Welcome to To Do Tuesday where I tell you about something I have recently crossed off my “To Do” List.
To Do: Dried Apples
I recently got a new food dehydrator, and I really like it! The first thing I dried in it was some rosemary from the garden. Rosemary is super expensive so drying some will save me a fair bit of money this winter. However, after seeing how long it takes to dry and how much it shrinks, I have a new appreciation for how much work goes into the tiny expensive bottles of rosemary. After my success with Rosemary, Dried Apples was the next thing to go on my To Do List. I’ve tried it before both in the oven and on a borrowed dehydrator. For me the dehydrator worked faster and better.
This is the dehydrator I got and so far I think I made the right choice. Making the dried apples is super simple. Some people have special types of apples they like for different things. I usually just use whatever I have or can get which was Gala and Yellow Delicious this time. All you need to do is cut slices. I don’t have an apple peeler/slicer so I just do mine by hand. The slices aren’t always the most even or uniform, but the kids eat them so fast they don’t have time to look at them anyway.
After the trays are all full of apple slices, I turn on my dehydrator around 135 – 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Then just wait for them to dry. For me it seems to take about 4 or 5 hours. Then I bag the apples for eating later. I like to store them in the freezer to keep them just a little while longer than the average shelf life.
This year I made about 8 quarts of dried apples, and I’m confident they will disappear faster than the time it took to make them. However, I don’t have any more time I can spend on dried apples this year. So this To Do Item is crossed off my list till next year.
Do you have a dehydrator or do you use another drying method? what is your favorite thing to dry?