How to Dehydrate Apples

Sliced and sprayed apples (lemon juice) on an Excalibur dehydrator tray

Let's get busy learning how to dehydrate apples. 

Drying apples at home means you can create your own supply of dried apples.

They'll be available to you all year round! How do you do that? Dehydrate apples when they're on sale (and in season) and store them.

TOP Frequently Asked Questions:

What type of apples work best?

Apples with a higher water content - like Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp - they dehydrate well. Avoid mealy/mushy varieties unless you're going to be making apple sauce with them.

Can you dehydrate apples with the skin on?

Leaving the skin on retains fiber and nutrients but it's certainly fine to peel them if you don't like, or want, a chewier texture.

Can you dehydrate apple peels?

Yes! You can dehydrate apple peels and here are a few reasons why you may want to:

Makes use of the nutrients in the peel - Apple peel contains a lot of beneficial fiber and polyphenol antioxidants. Drying the peels preserves these nutrients for use later.

Natural pectin source - Dehydrated apple peels can be ground into a powder to use as a natural pectin replacement in jams, jellies, fillings, etc. The pectin comes from the peel.

Tea or supplement ingredient - Dried apple peel powder can be used as an ingredient in herbal teas, capsules, and baked goods for extra nutrition.

Food flavoring/garnish - Dehydrated apple peels lend a nice sweetness and pretty garnish to dishes like oatmeal, yogurt, and salads when rehydrated.

The key when drying apple peel is to thoroughly wash/clean the apples first and pat the peels very dry before dehydrating. Monitor closely for doneness without burning. Enjoy utilizing this apple "waste"!

What temperature should apples be dehydrated at?

125°F to 135°F is the usual drying temperature for apples, and basically all fruit.

How long does it take to dehydrate apples?

It depends on how thick you slice them and on their water content. Having said that, between four and ten hours, all the way up to 15 hours.

How can you tell when the apples are done?

Dehydrated apples will shrivel up a bit, bendable, and feel leathery.

Learn How to Dehydrate Apples
Great For Making Apple Pies Any Time of Year!

Simply follow the instructions coming up on how to dehydrate apples — and purchase them when they are in season and plentiful via the grocery store in bags or from your own backyard in bushels!

Apples Nutrition Info.

VITAMINS: Vitamin A, and Vitamin C, followed by Vitamin K with trace amounts of Choline, Pantothenic Acid, and Niacin.

MINERALS: Potassium, followed by Phosphorus, Calcium, Magnesium, and trace amounts of Zinc.

Apples also contain Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids.

spraying apples with lemon juice to deter oxidation

Help Prevent Oxidation by Doing This

To prevent oxidation while dehydrating apples (that's what makes the apples turn brown—and bananas too)—we spray the apples with good old lemon juice. I use the ReaLemon brand, but any "off-brand name" will work.

Professional food dehydration plants use ascorbic acid.

TIP: When apples are out of season, consider using frozen apples instead.

As noted in the instructions for dehydrating apples, below, you won't have the peel the apples, plus you don't need to use apple juice to spray the apples in step 2. Now how easy is that?

How to Dehydrate Apples

It's time to dehydrate apples! So much fun...

If using frozen apples, ignore steps 1 and 2.

  1. Peel, core, and slice your apples by hand or with a handy apple-peeler-corer gadget.
  2. Place slices in a bowl and generously spray with lemon juice. TIP: Use a pump top from a new unused spray bottle, pick one that fits your lemon juice bottle, and look for one that has a long enough plastic tube that will reach the bottom of your lemon juice bottle.
  3. Arrange the apple slices on your dehydrator trays, making sure the apples don't overlap.
  4. Turn on your food dehydrator and set the temperature between 125°F and 135°F (or per your food dehydrator's instructions).
  • Delicious dried apples are pliable when dried.
  • Drying time: between 4-10 hours.
  • Please remember to rotate your dehydrator trays for even drying.
Dehydrated apples in food vacuum-sealer bags with 100cc oxygen absorbers added

Apples are Easy to Rehydrate Too!

Simply add water to your dried apples to rehydrate them.

(Read more about re-hydrating food here) and we're off making the best apple pies around!

How about applesauce, or apple breads, or cookies?

Hmmm :-) Soon the delicious apple pie aroma from your kitchen will draw friends and neighbors for miles!

Apple Peeler and Corer gadget - at work - peeling apples

Great Apple Peeler Corer (peels potatoes too)!

Great Apple Peeler Corer
(peels potatoes too)!

You'll want one of those apple peeler corer gadgets that I'm using shown above—honest!

Not only are they easy to use, they are truly fascinating to watch.

Take the grunt work out of spud peeling—yes, you can peel potatoes with them too!

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Green and red apples in wooden boxes on a wooden table

Different Kinds of Apples

While there are many different types of apples, the most common type is the red delicious apple. Other popular types of apples include the Granny Smith apple, the Golden Delicious apple, and the Rome apple.

Each type of apple has its own unique flavor, so be sure to try a few different kinds to find your favorite.

Best Areas to Grow Apples

The best areas to grow apples are in cool climates with well-drained soils. Apples need full sun and well-drained soil to thrive, so make sure you choose a spot that gets plenty of sunlight and has good drainage.

Additionally, apples are a cold-weather crop, so they do not do well in warm or damp conditions.

When is the Best Time to Pick Apples?

The best time to pick apples is in the fall after the leaves have turned color and before the first frost. Apples are typically ripe and ready to pick in September or October, depending on the variety.

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