An easy tutorial on how to dehydrate apples, plus a way to add flavor and make dehydrated caramel apple chips – an excellent alternative to holiday candy!
Prep Time:10-20 minutes
Cook Time:8-12 hours
Total Time:56 minute
Yield:6 Servings 1x
4–5 small apples, or 3–4 large, washed
2 cups water
2 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp cinnamon
Combine water, lemon juice and cinnamon in a large bowl; stir to mix.
Cut each apple in half then slice each end off the apple (the stem and butt). Slice the remaining apple into approximately 3/8″ thick slices, making the slices as even as you can. Use a mandolin if you have one. (Do not slice too thin or the apple will stick to the dehydrator.)
Repeat for the remaining apples. Place cut apples into the lemon water, stirring so each apple is coated with the water. Let soak for 8-12 minutes, stirring occasionally (this step is optional).
After soaking, place apples in a single layer on dehydrator trays. Set the temperature for 145 degrees and allow to run for 8-12 hours, testing at the 8 hour mark for doneness. Apples should be hard and crunchy without any moisture. Dehydrate apples longer if they are too chewy.
Store in a sealed container.
To Dehydrate Apples in the Oven:
1. Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
2. Slice apples with a sharp knife or mandoline slicer. (Soak in lemon water if desired. Use 1 Tbsp lemon juice to 1 cup water.)
3. Lay apples on parchment paper or a Silpat mat (like this one) on a baking sheet.
4. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
5. Bake for 1 hour to 1 ½ hours. Checking apples halfway and flipping. Continue baking until apples are dried and crispy.