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We’ve got a lot of delicious, crispy, dried apples in the pantry to enjoy this fall and winter. How they got to this ideal snap-crisp state was a happy accident that’ll be easy for you to repeat, on purpose.

fresh apples to preserve

Pick, buy or forage for apples like these Gravensteins in mid-summer to preserve at the peak of freshness!

My new neighbor gave us several pounds of apples from her orchard, which I put into our dehydrator intentionally. I cored and sliced the apples about 1/4″ thick, spread them in single layers on the drying sheets, set the machine to 135F for fruit, checked the relative humidity (about 50%), and anticipated the slices would be leathery and ready to store in about 9-12 hours.

What I didn’t count on was eating a bad oyster a few hours later.

Raw oysters

I’ve always loved raw oysters, but it may be quite a while before I slurp another ones of these down. Just looking at this photo makes me queasy!

Yeah, that happened, and I was a curled up bundle of misery for about 24 hours. Checking my dehydrator in the garage was the last thing on my aching mind.

Cored pear

Use a vegetable peeler to punch a circle cut around the top & bottom of the core of your apples or pears before slicing. Then push through the unwanted middle & slice for drying.

When I stopped feeling like I was on death’s door, I remembered the apples — about 30 hours after they had gone into the machine — I asked my husband-nurse to please remove them from the machine. I didn’t even bother to check how dry they were. I was so sick I barely cared what came out of the machine.

Lucky us — we got perfectly crisp apple chips!

Dried apple chip recipe

Dried apples will keep for many months in the pantry. We don’t bother to peel or toss ours in an acid before drying & they rarely get distastefully brown. (If you have a vacuum sealer canister, store your dried fruit in it to maximize storage.)

Got apples? Try my new favorite dehydration method described above, but just don’t eat the oyster. Really, just don’t.

(Fruit left in the dehydrator on too high a setting or for too long can turn out so dried it’s tough to chew. It goes beyond snappy and into a soak-before-you-eat-it state. It doesn’t go bad. It’s just a little less pleasant to eat. So start with the recommended settings for your particular machine, but don’t fear going just a little longer to get beyond the leathery apple state and into the apple chip realm of tasty, home preserved snacks.)

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