Dried Apples


Each summer I can applesauce, apple butter, and apple jelly. This year I decided to give drying apples a try.

The easiest way by far is too use a food dehydrator-but I wanted to use the old simple way of drying the apples in the sun.

Close up tray of drying apples

I lined my pans with parchment paper and covered my slices with cheese cloth-to keep the bugs off. It took several days (I took them in at night) to dry the apples. I do live on the north side of the mountain-so a sunnier location might be faster.

When the apples are dry-they will feel rubbery but not brittle. Mine turned brown-I’m sure there are methods to prevent browning-but since it doesn’t change the taste, I don’t mind the brown.

Dried apples can be used to make applesauce, pies, cakes or just eaten. Miss Cindy, The Deer Hunter’s Mom, makes her own trail mix-she adds her dried apples to it. (I always pick out the dried apples and eat them before anyone else has a chance!)

Trays of dried apples

In the old days, folks sometimes preserved apples by using a bleaching method or by smoking the slices. A few additional tips for drying apples today:

  • You can dry apples inside a car on a hot day-this also helps with the bugs
  • Apples can be dried in your oven-it can take up to 11 hours-set your oven to the lowest temperature and check them often
  • Turning the slices aids in the drying
  • Store dried apples in a cool dark place

Since I’m a true novice at apple drying-I hope you’ll leave me a comment if you have additional tips.


p.s. I couldn’t resist showing you:

chitter sleeping

This is what happens when you stay out late Contra Dancing and then try to catch up on homework!

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    B f
    July 29, 2011 at 8:01 am

    i wash my apples(drain)in salt water and use the dehydrator, so far they havent turned brown
    one year i dried tomatoes, it worked but they are so watery it kept me busy rotating the trays , they are good in soups etc and dont take much room to store them ,they will keep in a crisper drawer

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    September 9, 2009 at 3:00 am

    We dry apples pretty much like Tipper does. Once they are done, we divide them up and use the Foodsaver to vacumm seal them. The stick them in the freezer until we need them for cooking. I couldn’t live with out the Foodsaver. During a heavy harvest, we can get edibles in the freezer fast until I want to can them during fall or winter.

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    November 26, 2008 at 9:28 am

    I love dried apples. I use my dehydrator. It is a large one and can hold up to 25 small sliced apples. I dip mine in orange juice befor drying, to help stop the browning. My girls also like to just eat fresh apples dipped in orange juice. Nice flavor. Apple do not grow down here, so I have to wait for them to go on sale at the grocery store. I look forward to picking them from a tree one day. 🙂 I store my dried apples in the freezer, to keep the girls from eating them all at once.

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    November 12, 2008 at 10:09 am

    I have a bushel of apples from a friends tree right now and was just contemplating what I wanted to do with them this year. I may try drying a few, but living in the Pacific NorthWET I will be using the food dehydrater!
    Love that last picture! Very cute~

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    The Tile Lady-Marie
    November 11, 2008 at 10:47 pm

    Yum….my grandmother’s fried apple pies were made from dried apples, cooked and then used as the filling, and there is nothing better in this world to eat! I have dried apples in the car before–put the pan on the back dashboard and the sun going through the glass does a great job, and as you said, no bugs. Plus, then your car smells absolutely heavenly after that!

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    Farm Chick Paula
    November 10, 2008 at 3:44 am

    I dry my apples in the oven on my beef jerky racks, Tipper… I got tired of fighting with the yellow jackets outside!! And in 4-5 hours, they’re done, rain or shine. (Not to mention how good it makes the house smell!!)

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    November 8, 2008 at 6:22 pm

    This post made my mouth water. Thanks for describing the procedure. I think I can handle this one!

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    November 8, 2008 at 5:29 pm

    Hey Tipper,
    I love fried apple pies made from dried apples.
    We used to dry so many apples when I was growing up. We used a wood frame with screen wire on it so the apples could get air all around them.
    I have used a clean sheet and put it on the car hood or trunk. As hot as it is around here it don’t take long to dry apples.
    Another recipe that was my grandma’s was to make up your dough like biscuits and roll it out in a rectangle. Put your cooked dried apples on it and roll it like a jelly roll.Slice and put them in a cooking pan. Then heat water, sugar,butter, and vanilla flavoring and pour in pan. Sprinkle with cinnamon.Bake.I’ll have to find the exact recipe. My Mama was saying not long ago, I need to put that recipe on my…
    Have a good weekend.

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    petra michelle
    November 7, 2008 at 12:46 pm

    Mmmmm. Love apple butter! Would love some right now on a fresh slice of 8-grain bread. Thank you, Tipper. I’m adding it to my shopping list right now! :)) And the photo is priceless! Hope you and your family are having a wonderful weekend! :))

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    Miss Cindy
    November 7, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    A true Sleeping Beauty!!!
    This summer I have dried apples, pears, and blueberries. The blueberries are tricky. Dry them too long and they are hard, don’t dry them long enough and they will mold. Some molded this year, so all the dried blueberries will be stored in the freezer from now on!
    I can remember my grandmother drying apples and green beans–leatherbritches– she put them on a window screen out in the sun.
    Mighty fine eaten!

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    November 7, 2008 at 1:25 am

    oh my. the apples. they just keep coming. We never try to dry apples the old fashioned way here because it is just sooo damp. I think it would take months!
    we also make apple pie filling, apple butter, applesauce.
    now we are moving on to pumpkin butter…

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    Valarie Lea
    November 6, 2008 at 4:27 pm

    I have never dried apples. I wonder if my kids would eat them. They love banana chips 🙂

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    November 6, 2008 at 4:26 pm

    Your still getting apples? Wow! I’ve never tried drying apples. But maybe next year I need to try.

