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Dehydrate Apples and Make Apple Powder

Dehydrate apples to make yummy cinnamon apple snacks and make apple powder! It’s a great first dehydrating project for kids, and a great way to use up your apples for afterschool snacks or treats!

Apple chips in jars and apples on a table.

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Dehydrated apples are a terrific snack. They’re sweet, they’re nutritious, they are great for adding to baked goods to give an extra boost of flavor. They are a perfect snack for lunch boxes, too!

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But like bananas, their texture when dehydrated is a little different than the freeze-dried variety you may be purchasing in the store already. They are chewier, even when crisp, but I feel that lends itself to a more satisfying bite.

Tools for Dehydrating Apples

Thankfully, there aren’t many tools you need to preserve apples.

  • Sharp paring knife
  • apple-peeler-corer is extremely helpful when doing larger quantities.
  • dehydrator or oven
  • a blender or food processor to make applesauce

How Will You Use Dehydrated Apples?

  • Snacks? Set aside some of the harvest and then wash and cut them into bite-size pieces with your apple-peeler-corer. These can be dried and kept in a large container or split into individual serving sizes for lunch and after-school snacks.
  • Baking? Apples that will be rehydrated for pie and cobbler should have a bit more “meat” on them than snacking apples. You might consider cutting these into small wedges so they will retain the appearance of fresh apples in the finished product.
  • Applesauce later? If applesauce is your goal, the apples should be cleaned, chopped into small pieces, and then cooked down to a sauce. You can then dehydrate them on fruit leather trays until they are crisp and ready for storage.

How to Dehydrate Apples

  1. Wash apples. Yes, even if you will peel them, wash them first. They are one of the dirty dozen produce that harbors a lot of pesticides, plus the wax coating. Just wash). You can soak in a vinegar/water solution.
  2. Peel apples if desired.
  3. Core apples.
  4. Cut into rings, slices, or chunks. Rings and slices should be 1/4″ (6mm) for best results.
  5. Pretreat the apples with a lemon water solution to stop oxidation (the thing that makes apples turn brown). You can soak in 1:1 lemon juice and water or use another of these pretreatment methods if they suit you better).
  6. Dehydrate at 135°F/57°CF for 6-12 hours.
  7. Pick a couple of pieces to test and allow to cool.
  8. Condition
  9. Store in an airtight container.

If you are storing for long term, vacuum seal your container.

A collage of 3 other ways to dehydrate apples.

Ways to Dry Apples

  • Slices – the traditional way that apples are dried the most. Use a mandoline or an apple peeler/corer for the effect.
  • Chips – the smaller pieces that are great for adding to baked goods, trail mix, and oatmeal for a good chunk of apples.
  • Segments – large pieces (not unlike orange segments) that can be used to make apple pies later.
  • Shreds – small apple bits (done through a vegetable chopper) that are smaller than the chips and are easier to integrate into oatmeal or baked goods without the large mouth feel.
  • Apple peels – drying apple peels with cinnamon sugar or plain (and then turned into powder) is a great way to use up the apple and have a fun treat. They are great for salads, coleslaw, or crisped in the oven! Because apples are on the dirty dozen list for pesticides, you may choose to do this with only organic apples.
  • Fruit leather – puree by cooking in a saucepan until soft, blend with an immersion blender or potato masher. You can combine with all sorts of fruits to create great fruit leather. By itself with a little cinnamon makes the easiest, tastiest fruit leather!

Why Do Apples Turn Brown?

Browning is a version of oxidizing – the same way that pears, bananas, potatoes, and eggplant can turn dark after cutting. When an apple is injured (or cut into pieces), the plant tissue is exposed to oxygen. This triggers an enzyme known as polyphenol oxidase (PPO) to oxidize polyphenols in the apple’s flesh — thus turning it brown.

While some apple varieties tend to oxidize faster than others (I’m looking at you, Red Delicious), there are a lot of other factors at play – ripeness, temperature, etc.

So the conclusion is – use a pretreatment method you love best, or sprinkle it with some cinnamon – that hides it all!

Fresh apples, dried apple rings and a jar of dried apple pieces on the counter.

Uses for Dried Apples

  • 5 Minute Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal
  • Reconstitute shreds to add to muffins, pancakes, waffles and breads.
  • Reconstitute segments for making pies and handpies.
  • Reconstitute segments or chunks for making apple crumbles.
  • Snack on slices for after school snacks or as part of school lunches.
  • Add shreds or broken slices to trail mix.
  • Use slices as a base for adding peanut butter for snacking.

How to Make Apple Cinnamon Chips

Instructions:

  1. Follow the above directions to the slicing stage.
  2. Dust apples with a little cinnamon dust or cinnamon sugar. I prefer to use a 2:1 cinnamon sugar ratio on apples. TIP: You do not need to pretreat if you are using the cinnamon/sugar as it masks browning.
  3. Mix thoroughly if you do it in a bowl.
  4. Dehydrate as usual.

