How to Dehydrate and Store Fresh Apples

A white bowl filled with dry apples

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Dehydrated apples are a simple way to preserve autumn’s bounty and also make a tasty snack!


  • 9 apples
  • 5 tablespoons lemon juice (approximately 2 lemons)
  • 4 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract


Make lemon juice mixture. In a small bowl combine the lemon juice, sugar and spices. Set aside.

Core the apples (optional). Wash your apples, then use an apple corer to press down through the middle of each apple and remove the core. If you would prefer not to fuss with this step you can just slice the apples.

Slice. Slice your apples about 1/4 inch to 1/2 inch thick, depending on whether you want your apples to be slightly crisp or more soft/chewy.

Toss with lemon mixture. Add the slices to a large bowl, then pour the lemon juice mixture over it. Gently mix together with your hands so that all the slices get coated in the citrus-sugar mixture.

Place in dehydrator. Add the slices to your dehydrator making sure that the slices do not overlap. The edges can be touching (the apples will shrink) but if they are overlapping then some parts of the slices won’t dry out properly.

Dehydrate. Set the temperature to 145F and the timer to 10 hours. You’ll need to check them when the timer goes off to make sure the slices are completely dry. If there is still some moisture then add another hour or two of drying time.

Cool. Let the apple slices cool completely before transferring them to an air-tight container.


  • Properly dehydrated apples can be stored in an airtight container in your pantry for up to 1 year.

This recipe is adapted from the Cosori recipes handbook.

Keywords: dry apples, dehydrating apples, apple rings