Dehydrated Apple Chips

Posted by Jordan | Tuesday, November 11, 2008 | , , , | 8 comments »

During each weekend for the past month or so I have been making dehydrated apple ring chips so that we can enjoy the wonderful fall apples throughout the winter. It is fairly simple to make your own and in this post I will document the method which I have developed.

Firstly, you will need the following items (as shown above):

  • Paring knife
  • Cutting Board
  • Mandoline Slicer
  • 1 Plate
  • Apples
  • Dehydrator

The first step, after washing the apples, is to cut the core out of the apple with a paring knife. I usually try to cut square on both the top and bottom of the apple so that I can just use my thumb to push the core out of the apple and into the garbage. This usually works pretty well as long as I get a clean cut on both the top and bottom of the apple. For this batch of apple chips I used one Honeycrisp apple, which I had purchased at a local Orchard, and then some cheaper and less tasty apples from the grocery store, the specific type I am not sure of. The Honeycrisp apples seem to make the best apple chips since they are full of sweetness and incredible apple flavor.

The next step in the process is to slice the apples into rings. I use an Oxo Good Grips Mandoline Slicer and it works very well. I would recommend buying one if you don't already have one because not only can you use the slicer to make apple chips, but also potato chips and fancy sliced fruits and vegetables for all of your meals! Anyway, as you can see in the picture above, the apples will slice best if they are perfectly round, but the apple I used before taking the picture was not perfect and therefore resulted in some apple rings which were not perfect.

The dehydrator, which I am borrowing from my parents, is an Nesco American Harvest FD-61 Snackmaster Encore Dehydrator and Jerky Maker which has also worked very well. As the name suggests, it's not only for making your own fruit snacks but your own jerky as well. If you buy one of these you'll find yourself making wonderfully tasty and nutritious snacks of your own!

Once you have sliced all of the apples you can place them on the racks of the dehydrator, making sure that none of them are overlapping since this will result in them not drying correctly. Some instructions suggest that you apply lemon juice, ascorbic acid, or other things to prevent discoloration by oxidation, but I haven't used any of those yet and I have not had any problems with the apple chips. Additionally, I enjoy the natural apple flavor and I am unsure I would want any other flavors added to the apple chips.

The dehydrator has seven different settings ranging from 95 degrees Fahrenheit to 155 degrees Fahrenheit. The instruction book that is included with the dehydrator specifies which temperature to use depending on what you are drying. For apples you need to dry them at 145 degrees for about six to eight hours. You can check intermittently to see how the drying process is progressing, but try to leave the lid on so that too much heat is not lost from the unit.

You can tell that the apple chips are ready when you take the chips out and they are crisp and brittle. Sometimes you will need to take the chips out and let them cool before you are able to determine if they are ready or not. See the images below to see how ours looked when they were done.

For storage, I usually just use a quart size ziplock bag and set them on the counter. This allows for easy access when your apple chip craving strikes!


  1. Fern // November 11, 2008 at 5:00 PM  

    Mmmmm. The apple chips from Trader Joe's are good, but I bet homemade are even better!

  2. jb // November 19, 2008 at 4:17 PM  

    Wonderful blog!!- Rally enjoyed my visit- thank you for the lovely photos


  3. Sue // December 5, 2008 at 4:21 PM  

    Hi Jordan,
    I'm glad I made it here to see your post on drying apples. I have a food dehydrator but forget to use it. I'll have to see if I get organized enough to make some of those rings.

    Thanks for the demonstration. I like all your plant posts, too, but don't have much room for houseplants, other than the ones that will go back out in the spring.

  4. Lucy // November 20, 2012 at 4:55 PM  

    I hope you'll still be able to see my comment even though this is many years after. I'm dehydrating apples on my Nesco dehydrator @ 135. For some reason they don't crisp up. As soon as they cool they become very soft and chewy. Any idea what I'm doing wrong?

  5. Corner Gardener Sue // November 20, 2012 at 5:15 PM  

    Hi Lucy,
    I had to laugh when I read your comment. I am assuming Plant Crazy will see your comment, as I got it in an email because I subscribed to the follow up comments.

    I hope you are able to get some tips for your apples to crisp up.

  6. Anne // November 8, 2013 at 1:12 PM  

    I use an apple corer and a meat slicer (borrowed). Can fill four 7-8 shelf dehydraters in a little over an hour. This uses a half bushel of apples. Cortlands make nice white chips, but I think Golden Delicious make the best tasting chips. I sprinkle the slices with cinnamon (from Costco, the best and most economical) before I dehydrate them. I do three bushels for my family and to last me personally until next summer. I tear up the chips and put them in plain yogurt with raisins, and add them to steel-cut oats near the end of the cooking process...

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