Dehydrating Apples

When we planted our apple tree almost 15 years ago, we thought it was a shoot off a flowering crabapple tree. I wanted it because it would be pretty in the spring. This year is was gorgeous! It was loaded with blossoms! And now it is loaded with apples! We don’t know what kind they are, but they are definitely NOT crabapples! They are a small apple, and the kids tried them and said they taste okay. Since I don’t like things to go to waste, I decided to drying some. They are still in the dehydrator, so I will post again tomorrow with the results.

Here is what I did:

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1. I selected apples without spots & blemishes. Since there are so many on the tree, I could afford to be picky.

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2. I sliced the apples. Since they are so small and had not been sprayed, I didn’t want to peel them. Also, I did not core them. I got this tip from a friend. I just popped our the seeds (hence the paper clip.) Besides, my kids think the “star” in the middle of the apple is cool! I did soak them briefly in water with lemon juice hoping this could keep them from turning so brown.

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3. Then is was just a matter of filling the dehydrator tray. Simple!

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4. I decided to sprinkle them with a little pumpkin pie spice.

As I said earlier, they are in the dehydrator now. It sure is starting to smell good in here! I will post the results tomorrow. We cannot wait to try them! Hopefully this will make a great snack for the me and the kids!

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