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How to Dehydrate Apples at Home

Date Posted: March 16, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Dehydrate Apples at Home
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The other day my older son was talking about raisins. Something to do with what he is learning in school. In any event, I told him that raisins are dehydrated grapes. He did not understand what that meant. Even though he has seen me dehydrate a lot of herbs, he didn’t quite grasp the concept of how you turn a grape into a raisin. So, I thought it would be easier if I just showed him the dehydration process. I didn’t have any grapes on hand, but I did have some apples, and that worked well for this lesson in dehydrating fruit.

Tools You Will Need to Dehydrate Apples

This wasn’t just a, “I’ll show you how it’s done” lesson. This was a complete hands on instructional for my son. So we grabbed the items that we needed and started off on our adventure of dehydrating some apples.

List of Apple Dehydration Tools

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Getting Started to Dehydrate Apples

The basic process of dehydrating our apples was to peel the apples, then core them, then slice them and finally put them in our dehydrator for a few hours to complete.

Peeling and Coring Your Apples

Some people have told me in the past that they like leaving the skin of the apple on. Who can argue? There have been a number of studies done showing the health benefits of consuming the apple peel. With that said, I personally don’t like them which is why I removed them from the dehydration process.

Using our Pictek Apple Slicer, Stainless Steel Apple Peeler Corer, I had my son peel and core the apple. It’s a great little device that will do both in one application. In the video I removed the coring part because it got in the way of filming. This handy device is inexpensive but saves a tremendous amount of time when removing the skin from the apples. You’ll thank me later if you get one.

Slicing Your Apples

There are a number of ways you can cut up your apples. Cubes, slices, and fancy designs are all fine choices. I went with thin apple slices. They are the perfect snacking size, thin enough for faster dehydration times, and if I needed smaller dehydrated apple pieces later, I can simply cut the apples down to size.

For this step, I use my advance tool, the basic kitchen knife. Any knife will do, just make sure the blade is sharp, and be careful using your knife. I handled this step, while my son worked the apple peeler machine.

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Placing Your Apples in the Dehydrator

The last step, not including consuming the dehydrated apples, is to put your apple slices on the dehydrator trays. We used the Nesco FD-37A American Harvest Food Dehydrator, 400-watt, which was perfect for this small application. It’s a bit noisier than most models, but the 5 round trays give you plenty of space to work with.

Simply place your apple slices on the trays, cover your dehydrator, plug it in and turn it on. The total dehydration time for 5 trays worth of apple slices was a little less than 6 hours.

I explained to my son that what is happening here, is all the moisture in the apples is being removed. So you will begin to see the apple slices start shriveling up and turning a bit brown. I explained, had we put grapes in our dehydrator, they would have shriveled up as their moisture disappeared, thus producing a raisin.

He thought that was fascinating. Now he wants to dehydrate everything.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.


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