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Dehydrated Apples

Dehydrated apples are one of our favorite foods year-round as they are a great for long term use. They make a yummy and healthy quick snack for kids.

dehydrated apple slices on a rack in the dehydrator. Text above that says dehydrated apples.

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Why these make the perfect snack:

A Great on the Go Snack: In a rush and want something healthy. Just grab them and go!

You can add them to other recipes: Dehydrated apples are a great treat when rehydrated in oatmeal, pancakes, muffins etc.

They last a very long time if stored correctly: Dehydrated apples last for many, many months if stored in a glass mason jar, sealed with a tight lid, with oxygen absorbers.

Great for snack for kids: Children seem to love them all the time, the boy child asks for them at every opportunity. They are also a great gateway to teach children how to make their own snacks.

Tools You Will Need for Dehydrated Apples:

Tips on Dehydrated Apples:

  • Definitely get the apple peeler and corer because it will make this process and lot faster and easier. Kids have a blast using it too. You can peel and core your apples the old fashioned way, but we found this apple peeler, it’s been worth every penny. Peels, cores and slices the apples beautifully, in addition the apple slices are a consistent thickness overall, so they dry fairly equally.
  • If you would like you can sprinkle cinnamon, nutmeg or a pumpkin spice on the apples before starting the dehydrator, this would be a yummy addition!

7 green apples sitting on a white cutting board ready for slicing to dehydrate


  • 7-9 Apples, whichever variety you like
  • 2 tablespoons of Lemon Juice
  • Enough water to submerge you sliced apples
  • Spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg or a pumpkin spice mix (optional)

FAQ about Dehydrated Apples:

sliced dehydrated apples in mason jars with white lids

How Long do dehydrated apples last?

Up to 6 months if stored correctly

Which apples are best for dehydrating?

Granny Smith, Macintosh and Cortland

Can you over dehydrate apples?

No you cannot over dehydrate

Why are my apples not crispy?

This probably means you need to dehydrate them longer. Depending on your climate is may take longer for humid areas.

How to Dehydrate Apples:

Start by peeling your apples with your apple corer and peeler

apple slicer and corer peeling a green apple for dehydrated apples

The peeler will make your apples into a spiral, you will need to break sections off to look like slices

hands holding of apples that will be dehydrated apples

Cover the slices with water in a large bowl and add a splash of lemon juice and mix thoroughly

Typically, when exposed to the air, apples brown, or rust pretty quickly. The lemon juice prevents this from happening.

apple slices in a blue cock pot to make dehydrated apples

Set up your dehydrator and start layering your apple slices. Fill your racks, close it up and turn it on to 135 degrees for 8-12 hours.

apples slices the will be dehydrated apples with lip on in the dehydrator

We’ll usually start a run at 6 or 7 am for convenience so we don’t have to hear it humming all night.

After 12 hours, the slices should be crispy if not let it run a little longer until they are.

dehydrated apples sitting on the tray of a dehydrator

Pack them into jars with oxygen absorbers to store them long term.

What foods have you dehydrated before?

Let me know in the comments!

Dehydrated Apples

Dehydrated apples are one of our favorite foods year-round as they are a great for long term use. They make a yummy and healthy quick snack for kids.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 12 hrs


  • 1 Dehydrator
  • 1 Bowl
  • Oxygen Absorbers
  • Mason Jars
  • 1 Apple Peeler and Corer


  • 7-9 Apples
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Enough Water to cover apples


  • Peel apples with apple peeler and corer
  • Apples will be in a spiral, break them into slices.
  • Add them to a bowl and enough water to cover them
  • Add Lemon Juice to water and apples, mix well
  • Put apples flat on racks in dehydrator
  • Sprinkle with your desired spices
  • Cover and start dehydrator at 135 degrees for 8-12 hours
  • After 8-12 hours check your apples. If not crispy continue dehydrating until they are
  • Once crispy put in mason jars with oxygen absorber and seal tightly with lid.
Keyword Dehydrated Apples, Food preservation, Food Storage

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