Apple & Pear chips

Yesterday was our monthly Food Bloggers Los Angeles meeting — it’s a chance for fellow food bloggers to get together, share some food, and do some bloggy shop-talk. It’s always a potluck, and there’s usually a common theme – this one was “Apples & Pears,” as we’re in the height of the season. Since I’m scrambling to keep all the October Unprocessed plates spinning (so to speak), I needed something extremely quick and easy.

I recently borrowed my mom’s old food dehydrator (made in 1979!) and realized this was a perfect chance to use it. So I sliced up some fruit, set it in the dehydrator, and got back to work. (Truth be told, I was actually on the phone while I was doing most of the slicing.) Couldn’t have been much easier, and you’ve got to love the ingredients.

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Apple & Pear chips

I made this recipe with four apples and two pears, as that was about as much as I could get in the dehydrator. That made about 4 ounces of dried fruit (it's amazing how much they shrink!), which didn't look like much, but was actually a nice amount (that's what's pictured at the top of the post). The fruit should be ripe, but not mushy.
Course Snack
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes
Yield 4 servings
Calories 30 kcal
Author Andrew Wilder

Ingredients

  • Apples
  • Pears
  • 4 cups water
  • Approx. 2 tsp. lemon juice
  • Cinnamon or other spices optional

Instructions

  1. Wash the fruit and set aside. Add the water and lemon juice to a large bowl.
  2. For each apple, remove the core with an apple corer or small paring knife. Turn the apple on its side, and slice into 1/4" rings. As soon as they're sliced, place in the bowl of acidified water. This helps keep them from turning brown.
  3. For each pear, you can repeat the coring process -- though I sliced them in half (from top to bottom), and then cut out the core, and cut them into half-rounds instead. Add them to the water, too.
  4. Optionally, dust them with ground cinnamon or other spices (nutmeg? clove?).
  5. If you're lucky enough to have your parents' dehydrator, lay the fruit in a single layer on the trays in the dehydrator. Cover, turn it on, and walk away. Come back in four hours and check on things -- it'll probably take a total of 6 to 10 hours. You may need to remove some sooner than others.
  6. You can also dry these in the oven. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper, and lay the slices flat on top. Bake at the lowest setting your oven will go (about 175-200), for approximately 2 to 6 hours (depending on the temperature and how thick you've sliced them). Just keep an eye on them every couple of hours; you may need to remove some sooner than others.

Recipe Notes

I learned the hard way that an apple corer would be really helpful -- it took me about five times longer because I had to use a paring knife (and it wasn't pretty). I also don't have a mandoline slicer, so I just did the best I could do keep the thickness of the slices as even as possible. It doesn't really matter if they're a bit uneven, though you'll have to keep a closer eye on them because some will finish sooner than others.

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Dorothy Reinhold
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Your apple and pear chips turned out perfectly!

Sweetpea
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Dried powdered ginger on the pear slices… mmmmmm good!

LiztheChef
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We be ready for tomorrow here in San Diego…

Shelley MacLellan
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They look delicious! I am going to see if I can round up one of these old dehydrators on Craigslist!

Mary Papoulias-Platis
Guest

My first simple treat for October- thanks for the snack idea!

Deena @ stay at home FOODIE
Guest

So bummed I missed the meeting – especially if those chips were on the menu!

Claire
Guest

My apple chips are in the dehydrator now. What perfect timing because we were at the apple orchard on Saturday!! 🙂

Lisa
Guest

I am ready for tomorrow. I have stocked the fridge with hard boiled eggs, cooked chicken breast, cut up veggies, and fresh fruit. I also have some cooked brown rice in the freezer. Looking forward to a great challenge.

Jean Layton
Guest

Looking forward to starting up tomorrow. Wish we lived closer, I would have lent you my spiral apple corer/slicer.
These look amazing!

Tiphany Zellers
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Awesome place for more information and recipes! Love the granola one!

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brista
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Here’s where I play the part of annoying commenter and ask: what if you don’t have a dehydrator?

I’m guessing if you don’t this recipe is a no go but I love apple chips so I thought I would ask just in case.

Lisa
Guest

I am getting apples in my CSA box this week, so plan to try the oven method on Thursday. Is the best way to store them in a sealed container at room temp?

Jackie
Guest

Pampered Chef makes a tray that use can use to make “chips” in the microwave…apple, potatoe, etc. Basically these but faster…and nice for those of us who don’t have a dehydrator.

Skylor @sproutlifestyle
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You are kind of my hero. October is going to be such an awesome month on this website. Looking forward to being here!!

Ifeanyi Innocent
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It look yummy with the look!!! Am going to try it with ovum.

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