Make hay while the sun shines.
It's possibly a bit silly to write up a recipe for something so straight forward as dried apple rings, but this afternoon as I was making up a batch they looked so pretty that I couldn't resist snapping a few photos and then I thought - why not.
So here we go - this is how we make dried apple rings at our place.
- a basket of apples
- half a lemon
- a knife
- an apple peeler/corer thing - if you don't have one never-mind, you can do it the old fashioned way with a peeler and a knife.
- a colander
- a dehydrator
- air tight storage jars
Gather your apples. Just like there are different potatoes for different meals, there probably is a an apple variety that is more suited for dehydrating, but our Jersey Macs were first off the trees this week so we used them.
Peel, core and cut your apples into rings. Actually, only peel if you feel like it.
Add one tablespoon of lemon juice to four cups of water and mix well.
Dunk all the apple rings in the lemon mix and leave to soak for a few minutes.
In theory the lemon is supposed to stop the apples from browning, but we just do it because we like the taste.
Drain the apples in a colander, give the colander a shake and then lay the rings on a clean tea-towel to dry.
I usually press another tea-towel over the top to get all the excess water off.
Then load your apple rings onto the dehydrator trays making sure there is space between them for the air to circulate.
After a couple of hours in the dehydrator, test the apples to see how they're going. Ours generally take between four and six hours.
Then load them into a glass air-tight container and store them out of direct sunlight.
I dare you not to gobble them all up at once.
Now if only I could work out a way to crochet the peel....
Wishing you a word in edgewise.