Saturday, April 23, 2011

Dried Apple Rings

Isabelle loves apples, but she doesn't like to sit and eat them, and then I usually find dried up brown apples everywhere about an hour after I give them to her. Drying the apples makes them wonderfully portable and longer lasting, plus they still taste great. Not to mention it is a great way to use up the apples that we get from the tree in the back yard. last years we had so many apples we didn't know what to do with them all. This snack is not just for kids though, I love them too!
You can use any variety of apples for this. First, make an absorbic acid solution to soak your apples in by crushing 6 - 500mg vitamin C tables and dissolving them in two cups of water. Then core and peel your apples, putting them in the solution as you go. All the apples to soak for about 10 minutes. Pre-heat your over to 170 degrees F. When apples are done soaking, place them on a wires rack and dry them in the oven 3 to 4 hours. Make sure you prop the oven door slightly ajar with a wooden spoon or skewer. This allows the moisture to escape the oven so the apples dry not cook. When they are done allow them to cool completely (You can tell if they are done by squeezing them together in your hand. If they don't stick to each other they are finished). Put them in a covered container and allow them to sit for one week. If you notice moisture on the inside of the container, put them in the oven to dry some more. The dried apples should feel leathery when done. They will keep in an air tight container in a cool dark place for up to one year. (As if they will last that long!)

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