I love my dehydrator. Is it an essential appliance? By no means. Will I take it with me when I move (the litmus test for the value of a possession. naturally)? I might not. Do I love it? Or course I do.
How in the world did I procure this dehydrator? Well I’m glad that you asked! You see, last spring, a friend and I went backpacking, and I wanted to try my hand at dehydrating some goodies for us to take with us.
As is typical, I hopped on Craigslist to see what I could find. There are two Craigslist areas “near” me, but both are still an hour away, one in each direction. I figured if I found something it would have to be a pretty great deal to justify the drive. Lo and behold, what do I find? A dehydrator. Five minutes from my house. For $2. That’s right. $2. Not $20. Not even $5. $2. What a deal.
This weekend, I chopped 8 (or so) pounds of apples in thin wedges and dehydrated them. Now I have a gallon bag full of dried apple slices. So tasty! So portable! So light weight! The all around perfect traveling snack.
- Peel (optional) and core your apples
- Slice into wedges or rings. The goal is to keep them thin. 1/8 of an inch, give or take, is ideal.
- Dunk for a minute or two in lemon water (1 tsp lemon, 3 cups of water)
- Lay out on dehydrator racks and sprinkle with cinnamon. Depending on the sweetness of the apple, you may not need/want the cinnamon. I like it, so I added it!
- Dehydrate! Mine need to sit about 12 hours. Read the directions on your particular dehydrator to see how long they need to go.
Don’t have a dehydrator? Check out Oh She Glows’ recipe for apple pie chips. You can make them in a normal oven. Tasty!