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Drying food is a tradition of food preservation that goes back for thousands of years and is an effective way to keep food safe to eat for long periods of time. Fruit is by far one of the easiest things to to dry out safely and many different types of fruit can preserved in this way.
In this article I am going to talk about the simple method of dehydrating apples using a home dehydrator unit. Every unit is a bit different so drying times and capacity will vary depending on what unit you have.
Pick only the best firm and crisp apples that do not have any blemishes or bruises. You need to have really good fruit otherwise the drying process will not work effectively.
Peel the apples and then slice and core them so you have slices that are around a quarter inch thick on the fat side.
Place on the dehydrator trays with a little bit of space between a each slice so you get good airflow around every piece.
The drying should take anywhere around 6-8 hours depending on you unit. You will know they are dry when they are slightly brown and have a leathery feeling to them.