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    Queen of Planet Hotflash
    November 6, 2008 at 2:00 pm

    I can so relate to the trying to catch up
    I use to make apple butter but I seem to have gotten really lazy since going to college *sigh*

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    November 6, 2008 at 12:18 pm

    Tipper, thanks so much for your comment about the fried pie pastry. I am tickled that it worked for you!

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    November 6, 2008 at 10:21 am

    All of it looks tasty! Thanks for sharing!

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    November 6, 2008 at 8:51 am

    Cool post! I had 2 experiences with drying apples this year…I dried a bunch after a good soaking in lemon suice+water adn they didn’t brown at all. I dried another bunch using fruit fresh (per directions) and they all turned brown. Just some info…
    Anyhow, cool on the contra dancing. I have been twice and my in-laws go all the time! It’s cool that your kids are in to it too!

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    November 6, 2008 at 8:46 am

    Mmmmm…. dried apples!
    Love the picture of your sleepy daughter!

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    Fishing Guy
    November 6, 2008 at 8:19 am

    Tipper: Neat shots of the apple drying process. I must admit the homework photos was the best part of the story. What a neat capture.

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    November 6, 2008 at 5:02 am

    You have given me a wonderful idea – I had forgotten my oven has a drying feature, and my grand children would love dried apples, I’m sure. btw – I’ve given you an award, visit my blog

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    November 6, 2008 at 3:43 am

    I have dried apples in the over before but I think I might like to try the car. What a great idea. Love that napping photo. Cute.

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    November 6, 2008 at 12:06 am

    Your apples look yummy!! 🙂

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    Amy @ parkcitygirl
    November 5, 2008 at 11:40 pm

    Yummy! I’ve not dried apples either. I would love to have the chance to try it 🙂

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    November 5, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    I love the “homework” photo! I would love to eat some of those apples!

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    November 5, 2008 at 10:08 pm

    I’ve never dried apples before. How do you store them after you’ve dried them? Can you dry pears also?

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    November 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    Those look delicious. Love dried apples… Well done!

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    November 5, 2008 at 9:16 pm

    I love that picture of Chitter or Chatter sleeping!
    I am try to dry some persimmons as I type. Not sure about them. Yesterday I made a loaf of persimmon bread. It was ok, but I will look for a different recipe.
    I had a sack of black skinned apples given to me today. They look almost like a purple plum. Very firm and sweet tasting. I will keep them just for snacking.
    I’ve dried apples before, first we blanched them in some lemon juice and water.
    Yours look tasty.

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    noble pig
    November 5, 2008 at 8:48 pm

    I have never thought about drying apples, how cool!
    Love the sleeping child…ah to dance all night.

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    Julie at Elisharose
    November 5, 2008 at 7:54 pm

    That looks yummy. We can’t really grow apples here. There are a couple of varieties that a few people coddle into producing, but it there aren’t enough chill hours to produce much.

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    Carolyn A.
    November 5, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    My Grandma used to dry apples the same way you do, but she just had brown paper bags instead of the parchment paper. I, like you, would try to eat as many as I could. Got my hands tapped a few times. Sorry, Grandma, they were just too good to resist! 🙂 xxoo

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    trisha too
    November 5, 2008 at 7:10 pm

    Never tried drying apples, but we do peaches and tomatoes in the dehydrator and eat them like fruit
    Your fresh apples look just like mine did!

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    November 5, 2008 at 6:47 pm

    Can you can the apples like you did your pear recipe? I have been wondering about that! We have apple, pear, and peach trees and I want to get some better/different ideas about preserving them.

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    Patty Hall
    November 5, 2008 at 5:55 pm

    I love dried apples. Good munchy. I’ve done them in our dehydrator.
    I put mine in the freezer.
    Fried apple pies!! Now I’m hungry!!!

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    November 5, 2008 at 5:37 pm

    I love the idea of putting them in the car – I could put my car out in the sun and it would get really warm. With the added plus of the wonderful scent in my car! When dried do you reconstitute them before making apple pie filling? blessings, marlene

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    November 5, 2008 at 5:36 pm

    I have never eaten dried apples.
    Probably cause you’ve eaten them all before I got to try them. tee hee
    I’ll have to try them, they do look appetizing. Can you tell, I’m hungry?
    Love the “got caught napping” picture!

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    November 5, 2008 at 5:21 pm

    The apples look yummy. I like apple smelling shampoo. Maybe you could make your own.
    The photo of your tired student was funny. Like can be so hard when your social calendar is so full.
    Personally, that was never my problem.

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    Nancy Simpson
    November 5, 2008 at 5:20 pm

    Tipper, Your family will be eating some good energy snacks this winter and some good pies and cakes too.

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    Julie Curtis
    November 5, 2008 at 5:16 pm

    I wish I had an apple tree. Or knew someone with one. Here in No Louisiana we have lots of peaches and blueberries available but not apples. My Granny had a couple of apple trees and dried apples and used them in fried pies, a cake filling, and some other delicious goodies. I can remember helping her take them outside every morning. I would give $100 for one of those fried pies right now!!!

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    November 5, 2008 at 4:22 pm

    Oh, how wonderful to be young and to go dancing all night! sigh, thanks for the dried apples info. I want to try my hand at this. It’s getting cold this week,will that hinder the process? blessings,Kathleen

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