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.
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.