Thursday, February 5, 2015

How to make dried apple rings



Make hay while the sun shines.

It's possibly a bit silly to write up a recipe for something so straight forward as dried apple rings, but this afternoon as I was making up a batch they looked so pretty that I couldn't resist snapping a few photos and then I thought - why not.

So here we go - this is how we make dried apple rings at our place.

Gather -

  • a basket of apples
  • half a lemon
  • water
  • a knife
  • an apple peeler/corer thing - if you don't have one never-mind, you can do it the old fashioned way with a peeler and a knife.
  • a colander
  • a dehydrator 
  • air tight storage jars


Gather your apples. Just like there are different potatoes for different meals, there probably is a an apple variety that is more suited for dehydrating, but our Jersey Macs were first off the trees this week so we used them.

Peel, core and cut your apples into rings. Actually, only peel if you feel like it.


Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to four cups of water and mix well.

Dunk all the apple rings in the lemon mix and leave to soak for a few minutes.

In theory the lemon is supposed to stop the apples from browning, but we just do it because we like the taste.


Drain the apples in a colander, give the colander a shake and then lay the rings on a clean tea-towel to dry.

I usually press another tea-towel over the top to get all the excess water off.


Then load your apple rings onto the dehydrator trays making sure there is space between them for the air to circulate.


After a couple of hours in the dehydrator, test the apples to see how they're going. Ours generally take between four and six hours.

When your apples are leathery or crunchy, just the way you like them, take the trays out and leave them at room temperature for ten minutes or so.


Then load them into a glass air-tight container and store them out of direct sunlight.

I dare you not to gobble them all up at once.


Now if only I could work out a way to crochet the peel....

Wishing you a word in edgewise.




  1. Oh yum! I actually tried these in the oven once - no good. I looked at buying a dehydrator but didn't like the size of the ones I saw, they were really big. It's wonderful when you have your own trees and fruit in abundance. Our plums and nectarines are just finishing, both were bumper crops. We'll have to wait a few years on the apples though, we just put in a Gravenstein this year :)

  2. thanks for the recipe! Is there a way to make them in the oven? I love dried apples but I don't own a dehydrator and as I have a teeny-tiny kitchen I don't have the space to buy and store one! :(

  3. Only you can make apple apple peel look so attractive...!

  4. I made apple rings as well, 3 big glasses:) We love them!! The peel is for our hens, they love it too ^_____^

  5. from the apple peels you can make a delicious apple tea

  6. Wow!!!¿ Se puede deshidratar al horno? Buscare por internet donde puedo comprar un deshidratador y cuanto dinero vale... Se ve una manera practica y deliciosa de conservar los productos del huerto...

  7. Yum Kate, so much goodness! These photos seem just a bit different to your usual style, I love them!

  8. I love that vintage looking apple peeler. Your pictures are beautiful and make me want to bite into one of those vibrant apples.

  9. Oooh, I have everything that I need for these apart from apples :P Thank you for sharing, Kate.

  10. Love the pictures, so summery :) Have you got horses or other animals that would eat the peels?

  11. Just love dried apple rings Kate, sprinkle a little Chinese Five spice over the slices before you dehydrate them for something a bit different. Use the apple peels and cores to make apple scrap jelly.


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