How to dehydrate diced apple so you can enjoy dried apples in your favorite apple recipe. Or make these dehydrated apples for food storage, or dried fruit snacks. Dehydrating apples is a great way to preserve fresh apples.
Mix the Fruit fresh following the directions on the container or mix equal amounts of lemon juice and water in a large bowl.
Prep the apples
Scrub, peel and core the apples.
Slice the apples into ¼ inch thick slices and then dice the apple slices into about ¼ inch cubes. Immediately put the diced apple pieces into the bowl with the Fruit Fresh and toss to cover all sides to prevent browning.
Arrange the apple pieces on the dehydrator trays in a single layer leaving some space between the pieces so they do not stick together as they dry.
Turn the dehydrator on. If your model has a temperature control set the temperature to 135 F. degrees. If it has a timer set the timer for 6 hours to start.
Dehydrating the diced apples
Dehydrate the diced apples for 6 to 8 hours. Check the apple pieces every couple of hours until they are done.
When the diced apples are done let the apple pieces cool before placing in a glass jar.
Condition the dried apples by storing them in a glass jars for one week. Every day shake the jar and check for moisture. If moisture forms return the apple pieces to the dehydrator and dry them completely before repeating the conditioning step.
Store the dehydrated diced apples in an airtight container out of direct light.
4 cups of diced dried apple pieces.
Fresh apples: 5 lbs. of Honeycrisp apples will make about 4 cups of dehydrated diced apple pieces.
Pretreating methods for apples to prevent browning: Prepare the pretreatment mixture following the directions on the container and place in a large bowl. If using lemon juice as the pretreatment method mix a fifty-fifty solution of lemon juice and water. The lemon juice will add a lemon flavor to the dried apple pieces. I prefer using the Fruit Fresh because it does not change the flavor of the dried apples.
Peeling the apples: Peel the apples using a vegetable peeler or an apple peeler.
Cutting the apples: On a cutting mat or board with a sharp knife cut the peeled apples. Stand the apple up with the stem up. Cut the apple evenly in half. Lay the flat cut side of the apple half down and cut the apple in half again. Cut the seeds and hard core from each ¼ piece of apple. Cut each quarter piece of apple into long slices and cut the slices into ¼-1/2 inch cubes. Place the diced apple pieces into the bowl with the prepared pretreatment solution. Toss the apple pieces to coat all sides. Repeat with with all of the apples you have diced.
Plastic Dehydrator Tray Liners: It is highly recommended to use plastic dehydrator tray liners when dehydrating diced apples. The pieces will fall through the dehydrator trays with out them.
Dehydrating times: The amount of time it takes to dehydrate diced apples will depend on a few things. The temperature and humidity in your home, the size the apples are cut and if you are using a dehydrator with a set temperature will all make a difference. Check the apple pieces every couple of hours.