Apple Chips

We were recently gifted with a ton of apples.  No, not really a TON, but lots of apples!  Now, we love apples, but after a week or so, we realized that they wouldn't all be eaten fresh before they went bad.  I decided to try drying them.

Now, in a perfect world, I would have a dehydrator.  Or an oven that went below 170*.  And maybe one of these:
Alas, I have none.  I wasn't about to let that stop me, no siree!  I started with 9 apples and went to town.
Coring them...
Peeling them...
Yes, I know I could leave the peels on.  I don't care for the taste of the peels on the dried apples.  Don't worry, I saved them for something, you'll see!
 Finally, I chopped them into pieces that were small enough to fit into the food processor and then sliced them thin with the machine.
Onto the baking sheets they went.  It took 4 huge sheets to fit them all!
I set the oven to the lowest temperature I have (170*) and went to town.  Whenever I had to leave, I just shut the oven.  I took them out whenever I had to cook something else.  I taste tested throughout the process.  Once they were crunchy and dry, I decided they were done.  
I stuck them in a jar, and have been snacking on them.  They went into yogurt, onto peanut butter sandwiches, and straight into my mouth.

This post was featured on Midnight Maniac's Meatless Mondays, Healthy Kids Meals at Creating Nirvana, and Tuesday Twister at GNOWFGLINS!

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  1. What a great idea! a perfect little snack!

  2. I should make these...I buy them by the bagful - they are terrific!

  3. Hi Jax! I really love apple chips! I should make them. I have an excalibur dehydrator just sitting in the basement! Wanted to stop by and tell you that I am giving you a Stylish Blogger award because you so wicked rock! Stop by A Moderate LIfe tomorrow to receive it! Hugs! alex

  4. @a moderate lifeYou are really too sweet, you know that?! I have to say, I am jealous of your dehydrator! Someday over the rainbow I would love to get myself one, but for now, I'm making do.

  5. Apple chips sound like a delicious snack!


  6. @Jackie @ Crest Cottage Creations

    If you're okay with second-hand, keep an eye out at garage sales and thrift stores--dehydrators turn up at both from time to time.

    I kind of want one of those apple peelers, but I think it's more for aesthetics than functionality. We do get a lot of apples in season, though . . .

  7. @Whitney @ Nesting SeasonOh my goodness! I can't believe I didn't think about the second hand stores for the dehydrator before this! I am always stopping by our Salvation army and looking for a coffee maker. I should check for a dehydrator, too. Genious!

  8. I kind of feel bad for having a dehydrator and apple peeler/corer/slicer, but them again I have four little running around so I don't really have time to do it by hand. Since we got a dehydrator my oldest is in charge of dehydrating fruit. These make a wonderful snack!

  9. Yum! What a perfect snack! Thank you for posting this on healthy kids meals. Please consider adding a new button to your post.