Apple chips

Apple chips

For those of us who love the crunch and texture of a good chip, this is a tangy and sweet variation, with a lot less oil and salt (none, actually). And a bonus – it makes a great treat or snack, with lots of vitamins. Unfortunately, I plow through them pretty quickly – I can eat a bowl in one sitting (the equivalent of large bag of potato chips!)

This takes prep and drying time – upwards of 15 hours of drying time if you use a dehydrator. I haven’t used the oven technique (baking at a low temperature for several hours), and I don’t add anything to the apples (although you could add add lemon juice or cinnamon).

I just peal (sometimes – they’re ok with the skin left on – up to you), cut and pack them in my dehydrator (I use this one). If you don’t have a dehydrator, you can place the fruit slices in the oven for several hours, or overnight. The chips needs to be sitting for at least several hours at a low temperature. In any case, when you first take them out, they will not be crunchy – they need to cool for about 5 minutes or so.

The only questionable part of this recipe is it may be running up my electrical bill when I use it a lot. And I keep mine in the garage because it’s a bit noisy and does heat up the surrounding space to some degree. But think of all the things you can make in a dehydrator: jerky, dried herbs, fruit, yogurt, chips, and so on. I guess you could dry clothing and other stuff in it also. No smelly socks though!

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Posted in Dairy-Free, Egg-Free, Gluten-Free, Lactose-Free, Low-Sugar, Nut-Free, Paleo, SCD, Vegetarian, Wheat-Free  |  7 Comments
 
 

7 Responses to Apple chips

  1. Michelle says:

    We haven’t done this in years, but your photo is so gorgeous it makes me want to try it again.
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  2. EricaKerwien says:

    I’m blushing. Thanks. It is just too bad that they go so fast (because they take so long to make).

  3. Michelle says:

    Do you ore them!

  4. Michelle says:

    So sorry for the typo…..that should be…do you core them?

  5. Michelle says:

    I know this is an old post that I just found, but how thick do you cut your slices for the dehydrator? I haven’t been able to get it right yet.

    Thanks

    • Erica says:

      Hi. Yes, I haven’t done this in over a year, but I do slice them pretty thin. I’d say not paper thin, but about 1. 5 mm for a thin, crisp chip. I use a pairing knife, and I don’t get them all exactly the same. You can slice it thicker, but it will take longer to dry. A mandolin will help, but I don’t have one. If you do, lucky you! Use a 1.5 mm to 2 mm setting.

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