How to make homemade dried apples from fresh apples?
Dried apples are not only good, but also nutritious. Here are a few simple and easy ways to make homemade dried apples.
One. Choose Apple
The quality of picking apples by yourself is better. But it can also be purchased from a farmer’s market or supermarket. Of course, you cannot have damaged or rotten apples. Which variety to choose depends on personal taste, such as Fuji apple is very good.
Second, clean the apple
Just wash with cold water, don't use soap or detergent. If you want to peel, it is best to use a peeler, there is no need to waste too much time in this area. No matter which method you choose, you should remove the paste on the apple.
three, Clear bruises and soft spots
Cut off the scratched or softened part.
Four, peel (optional)
If you don’t want to peel, just skip to step 5. This is completely optional. Some people like to wear leather, while others don't. Mechanical peelers are more efficient. Next is slicing. Cut the apple into slices one-half inch thick.
Five, dry apples
There are three options:
Food dehydrator: It is the simplest method, because it is specially designed for this purpose, and the result is the most consistent.
Oven or microwave: This is the basic equipment of the kitchen.
The sun is dry.
Food dehydrator pictures
No matter which method you choose, you should spread the dried apples on a plate and consider sprinkling some cinnamon or other spices. When using these three methods to make homemade apples, you should pay attention to: the humidity of different varieties is very different, so the drying rate is also different, and the effect of the oven and the microwave is different. Apples of the same variety are different in different seasons. In addition, if you want to make apples more chewy, you may need to shorten or extend the drying time. The key is to pay close attention to the first batch of dried apples, chew and try until you find a suitable drying time.
Six. Is the judgment good?
The drying time depends on the moisture of the apple, the thickness of the slice, and the air circulation. The dried apples should be flexible, like raisins, and not easily broken. Their color is deep red, and there is no moisture or sticky feeling.
Seven, cooling, encapsulated in a zipper bag
Let the dried apples cool down at room temperature and put them in a bag. Don't pack it too full, leave a little gap and squeeze out the air.
Store the prepared dried apples on a cool shelf. The color and taste can be maintained for 6-9 months. Of course, if you want to extend the shelf life, you can put it in the refrigerator.