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Apple Chips Recipe for Food Dehydrator

Updated on March 22, 2013

Apple Chips and Food Gift Baskets

Gifted the apple chips in decorated ziplock bags in Christmas Gift Baskets.
Gifted the apple chips in decorated ziplock bags in Christmas Gift Baskets. | Source
Items needed to create apple chips
Items needed to create apple chips | Source
Fresh apple chips soaking in lemon water
Fresh apple chips soaking in lemon water | Source
Seasoned apple chips layered on dehydrator trays.
Seasoned apple chips layered on dehydrator trays. | Source

Apple Chips for Snacks and Gifts

Apple chips are such an ideal healthy snack to keep around the house. Christmas 2012, I made a bunch of batches, placed them in Ziplock bags, decorated and placed them into food baskets as gifts. This was a favorite gift for everyone.

I created my own seasoning mix and made a personal, "How to Video" on making apple chips and included the recipe in the video.

This is a time consuming effort. Getting everything prepared and then allowing the apple slices to dry in the food dehydrator for 8 hours at a time on 140 degrees. Depending on the number of people you plan to gift these to, that is the number of days ahead of a holiday to start preparing the chips. Apple Chips last up to a full year when kept inside an airtight container. Start a month ahead when you are completing a large batch.

I ran a batch overnight and then the second batch during the day. Reduce the cycles of drying by adding more trays to your dehydrator. I was limited to 4 trays that would hold a half dozen apples at a time. Eight trays, a full dozen apples dry in the same amount of time as six apples.

Storing tips. I noticed over the longer duration of keeping apple chip, in Ziplock bags, they were not the desirable option to keep crisp. I suggest an air tight plastic container with a strong sealing lid. Short term or for the ones you know will eat them fast the bag is sufficient.

Gift the apple chips in a decorated Ziplock bag or in airtight plastic or glass container. Add it to a food basket. This gift is perfect for anyone that is difficult to gift, perfect for a house warming gift too. It will add a lovely pie scent to the home.

This recipe has a fresh, apple cider taste with the crispness of a potato chip. It is perfect to keep in the home as a healthy family snack and to take on short or long car trips. Get children used to eating these instead of unhealthy snacks. Let children help you make the apple chips. They can layer the apples on the trays and sprinkle the seasoning on them.

Apple Chips Recipe Guide

5 stars from 1 rating of Healthy Apple Chips

Choosing the Apples

I love Gala apples, for others it is Fiji. There is a new apple that browns slowly it is a perfect apple too, called Ambrosia. I have not tried sour, but feel free to test those out as well; when that is your preferred flavor.

Make sure the apples are fresh, unbruised and medium to large in size. Apples from a farm, organic or store bought all work great for this recipe. Buy just enough apples that you can dehydrate in three days. When purchasing a larger amount for a larger quantity of apple chips, keep in mind freshness. Just return to the store to buy the next batch, as you need them.

Reduce the speed of browning by placing the apples in citrus water. Try other citrus to change of the flavoring. Oranges or limes or combine them and try out a new "designer" batch of apple chips!

Cook Time

Prep time: 1 hour
Cook time: 8 hours
Ready in: 9 hours
Yields: Half dozen apples

Ingredients for Seasoning Apple Chips

  • 6 Apples (Gala, Fiji, Ambrosia), Fresh, cored, skin on or off
  • 1 lemon, Squeeze
  • 1 bowl water, add lemon to water
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar, for the seasoning mix
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon, for the seasoning mix
  • 1 Sprinkle Allspice, for the seasoning mix
  • 1 Sprinkle Nutmeg, for the seasoning mix
  • 1 Sprinkle Emeril's Original Essence, for the seasoning mix

How to Make Apple Chips

  1. Fill a bowl with cool water and add the fresh lemon juice to prevent browning.
  2. Wash apples and core. It is optional by choice to leave the skins on or remove them. I leave them on, it adds to the crispness and healthiness.
  3. Slice the apples 1/4 inch or fairly thin and immediately place them in the bowl of water. Once all are sliced, let them soak in the lemon water for 30 minutes. Or use a food processor to slice them.
  4. Mix the seasoning mix and place into an empty spice bottle.
  5. Layer the apple slices on a dehydrator tray. Sprinkle with the seasoning mix. Repeat till all trays are filled.
  6. Place the lid on top, plug the food dehydrator in and set the temperature to 140 degrees.
  7. Let the chips dehydrate for 7-8 hours. At the end of that time, unplug the dehydrator and let the chips cool for an hour. They will crisp up as they cool.
  8. Place in airtight container and store up to one year.

How to Make Apple Chips by Brenda Green

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      Brenda Kyle 4 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Hi Suzie HQ. Yes on lowest setting in the oven, around 200-225 degrees F. The oven isn't ideal for summer, but the dehydrator is a useful kitchen tool. I put mine in the basement during warm days, when I use it during the summer. You can make a lot of healthy snacks with fruit, vegetables, herbs, trail mix even cat and dog treats. I love it.

      Thanks for commenting.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi bridalletter,

      Love this idea and totally on board to try except I have no food dehydrator, is it possible to do any other way? Love to try them and they would no way last a week never mind months in my home!! Really enjoyed this, voted up, useful, interesting! Shared!

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you RTalloni. The seasoning seems to suit the sweet apples perfectly. I have not tried them on any sour ones. Good luck, let me know what you think when you get a batch done.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your recipe for seasoned dehydrated apples. I have dehydrated apple chips before, but not used a seasoning. Looking forward to doing so!

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      Ruby Jean Richert 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I don't own a food dehydrator but your apple chips recipe sounds like it would be a good investment to purchase one. Thank you for sharing. Voted up...

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      Brenda Kyle 5 years ago from Blue Springs, Missouri, USA

      Thank you jcevans2009. The next step is learning about those food dehydrators. The Town and Country one I purchased from Bass Pro, came highly recommended from a friend at work that has used one for over 10 years. I have owned mine for a year and it works great, with room to add more trays as I buy them.

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      Judith C Evans 5 years ago from Boise, ID

      Sounds like an ideal snack replacement...we forget that whole foods can be tasty snacks. Now that I've read this hub, I want to buy a food dehydrator! I'm sharing this, and have voted up and useful.