Dehydrated apples

rawlizardrawlizard Raw Newbie

Hi,

Have you dehydrated apples? how long des it take? mine have been in the dehydrator for 14 hours!! and still are leathery and not crunchy. is there a way to make them crunchy? I would appreciate any advice :), thank you.

ClaireT

Comments

  • You just have to wait =) Although, it does help to try and slice them thinly.

    They do take a while. I can`t even imagine how long it takes to dehydrate bananas and melons! Yet I`ve seen people sell raw dried cantelope and melon...

    Hang in there!

  • LindaLinda Raw Newbie

    It usually takes 12 hours at 130 degree F. It can depend on a lot of other factors as well like how thin you slice the apple, what dehydrator you are using etc.. I have covered how to dehydrate apples here. It could help. 

    ClaireT
  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master

    Adding lemon and slicing extra thin seems to help make mine crunchy. 

  • As Linda pointed out, you need the right temperature. I'd even take it up to 135 degrees F. 

     

    The thickness apples will also change things. Slicing them 1/8" is possible with a mandolin. If you're using a knife, I wouldn't go any thicker than 1/4".

  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master

    I wonder if soaking them in something sugary first would make them crispier once dried. 

  • moskvilamoskvila Raw Newbie

    you just need to wait a little longer. May be increasing heat a little might help?

    ClaireT
  • raphaelaraphaela Raw Newbie

    It also depends on your oven!

    ClaireT
  • WheatgrassWheatgrass Raw Jr. Superstar

    135°F is no longer “raw” 105°-110° is the high end of raw...or the enzymes are negatively affected.

    Freeze dry will make them crunchy, and when you add water, will instantly constitute to almost original.  But freeze dry equipment is expensive..I hope to get a unit next year...

    I have been aware for 35 years  that eating dried fruit is unhealthy...they should be reconstitured first, or eaten in extremely small amounts...but even though I “know” this...I am guilty of wating a bag at a single sitting “dry”...

    Also, keepmin mind that dried banana chips are neither raw...nor dried...they remove all the flavor by deep-frying. Actually dehydrated bananas have the rexture of licorice, and 5 times the flavor of a fresh banana in every bite.

  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master

     

    Also, keepmin mind that dried banana chips are neither raw...nor dried...they remove all the flavor by deep-frying. Actually dehydrated bananas have the rexture of licorice, and 5 times the flavor of a fresh banana in every bite.

     How did I never know this?

    Good info!

  • WheatgrassWheatgrass Raw Jr. Superstar

    I see spelling typos, is there a way to edit posted posts here?

     

  • WheatgrassWheatgrass Raw Jr. Superstar

    Look on “ingredients”...you will see “oil”...that they got deep fried in...

    Y’all agree they are “flavorless, right?

    ClaireT
  • ClaireTClaireT Raw Master

    I see spelling typos, is there a way to edit posted posts here?

     

     I think you have to catch them in the first hour. Then they become permanent. 

  • TammiTrueTammiTrue Raw Master

    Look on “ingredients”...you will see “oil”...that they got deep fried in...

    Y’all agree they are “flavorless, right?

     I always thought I was just making banana chips wrong. You're correct on the difference in flavor. It's huge!

    ClaireT
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