I eat a lot of apples.
But sometimes I can’t eat all the ones I buy each week, and they start to go bad. Even when I’ve dropped down to only getting two apples on my weekly grocery trip, somehow they never make it into a meal or snack.
I used to watch them slowly deteriorate in the fruit bowl in my kitchen.
First they would start to get small brown spots. Then not so small brown spots. Given the passage of more time they found their way to the trash (or rather, the compost now that we live in Seattle).
Then one day as I was shopping in Pike Place Market, buying my usual bag of apple chips, I realized I could rescue my own overripe apples and turn them into delicious dried apple chips!
Instead of rushing out to purchase a food dehydrator I figured there must be another way to get the job done with the kitchen equipment I already had. Turns out an oven will do the trick just fine.
Making dried apple chips can be time consuming. It’s a lot of waiting around for the chips to be ready. However, the process of making dried apples is fairly simple.
- 2 apples
- parchment paper
- cutting board
- sharp knife
- two baking trays
- Preheat the oven to 200 degrees.
- Peel the stickers off your apples, wash and dry them.
- Using a sharp knife slice the apples into 1/8th of an inch thick.
- Cover the baking trays with parchment paper. Place the slices of apple on top of the parchment paper.
- Bake for one hour.
- Flip the apple slices over and continue baking for 1 hour or longer (the longer you bake them the crispier they will be).
- Remove the apple chips from the oven and allow to cool for 10 minutes.
Inspired to make your own batch of dried apples? Got questions? Hit me up on my contact form.