Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Great Snack! Dried Apples

Looking for a new snack to add to your weekly menu? Try Dried Apple slices! I LOVE this simple snack and so do the kids.

All you need is some fresh apples...

...a sharp knife, and a dehydrator. Don't have a dehydrator? I have some suggestions toward the bottom of this post.

How to make dried apples:
  1. Wash & Dry apples
  2. Slice thinly. The thinner they are sliced the quicker they will dry. If they are cut thicker it will take a bit longer.
  3. Line the apple slices on your dehydrator trays, and dehydrate until' desired tenderness.

4. Store in airtight container, although around here they vanish pretty quickly so I could probably just leave them in a bowl on the table and they'd dissappear!

You can also dehydrate any other fruits you can think of! I've tried plantains and had success, and strawberries and pears are especially scrumptious!

Don't have a dehydrator? There are some fairly inexpensive ones out there new for around $30. I've also heard of some people having success at local thrift stores, craigslist and even yard sales.

If you don't want to go out and make a new purchase, you can also try your oven. Although it's not the most energy effecient, I've read the you can turn your oven on the lowest setting and put your apple slices on a cookie sheet with the oven door cracked open and cook until' the consistency you prefer. PLEASE be very cautious if you have little ones in your home. This might be best during nap time:)

Enjoy this yummy snack!

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