Homemade apple chips are hands down the food I most often make in my dehydrator. Not only are they easy to make at home, but often healthier too! Store-bought apple chips often have added sugar to make them sweeter or preservatives to give them a longer shelf life. And they certainly aren’t cheap!
In the past, I’ve always cored and sliced my apples as wedges before putting them in the dehydrator, but this time I wanted to make round chips. Of course, I decided I wanted to make them round after I already had the apples washed and ready to go, but I don’t own a apple corer. I made a quick run to the store and couldn’t find an apple corer anywhere! Every apple corer I found also made the apple into wedge slices as the same time. So I took to slicing (stabbing) out the middles by hand instead. After I’d horribly mutilated all my apple’s innards, I used my KitchenAid mandoline slicer at about 1/16th of an inch to make my round slices. I put the finished slices into a bowl of cold water mixed with the juice of one lemon to keep them from browning. I sliced up about 4 pounds of apples, but how many you are able to do depends on the size of your dehydrator.
I set the thermostat on my Excalibur dehydrator to 135 degrees and the timer for 12 hours. The amount of time completely depends on how you and your family like your apple chips. We like ours well dehydrated, but just a little chewy. If you like them crispy, let them dehydrate for longer. Many people also like to spice them with cinnamon, cloves, and other spices.
I love the way dehydrating apples scent our home the whole time! And when they’re finished, we tend to go through them very quickly, despite my always trying to make a large batch. They’re great for lunch boxes, after school snacks, and car munchies! They would probably make a great gift too, but we’re bad at sharing…