Ok, first of all, this whole move to Texas and starting a new job has really cramped my blogging style. Who would have thought that a huge life change would hinder things like recipe development and food photography? It bums me out that I’m a bit behind on posting like I used to, but now that we are *starting* to settle in, I’m starting to get my brain back in foodie mode.
Here’s a post for you all that I’ve kept stockpiled from a few months ago. Actually, now that I’m looking at the photos again and reading the post…I’m going to go make some right now. So, bye.
This is a legitimate question, and if anyone knows the answer, I’d love to know: why are dried and dehydrated fruits SO expensive?! Have you ever noticed? One itty-bitty package of dehydrated apples at the grocery store is upwards of $6 or $7. And it’s so hard to find dried fruit that doesn’t have a ton of added sugar in it. Lucky for me, I have access to fresh fruit and an oven…so….I can make it myself! And let me tell you, it is e-a-s-y. This recipe isn’t for dehydrated apples or even dried apples necessarily, but for crunchy, sweet apple chips. They are such a satisfying substitute for a crunchy snackfood craving, and they maintain their sweet apple-y taste.
- 1-2 apples (I used Granny Smith and Jonagold)
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Preheat oven to 265.
- With a very sharp knife (or a mandoline), slice apples as thin as you can. (If they are paper thin, they will brown pretty quickly in the oven. Too thick and they will take very long to dry out, or remain soft rather than crisp).
- Place apple slices on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. If you want, sprinkle with cinnamon. Bake in oven for at least 45 minutes. Depending on thickness of slices, baking may take longer for apples to dry out completely, closer to 1 - 1½ hours.