Make it Yourself: Apple Snacks
We recently picked up more Ohio apples from a farm stand in north east Ohio while visiting my uncle. (Our nearby local fave, Charlie's, is sold out until next fall.) We put some in the fridge for storage. Charlie taught me last year how to keep apples fresh for months: 1) Wash apples. 2) Place wet apples in a plastic bag (like a grocery sack). 3) Gently close sack but don't let all the air out. 4) Place in refrigerator. 5) Every month or so, re-wet apples. I was able to keep Charlie's apples from October - February this way until we ate them all up!
Our produce drawer isn't big enough to contain all the apples we bought, so Lil and I set to work making dried apples.
I used two Christmas gifts to help out: an apple corer and mandolin. I peeled the apples, cored, and sliced with the mandolin. Lil is in a 'peeled' apple phase, although I left some with skin on for me.
Lil took the apple slices and arranged them on the dehydrator.
We 'cooked' them for about 5 hours at 145 degree F and viola: apple snacks!
Alas, we took tons of these on our trip to Florida and they are almost gone already!