Long before the invention of home food dehydrators, thrifty homemakers harvested wild fruits and berries in the fall and dried them in the sun. These women knew the value of fruits for providing much-needed vitamins during the cold winter months. You may not need to dry your fruits and berries in the sun, but following their example for storing dried apples safely for winter use is sure to supply your family with a nutritious snack long after the harvest is gone.
Remove dried apple slices from the dehydrator or oven and allow to cool. P. Kendall and J. Sofos of the Colorado State University Extension recommend conditioning dried fruit before storage. Fill glass jars half to two-thirds full with dried apple slices. Cover loosely and place in a warm, dry well-ventilated area for 10 days to allow any excess moisture to evaporate.
Place the dried apple slices in an airtight container, such as a glass jar or zippered food storage bag. Label the container with the date.
Store in a cool, dry, dark area for up to 12 months. Dried fruit can also be stored in the refrigerator or freezer until used.