Snacks are a hard choice sometimes. It’s so easy to buy a bag of potato chips. I recently bought a case of apples through my Bountiful Baskets fruit and vegetable share and decided to give making my own apple chips a try. I tried 2 different ways today – one successful, one not so successful – but it was worth it to see how they tasted and how they came together.
The first batch I put in the oven. See the pic above. The instructions say to bake at 200 degrees for 30 minutes, flip and bake for 30 more minutes. They weren’t even CLOSE to done. They seemed to stew in their own juices on the parchment paper. I finally pulled them out after 2 hrs and let them cool, they’re good – but not crispy. This might work if you put the apples on racks so they dried all the way around.
The second method involved digging out my long neglected food dehydrator. A little trial and error and I think I’ve got it down.
First – don’t put sugar and cinnamon on your apples BEFORE they go in the dehydrator….what a hot mess that was. I’m still not convinced I got all of the goop out of the dehydrator.
Second – Be sure to slice your apples as thin as you can. I did mine about 1/8 of an inch, i think they should have been thinner, but that was as thin as I could get them without mutilating the slices.
Spiced Apple Chips – 2 Ways
- 5 small to medium Apples
- 1/2 Cup Granulated Sugar
- 1 1/2 Tbsp Cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. Nutmeg
- 1/4 tsp. Allspice
- 1/8 tsp. Salt
Use a mandolin or other type of slicer to slice your apples 1/8" thick
Place the apples on your dehydrator trays and turn your dehydrator on - let dehydrate for 10 hours until completely dry and crisp. Too long will turn them into powder - so watch carefully.
Once apples are done, put sugar and spices in a paper bag and add apples and toss to coat.
If the coating doesn't want to stick, you can spray the apples lightly with non stick cooking spray and then toss to coat.