• 6-8 large apples
  • ¼ cup lemon juice
  • ½ cup pineapple juice

A sweet snack that has the flavor of fall

Tales of the Dinner Belle

By Brenda Stanley

Autumn is apple season and this year my trees were loaded. One of my favorite things to do with all those apples is make my dried apple chips. They are easy to make (especially if you have a couple essential tools) and they are so much better than the store bought apple chips. They have no added preservatives or sugar and they last for weeks, or even months if you freeze them. I use a solution of lemon juice and pineapple juice to keep them from browning (the pineapple juice adds some sweetness to take away the tartness of the lemon juice). These chips are great for road trips, camping, and in lunchboxes. They are a sweet treat without the guilt. My grandkids prefer these to candy!

Belle’s Dried Apple Chips

6-8 large apples

¼ cup lemon juice

½ cup pineapple juice

Using a spiral apple corer/slicer, cut and core the apples into thin slices, or use a knife and try to get the slices about ¼ inch (I don’t peal my apples). In a large bowl, mix together the lemon and pineapple juices.  Dip the apple slices in the juice and then place in a single layer on the racks of a food dehydrator. Dry at 145 degrees for about 6 hours or until very dry and almost crispy.  You can also dry them on racks in the oven. Store in airtight bags or containers, or freeze.