40 pounds for $8 – part 2

apples

After reading yesterday’s post about the apples we bought in British Columbia, I imagine everyone is sitting at the edge of their seats wondering “Just what did you do with 40 pounds of apples?” After all 40 pounds is one or two apples. Now we could have just eaten them raw, but when you get such a deal it seems the perfect opportunity to experiment.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe other evening I decided that dried apple slices would be worth a try. It sounded like a fun snack, plus something we could pop in the kids lunches.

We started by slicing the apples as thin as we could as we were aiming for crispy apples at the end. As we had read different variations of drying apples some we cored and some we just sliced to test which result we liked best. I also chose to leave the skins on.

After slicing we let the apple slices sit in a bowl filled with 4 cups of water and half a cup of lemon juice for about a half hour. The next time I will use a bigger bowl and twice the liquid measurement…..of course we did dry a lot of apple slices.

apples slices on parchment paperWe then lined the cooking pans with parchment paper and laid out the apple slices.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAInto the oven the apple slices went. 200 F for 2 to 4 hours, turning the slices on occasion. The time it takes to dry the apples seems to depend on the thickness they are cut, how many apple slices are in the oven, and how crispy you want the slices to be.

dried apple slices

The result is yummy dried apple slices.

dried apple slicesOne thing we did discover is the texture and taste of the apple sliced we cored were much better than the ones we just sliced. We also discovered coring them after slicing made for less breakage of the apple rings.

dried apple slicesThe apple slices were a big hit. This weekend we will be making more as every single apple slice from the last two batches has been eaten. It is great to find a healthy treat.

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