Over the weekend we visited Lattin's Family Farm & Cider Mill, where we picked pumpkins, talked to the goats, ate freshly made caramel corn and bought apples. Today I attempted to make apple crisp, but something went awry with the crust and I'm going to have to re-make it. It still turned out pretty yummy, but any excuse to make apple crisp in the fall is fine by me!
Anyway, I got a little peel-happy with the apples and over estimated how many I would need for that recipe. So I dug out the food dehydrator that I bought from Walmart for less than $30 at least 7 years ago. I remember this because I bought it with my husband (who was my fiance then), and it was prior to him deploying to Iraq. The dehydrator got some serious mileage during that deployment.
This is how my grandmother always dried her apples, and that is how I've continued to do them as well.
With just cinnamon and sugar.
I put all the apples in a bowl, sprinkle them with as much (or little) sugar and cinnamon as I want, then toss them until they're somewhat evenly coated.
There's really no science as to how I arrange these on the tray. I just liked this pattern, it looks nice.
What you don't see in this picture, I actually went back through and dusted the slices with a little bit more cinnamon.
And several hours later (I totally lost track, but I would ballpark it around 5 hours).
See, drying food is easy. And cheap. And you probably won't be able to keep your kids out of it.
But it's all good, just don't remind them that it's healthy.