by Texas Homesteader ~
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During apple season you can pick up a bag of apples for CHEAP. But when you have more than you can use, you have to figure out a way to preserve them.
One of the ways I like to preserve them so none go to waste is to dehydrate them and use them like apple ‘raisins‘ in my homemade granola.
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Using My Dehydrator
I’ve really been on a roll this year with my dehydrator. I’ve dehydrated carrots & potatoes, celery and squash, green beans & tomatoes along with many more veggies.
Recently I fell upon a great deal on apples and I picked up about 10 lbs of sweet red ones.
RancherMan doesn’t eat many raw apples. And although I love to eat them that way, there’s no way I can consume that many apples before they go bad. So I set out to preserve them.
But I’ve dehydrated apple slices before and although they were delicious I really wanted to preserve these in a way that would take the place of something I ordinarily would buy.
Dehydrated Apples Option
I recently made my favorite pumpkin granola and I like to use raisins to add a natural sweetness. But I used the last of my raisins in that batch so now I’m faced with buying more. Hummm…
I wonder if I can dehydrate these apples into small raisin-sized chunks to replace the raisins that typically sweeten my granola? I decided to give it a try.
Peeling Fresh Apples Quickly
With this many apples waiting to be processed, thank goodness I had my *apple peeler handy as I can peel, core & slice them literally in seconds. (This thing has to be the best invention EVER!)
I put the peeled slices in a solution of lemon & water to keep them from turning dark. And then I took the peels out to the goats who were immensely appreciative of my apple-preservation efforts…
Not Fully Pleased With Thin Dehydrated Apples
I cut the peeled apple slices into about 1/4″ pieces and arranged them on the dehydrator to dry for about 12 hours. Then I sampled one
Although the taste was delicious I wasn’t really happy with the thin texture when they were fully dry. The were cut so thinly that they were almost like tasting apple-flavored air. Hummm…
Cutting Larger Chunks
So back to my apple peeler I went with a fresh supply of apples, this time lowering the core/slice section on the device. I just used the apple peeler to actually peel the apples this time, not core or slice.
Then I used this manual apple cutter to cut the apples into thicker slices & remove the core. I cut the thicker slices into about 1/4″ pieces and arranged them on my dehydrator.
Thicker Apple Slices For The Win!
These thicker slices took a little longer to fully dehydrate, probably about 14-16 hours.
But they were chewy and sweet – the perfect addition to my granola!
This quest to be more self sufficient has been so much fun for me. I delight in finding new ways to provide something for my family that otherwise would have been purchased.
It’s a fun challenge to think outside the box when pondering our needs. And It’s exciting to see what the next step will be.
By using this abundance of apples & preserving them into sweet apple chunks I’ve used very little money to purchase a natural product and preserve it myself to sweeten my granola.
I feel pretty good about that!
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- Cinnamon/Vanilla Applesauce
- Apple Cider
- Cinnamon/Sugar Apple Chips
- Fruit Leather Rollups
Other Delicious Apple Recipes
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- Apple Pies Baked In Canning Jars
- Single-Serve Apple Hand Pies
- Apple Crumble from Apples in Syrup
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- Quick, Hot Apple Dessert
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