Garden Bounty, Harvest

Dehydrating Apples

Dehydrated Apples

I am loving the first feelings of fall.  Grandma passed on some apples – the sour Granny Smith ones, so I thought I would try my new dehydrator and make some apple chips.  Easy and yummy and about the only way I will eat a Granny Smith apple.

I just got a new Nesco American Harvest Dehydrator this year and hadn’t had a chance to test it out yet. It is a square shape instead of the more common circle, which I think helps organize the food on the trays.

Nesco – American Harvest Dehydrator

So I got out my handy dandy apple peeler, slicer and corer.  What an awesome tool.  If you don’t have one, you should get one.  I think everyone should have one.  Even my son loves it, because it looks like agun and it is really fun to use.  (It makes the process even faster when the minions help out enthusiastically.)

 

Muscles holding the Apple Peeler, Corer and Slicer

Here is a closer image of this amazing and wonderful machine.

Apple Peeler, Corer, and Slicer

Mine is a Pampered Chef model.  I don’t sell Pampered Chef, but you should find someone who does, because I love this tool.  It basically attaches to your kitchen counter and you just stick the apple on and turn the handle.  Out comes a perfectly peeled and sliced apple.  Just the right thickness for pies or drying.  It comes out in one big apple spiral, you make one cut, and it is separated into perfect rings.  If you like apple pies or apple chips, or have children, or hate peeling, or for any other reason you choose, get one of these!

Anyway, a quick dip in a solution of water and Fruit Fresh to preserve color and onto the dehydrator trays.  About seven hours later, you have perfect, healthy apple chips.  Happy snacking!

 

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