Oven Directions

  1. Prepare your apples according to the above directions
  2. Place apples on a parchment paper-covered cooling rack. You can then put it on a cookie sheet if you desire, but the cooling rack can go straight into the oven. This allows more airflow and fewer chances of burning
  3. Dry apples at the lowest possible temperature in your oven for one hour
  4. Flip apples and dry for another hour.
  5. Cool to test – apples are done when they are crispy
  6. Condition
  7. Store in an airtight container.

How to Make Apple Powder

  1. Place dehydrated apple pieces into your favorite blender.
  2. Pulse until a powder is formed.
  3. Condition the powder by placing it in a low-temperature, warmed (but turned off) oven for 15 minutes.
  4. Store in an airtight container with a desiccant pack.

NOTE: because of the sugar content, apple powder may clump. Just use a spoon to break up the clumps. It’s not the same as moisture clumping, but can be confusing. There are a few other ways to help reduce clumping in apple powders that you might try.

If you’d like to see the full process of dehydrating apples and making apple powder, I’ve created this video for you!

How to Use Apple Powder

There are just some suggested uses for apple powder, but feel free to experiment on your own!

  • Dusting on ice cream
  • Sprinkle on apple-flavored muffins and cakes
  • Sweeten up plain yogurt (freeze them for yogurt pops!)
  • Flavor oatmeal without the texture of dried apple pieces
  • Use to rim an Apple Martini

TIP: I recommend making apple powder in small portions only. As mentioned above, it cakes fairly easily because of the sugar content, so it’s best to do it in small doses and store just a bit as opposed to powdering your whole supply.

READ: Even More Ideas on How to Use Dehydrated Fruit Powders

Want to try another apple dehydrator project? Give this easy cinnamon applesauce fruit leather a try!

What are your tips?

Have you ever tried making apple powder? What do you use it for?

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Jar of dried apple slices with fresh apples

Dehydrate Apples

Dehydrate apples for chips, slices, shreds, etc. for long-term storage or snacking
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Course: Preserved Food, Snack
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegetarian
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Drying Time: 10 hours
Total Time: 10 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 13kcal

Ingredients

  • Apples

Instructions

  • Wash apples
  • Peel and core apples (if desired)
  • Cut into slices, dices, or shreds
  • Dip into lemon water pretreatment to prevent browning
  • Sprinkle cinnamon if desired
  • Place on dehydrator trays
  • Dry at 135F/57C until crispy when cooled
  • Condition
  • Store

Video

Darcy’s Tips

Notes:
If you don’t care about the apple turning, there is no need to use any anti-oxidizing agents. 
Or simply use a little cinnamon to cover it all!
 

Nutrition

Calories: 13kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 0.02g | Saturated Fat: 0.003g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 24mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutritional information is an estimation only. Nutrient information for dehydrated foods is based on fresh. Use 1/4 of the servicing size for the same nutrient information. Thus 1 Cup of fresh fruit has the same sugars as 1/4 dried.

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18 Comments

  1. Avatar for Lavonne Kellett Lavonne Kellett says:

    5 stars
    Very informative. Thank You

  2. Avatar for CourtneyH CourtneyH says:

    5 stars
    A big hit with our kids!!! We don’t even have to add sugar, they are yummy plain or with just cinnamon. Soaking them in water with some lemon worked for us keeping the color. Thank you for the clear directions as always!

  3. Can applesauce be dehydrated, and then reconstituted?

  4. Avatar for Anna Castle Anna Castle says:

    Can I powder the peelings?

  5. Avatar for Terry Mayhew Terry Mayhew says:

    I’m a beginner. I have a mandolin to slice my apples. What is the best thickness for dehydrating for snacking?

  6. Avatar for Belinda Roshetko Belinda Roshetko says:

    Do you know the nutritional values of apple powder?

    1. It’s the same as for an apple – but in a more concentrated serving size. You have lost a little Vitamin A & C because of heat – they are susceptible to heat. Otherwise, the carb/sugar count is the same, just in a more concentrated serving size.

  7. I wish to purchase a small grinder for making powders. What kind do you suggest?

  8. Avatar for Brent Eamer Brent Eamer says:

    This is timely. I have a grafted apple tree and produces about about 100 pounds. I’m in Prince Edward Island Canada. There is only so much freezer space for Crisp. I’ve been dehydrating apples with my Excalibur for years now but thought ab out powder. I vacuum seal some slices for oatmeal, but the power is a fantastic idea. And with a Vitamix, it’s a snap

  9. Avatar for Jade Steely Jade Steely says:

    I’m looking to make apple powder for baking this Friday. I only have a large food processor made by Ninja. Will that work to make the powder?

    1. Jade, food processors don’t work as well because the bowl is large and you may not be working with a lot of powder. But if it is what you have, use it!

      1. How do you make apple powder? Is it used as more of a spice? More details would be appreciated! Thank you!

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