Cinnamon Apple Chips with a Food Dehydrator

Apple chips are a sweet and healthy snack. The only problem is that most grocery store brands are seriously expensive. The good news is you can dry your own fruit at home, using a food dehydrator or a baking sheet and your oven.  There is a little to no prep work, but the drying process can take anywhere from 2 to 17 hours, depending on whether you prefer your fruit chewy or crunchy. Note: If you decide to purchase the Excalibur dehydrator, pictured below,  I recommend the one with the timer feature, so that you can go to sleep or leave for work, without having to worry about over drying your fruit.   Check out the recipe for cinnamon apple chips below, and stay tuned for the next drying experiment– sweet potato chips!

INGREDIENTS:
sugar in the raw
ground cinnamon
2 apples

DIRECTIONS:
1. Peel the apples and slice into thin rings
2. Sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar
3. Lay the apple slices in a single layer in your food dehydrator, according to the manufacturer’s directions.
4. Dehydrate the apple rings for  10 to 17 hours at 135 degrees F, or until they are at your desired texture.
5. Remove and let cool. Store in an airtight container.
Note: If you don’t have a dehydrator, use your oven, and  preheat to 250 degrees F. Arrange the apple slices in a single layer on a baking sheet line with parchment paper and sprinkle with the cinnamon and sugar. Bake the apple slices, turning every half hour, until dry, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Remove and transfer to racks to cool.

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