually or if you want to save lots of time use an apple corer like this one. This not only takes less time but your dried apples will come out in nice rings and you reduce the portion that gets thrown into the compost. I would not peel the apples since their skin contains lots of vitamins.
Next cut your apples into rings. The thickness of your individual apples will not only affect the taste and consistency but also the duration of drying and their shelf life.
After cutting the apples place them in a bowl of lemon juice. This prevents them from becoming brown and adds a little extra Vitamin C to the snack.
After soaking them for a minute or two, let them dry off on a towel or whatever you have on hand. I used the same cloth I use to make Labneh cheese or cover my bread dough while the yeast does its work.
Now place them on a rack and turn your oven to a low temperature. Something like 150 fahrenheit would be good but as you can see, my stove only goes as low as 170. I would recommend placing a wooden spoon in the oven door to keep it a tiny bit open allowing the moist air to get out of there. This will not only speed up the drying process but also prevent the liquids that evaporate from settling onto your stove surfaces. That stuff is very sticky and hard to get off. Believe me I’ve been there.
The drying duration depends on the type of apple you used, the thickness of your rings and the stove temperature. It will likely take 3-4 hours and if your want to be able to store them for a longer time (preferably in a fabric bag), just go ahead and extend the time in the oven. Alternatively, you could use a dehydrator. These get you more consistent results and you can buy or rent one at our store.
That’s it. These are now ready to be snacked away...