Marco Banks wrote:We sun-dry them. But if the concern is PRESERVING them, drying them is no good because everyone EATS THEM as fast as I can make them.
Seriously -- my little swarm of locusts/family/children/friends will pick them right off the drying racks and eat them before I can even bring them into the house and bag them.
And the thing about dried apples is that while you might be able to eat 2 fresh apples, with dried ones you sit there and munch them down and before you know it, you've eaten the equivalent of 10 apples. Boom -- gone.
So, if your family has more self-control than mine, here's my method:
1. Peel and slice to about 3/16ths thick. If you've got one of those handy-dandy crank-and-peel machines, it makes life a whole lot easier.
2. Toss with a bit of fresh lime (much nicer than lemon) and a pinch of salt. The salt helps draw out moisture and helps the apples keep longer. Trust me.
3. Lay on stainless (or plastic) racks in a single layer. I put them out on the brick patio by the pool where it's stupid hot. But they need some air circulation so I put the racks up about 2 inches (on pieces of 2 x 4).
4. Keep the chickens away. Don't let them out to free range for a day or two or you'll be sorry.
5. Turn after 1 day of hot August California sun. They'll be pretty much dried by the second day.
6. Put into ziplock bags.
7. Hide the bags. If the kids ask where they are at, lie to them.
8. Lie to your wife as well (or whomever asks innocently about the whereabouts of the dried apples). Repeat after me: "Mine!"
9. Plant more apple trees.
Kate Downham wrote:I don't know if it's possible to have too many apples...