Apples have always been my choice of something to snack on. I absolutely love the crunch and juiciness of each bite. When I was a nursing student, I was a very busy girl, since I also worked on a Pediatric unit in a local hospital, taught Sunday school and sang in a band. Most days I felt like I lived in the car. It became a habit of mine to have a bag of apples riding along with me in the passenger seat. Those apples disappeared mighty quickly.
My Dad is so thoughtful, he would often remember how I enjoyed my apples and many times I would find a new bag of apples sitting there winking at me in their usual spot. My Dad has always been like that, showing us in many ways that he cared about us and was thinking about us. He would never actually tell us about his little acts of kindness, but let us discover it on our own. I can still picture that pleased smile he would get when we happily thanked him once again. We all still talk about how many times we would start driving and suddenly realize that the gas tank was magically full or scratch our heads wondering if the car WAS this clean to begin with, or did Dad quietly wash it again? Even though there were six of us, he knew the quirks of every single one of us and made us feel like the “favorite child”, even though we all perceived it that way:).
Apples were always a big part of our family when I was growing up. As many of you already know, my parents own a gorgeous property in upstate NY and I grew up with 100 acres to explore. They have many different kinds of apple trees on their property and every fall we would have an abundance of these crisp beauties to figure out how to put into use. Our kitchen was buzzing with activity, with all of us peeling apples, cutting apples, and even climbing the trees picking them. Our favorite treat was Apple Sharlotka (Russian apple cake) and my Mom’s famous Apple Bulochki (soft yeast rolls with an apple filling). We put those apples to good use, canning jars and jars of applesauce and apple filling.
However, the best way to use up of a huge amount of apples is to dry them into apple chips. Talk about an awesome snack! Once you start eating them, it’s hard to stop; they are so addicting. They are a great healthy snack to have around the house and a perfect option for road trips and lunch boxes. My parents had a fancy dehydrator that was incredible, but I’ve learned to make them without any additional equipment. The method is so ridiculously easy, I’m not even calling it a recipe.
Preheat the oven to 200-230 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
Wash the apples and slice them very thinly. This would be the perfect time to use a mandolin. You can take out the core with the seeds and peel the apples, but I don’t. I think the slight red tinge around the border of the apple chips is beautiful and the little stars in some of the chips delightful. Since the apples are SO thin, you don’t even feel the hardness of the core at all. The seeds will easily come out. Place the apple slices in one single layer on the prepared baking sheet.
Bake the apples for about an hour, flip them over to the other side and bake for another hour. If you like your apples to be super crispy, bake them for an hour and a half on each side. As you can see, the apples shrink considerably. You need A LOT of apples for a decent batch. You will only get a handful from two large baking sheets, but come on! It’s so easy to make them, less than 5 minutes of hands on work, slide them into the oven and away you go on your merry way.
Cool the apple chips. They will become harder as they cool. Store in a sealed bag or container.
- Preheat the oven to 200-230 degrees Fahrenheit. Line 2 rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper.
- Wash the apples and slice them very thinly. This would be the perfect time to use a mandolin. You can take out the core with the seeds and peel the apples, but I don't. I think the slight red frames the apple chips beautifully and the little stars in some of the chips are so delightful. Since the apples are SO thin, you don't even feel the hardness of the core at all.
- Place the apple slices in one single layer on the prepared baking sheets.
- Bake the apples for about an hour, flip them over to the other side and bake for another hour. If you like your apples to be super crispy, bake them for an hour and a half on each side.
- Cool the apple chips. They will become harder as they cool.
- Store in a sealed bag or container.