Homemade Apple Chips
These homemade apple chips are incredibly easy to make and are a delicious and healthy snack.
After driving to south Burgenland with my dad and harvesting around 4 kilos of apples at an orchard, I was left with the question of what to do with all that beautiful fruit. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t that I didn’t have any ideas, it was rather that I had too many…
Ideas for preserving apples
Aside from dehydrating apples, that are various ways to preserve your apple harvest and make the most of it. Here are a few of my favorite:
- Apple chutney
- Apple sauce or apple butter
- Apple pear jam
- Apple relish
- Poached apple slices
- Apple or apple scrap vinegar
- Fermenting: e.g. Sauerkraut with apples
- Apple cider
- Freezing apple slices
Dehydrating apples in the oven
While the most efficient way to dry apple slices is in a dehydrator, I wanted to give instructions for a method in the oven for those do not own one. When dehydrating apples in the oven, you need to make sure to let out the steam, so that your apple slices can fully dry. This is done by leaving your oven door open a crack (put a wooden spoon in-between). If your oven automatically turns itself off when you open the door (like mine), you can also periodically open the door to release the steam and wipe away any condensation on the oven door.
Aside from cinnamon you can also use other spices of your liking. Nutmeg, cloves, chai spice mix or pumpkin spice are also great options.
I don’t find it necessary to add any sugar, as the apples are sweet enough.
How to enjoy your homemade apple chips
Aside from snacking on your apple chips, you can also use them in a DIY trail mix or add them to your tea for some extra flavor. Dunking them into some melted chocolate and letting that harden also makes a delicious sweet treat. If you want to dunk them, I suggest quartering the apples and cutting them into slices as opposed to circles.Print
- 700g (1.5 lbs)* sweet apples such as Pinova, Gala or Pink Lady
- cinnamon or other spices of choice (see text above for ideas)
- Preheat the oven to 65 C fan (150 F). Wash your apples and thoroughly dry them. If you prefer, remove the peels (I leave them on).
- Cut the apples into 0.3 cm (1/8 inch) thick pieces, remove the core (I use a piping tip or small round cookie cutter for this) and align them on three (or more if available) baking sheets lined with parchment paper. Make sure not to overlap them. Sprinkle with cinnamon or spices of choice.
- Dry them for about 4 hours, or until they feel leathery and dry. Leave the oven door open a crack to release steam as they dry.
- Let them cool completely and then fill into an airtight jar.
*If you have more than 3 baking sheets available, feel free to increase the amount.
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