How To Dry Apple Slices


Dried apples are one of those ingredients that are useful to have on the pantry shelf. Not only can you use them in recipes, they also are wonderful eaten as is and kids love them. Buying dried apples at the store can be expensive, especially considering how simple they are to make from fresh apples. Once dried, the apple slices will keep for up to a year on a cool dry pantry shelf or in the kitchen cupboard.

Step 1

Wash, peel and core the apples. Slice into 1/8-inch slices.

Step 2

Fill a small bowl with lemon juice. This can be bottled or fresh squeezed.

Step 3

Place the apple slices in the lemon juice and them soak for 10 minutes. Let excess juice drain back into the bowl when you remove the slices.

Step 4

Lay the sliced apples in single layers on dehydrator trays.

Step 5

Assemble the trays in the dehydrator, close the lid and turn on the machine.

Step 6

Dry the apples until the surface feels leathery, yet the apples are still pliable. This can take 6 to 24 hours depending on your machine.

Things You'll Need

  • Sharp knife
  • Lemon juice
  • Small bowl
  • Dehydrator


  • Colorado State University Extension: Drying Fruits
  • University of Illinois Extension: Drying Food
  • University of California-Davis: Apples - Safe Methods to Store, Preserve and Enjoy (PDF)
Keywords: dry apples, dehydrate apples, dry apple slices

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