Many people love dried apple chips or apple slices. The only problem is the cost. Apple chips purchased in a store can be extremely expensive. There is a simple solution--make your own. This is especially simple if you have a food dehydrator designed for drying foods such as apples. Besides saving money, drying your own apple chips in a dehydrator means that you know your apple chips come from the best apples and are free of added ingredients, such as sulfur or other preservatives. You can also sprinkle your chips with sugar, cinnamon or apple pie spices before drying for an extra zing to your snack.
Purchase or pick several apples of a variety you like. Wash them well and pat dry with paper towels. Remove any stickers the store may have put on them.
Peel your apples if you choose. Peeling is not necessary. The peel can add extra fiber to your dried apple chips.
Core your apples.
Slice your apples into thin pieces approximately 1/4 of an inch thick. Slices can be slightly thinner if you wish, but try to keep the thickness uniform, so the slices will dry at the same rate.
Dip your apple slices in lemon juice or in a liquid ascorbic acid (vitamin C) to keep them from turning brown. Place them on a plate and dust them with sugar, cinnamon or apple pie spices if desired. This is optional.
Arrange the slices on the racks of your dehydrator. Do not overlap slices and try not to have slices touching each other. Place the racks in the dehydrator according to the manufacturer's directions.
Set the dehydrator's thermostat for 140 degrees Fahrenheit if it comes with a thermostat and then enjoy the fresh smell that fills your home. Your apple chips will take anywhere from 12 to 24 hours to dry.
Check your slices periodically to determine precisely when they are done. The amount of time necessary to dry your chips depends in part on the water content of the apples to begin with and on the thickness of your slices. It also can depend on your preference--do you like your slices slightly leathery or do you prefer them more crunchy? Most people consider their chips ready when they bend and feel leathery but there is no standing moisture on them.
Store your apple chips in a freezer bag with as much air pressed out as possible. Seal and keep in the refrigerator. Your chips should stay good for approximately two weeks. Eat them as snacks all day long.