I’ve always wanted a food dehydrator, but I don’t really have anywhere to store it and would only use it a few times a year, so I don’t really think it’s a necessity. I have made dried fruit and fruit leather successfully in the oven with cookie sheets and I think it’s a delicious and easy way to dry fruits and veges.
HOW TO MAKE DRIED APPLES IN THE OVEN
The first thing I did was core 5 red apples, then I thinly sliced the apples with a mandolin into a big bowl filled with 2 cups water and 2 T. citric acid. I chose not to peel the apples as it takes too long and I like the skins anyway.
Next I put the apples close together on a cookie sheet with holes in it. I can only find these locally at the Bosch Kitchen Center, so hopefully you have one of those near you.
Next just sprinkle a very light coat of cinnamon and sugar on the top. Then I stack cookie racks on top of the cookie sheet. You can use both racks of the oven.
Bake at make at 200 degrees for 60 minutes to 2 hours or until all liquid is gone from the apples but they are not completely brittle.
If you can’t find the cookie sheets with holes, you can just use cookie racks on a regular cookie sheet (don’t put apples on the cookie sheet) just as successfully and you can stack them too, so that’s a plus! Just make sure you can stack them before you start this process.
Cool apples for a couple hours on the counter or just turn the oven off and leave them in there for 3+ hours. Next, simply bag them in a ziploc bag for later use. These are so delicious!
You could use any type of fruit or vegetable with this method. I think bananas and mangoes would taste really great!
Please post a comment if you have any questions, and I will try to answer them as soon as I can.