When you want a tasty and nutritious treat, packed with flavor and sweetness, dehydrated apples can provide a satisfying snack. Whether you grow your own apples or you select apple varieties from the produce section, choose apples with zing and sharp taste for dehydrating and they will retain flavor after drying. With minimal preparation, you can create a bounty of dehydrated apples to store for quick, tender and chewy snacks.
Place the apples into the colander and wash them thoroughly with cool water.
Set the apples onto the cutting board and cut each apple into quarters. Core the apples with the paring knife and discard the cores. Skin the apple quarters with the paring knife, if you desire, but this is not mandatory.
Slice the apple quarters into 1/8-inch-thick slices and place the slices in a single layer onto the trays of the food dehydrator. Do not allow the apple slices to touch each other on the trays.
Set the food dehydrator to 140 degrees and turn it on. Leave the apples dehydrating in the food dehydrator for 12 hours and then check them.
Open the dehydrator and check the apples. If they are dry on the surface and flexible when you bend them, the dehydrating process is finished. The apples will appear slightly shrunken. If the apples are not dry and flexible, continue drying them for up to 12 more hours until they finish.
Turn off the dehydrator and spread the trays on the counter to cool the apples. When the apples are completely cool, store them in plastic food-storage bags. Remove as much air as possible and seal the bags. Store the bagged apples at room temperature for up to nine months or in the freezer indefinitely.