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Apple Chips Recipe for Food Dehydrator
Apple Chips and Food Gift Baskets
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
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!
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
- Fill a bowl with cool water and add the fresh lemon juice to prevent browning.
- 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.
- 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.
- Mix the seasoning mix and place into an empty spice bottle.
- Layer the apple slices on a dehydrator tray. Sprinkle with the seasoning mix. Repeat till all trays are filled.
- Place the lid on top, plug the food dehydrator in and set the temperature to 140 degrees.
- 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.
- Place in airtight container and store up to one year.