A healthy diet should include 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 cups of fruit a day, according to the FruitsandVeggiesMatter.gov website. Sometimes it's not easy to consume that much fruit. Apple chips are one way to add extra fruit to your diet quickly and easily. Add a few nuts and you have a balanced snack that's good for you and tastes good, too.
Make up a batch and store in serving-size plastic ziplock bags, and they'll be ready to grab and go.
Add 1 tbsp. of lemon juice to 1/2 cup of water.
Wash the apples thoroughly. Use organic apples if possible since non-organic are one of the most heavily pesticide-contaminated fruits, according to FoodNews.org. Peel the apples if you wish, but it's not necessary. The peel will dry and be just a bit chewier than the flesh of the apple. The red peel adds some color to the chips.
Cut the apples into quarters and remove the seeds and cores.
Cut the apples into 1/4-inch slices and immediately put them in the lemon juice water bath. The lemon juice keeps the apples from turning brown and helps the peel stay a brighter red. Remove and put on a plate.
Wash the trays of the dehydrator by soaking in soapy water for 20 minutes to remove any previous food particles. Rinse well and pat dry. Turn on the dehydrator.
Place the apple slices on the dehydrator trays so they are not touching. After the first 12 hours move the bottom tray to the top, and put the top tray on the bottom. After another 12 hours check the middle trays to see if they're drying at the same rate as the other trays. If not, move one of the middle trays to the bottom.
Check the apples after 24 hours. If you plan on using the chips in baking, such as in apple pie, remove them when they are leathery. If the chips are for snacking continue drying until they are crisp. That might take another 24 to 36 hours depending on your dehydrator and how humid the weather is.