Select your favorite
ripe Apples for drying. Scrub them thoroughly. You may remove
peel or not, as you desire. But as with many fruits and vegetables, the
skin contains beneficial nutrients, and surely contributed to the
Apple a day, keeps the Doctor away".
Don't discard those apples that
are becoming soft. When the skin begins to wrinkle, it is an indication
that they are beginning to dehydrate naturally. Some of the drying has
already been done for you. Our ancestors would string softening apples
on a line in the sun for about a week. That exposed maximum
area to the drying sun. But that was before industrial air pollution.
You can prepare them in one of three or more ways.
Method 1 - Quarter the Apples
as shown in the left photo above.
Next remove the
core with seeds
and the concave ends
by cutting away
the thin sliver
shown next to the knife.
1/4-inch thick wedge-shaped
slices from end to end.
Method 2 - Remove a thin slice
of peel from both ends.
Then cut the
apples in half
as on the right.
Next remove a
with the core.
1/4-inch thick slices
The benefit of
this method is
that the slice is less tapered
and tends to
dry more uniformly.
Method 3 - Remove the Core with a Fruit Corer. This will make a hole through the Apple. Then
slice the Apple starting at the bottom. If this small first slice
contains unsightly remnants of the end, then discard it. Slice the
remaining Apple into 1/4" round slices which will all have a hole in
If you want to avoid the natural
brown discoloration of dried Apples, dip them in Lemon Juice after
You may also want to sprinkle Cinnamon on the fresh slices to spice up
the flavor. You may prefer drying a variety that is not your favorite
apple, since its character changes in the process of drying.
If you have an old apple Tree in the back yard,
it may produce the very best Apple Schnitz you ever tasted.