Dried apple rings are one of our favorite snacks.
It’s one of the things we like to make when we’re picking free apples with Fruit Share. Prairie apples like Goodlands make awesome apple rings; they’re the perfect blend of tart and sweet. When our supply of prairie apples runs out, we turn to Spartans, Granny Smith or McIntosh apples to get our fix.
Making apple rings in the oven is one of those super easy, hands-off recipes. Peel, core and slice 3 or 4 apples, sprinkle on some cinnamon, place on cooling racks and pop them in the oven for several hours. Yup, that’s it. While they’re drying in the oven, you can be doing your taxes, helping the kids with homework or just chillin’.If you want a few more tips and ideas about soaking apples, whether or not to peel them, how to make apple chips, etc. look at the information in the post on How to Make Homemade Apple Rings in a Dehydrator.
How to Make Dried Apple Rings in the Oven
- 5 Apples
- 1/4 cup lemon juice
- 1 tsp cinnamon or pie spice
- Wash, peel (optional) and core apples.
- Slice apples thinly and evenly (1/4 inch), use a mandolin if possible.
- If desired, dip slices in anti-browning solution of 1/4 cup lemon juice in 1 quart of water.
- Remove slices from water and pat dry.
- Sprinkle slices with a light dusting of cinnamon.
- Arrange apple slices on wire baking or cooling racks and position in oven. Or position apples directly on clean oven racks.
- Set oven at the lowest temperature, about 150°F (65°C) and prop door open with a wooden spoon to allow for air circulation and moisture to escape the oven.
- Bake for 5 to 8 hours. Times vary due to humidity levels, ovens, apple varieties, slice thickness, etc. Just keep checking.
- Check apples for any moisture on outside and inside. The slices should feel dry and leathery without any tackiness. Rip a slice in half to see if there is any moisture on the inside - it should look like a dry dense sponge.
- Allow to cool several hours before storing in an airtight bag or container.
- Store in a dry, cool, dark place for several months, if you don't eat them all! If you're unsure about their dryness store in a freezer.
- Case hardening occurs when the outside of food dries so quickly that moisture from the center is unable to escape due to drying with high heat. Therefore, very low temperatures are recommended for drying food. However, if you're planning to eat all your apples right away, go ahead and turn up the heat to dry the outside.
- Yield 5 apples worth
For those of you who are interested in making dried apple rings in the dehydrator or want to make batches of dried apple rings for long term storage, be sure to read How to Make Homemade Apple Rings in the Dehydrator.
Enjoy your apple ring snacks! Drop me a line and let me know how they turned out for you and what type of apple you used. So far, tart prairie apples are my favorite followed by Granny Smith.
Want to learn more? Get Getty to facilitate a home cooking, using fruit or dehydrating session for you, a group of friends or a community group. Getty Stewart is an engaging and enthusiastic facilitator that makes it fun and easy to learn tasty recipes, time-saving tips, and helpful kitchen ideas. She is a Professional Home Economist, author of Manitoba’s best-selling Prairie Fruit Cookbook, Founder of Fruit Share, mom and veggie gardener.