Apples are one of the most affordable, delicious, and healthy fruits that you can have as a dessert or snack. But not everyone can enjoy fresh fruit all year round. Dehydrating apples is a great way to preserve the health value of your favorite fruit. Let’s take a look at the easiest way of making apple chips – microwaving apple slices. You will have dried apples ready quickly and without too much hassle.
The procedure for drying apples in a microwave has several obvious advantages over more traditional methods of drying fruits. Availability and the longevity of the process are more obvious reasons to choose this method for making dried apple slices. It is a perfect way to make apple chips without an oven and to dehydrate apples without a dehydrator. However, the amount of apples that you can dehydrate in one go is limited to the size of your microwave and the plate you are using. And, of course, there is a chance of ruining apple slices if you choose the wrong settings.
What are the best apples for making apple chips?
You can use both summer and fall apples to dehydrate in the microwave. Look for ripe but not overripe fruits. Perfect quality is not necessary as damaged or wormy areas can simply be cut off. To obtain the best-dried apples packed with sweet and crispy flavor, use sweet-tart and sweet varieties of apples. However, there is no right apple variety to use for drying as you decide which apples are the tastiest for you. I enjoy dried Fuji apple slices. Fuji apples are great both for dehydrating and baking as they hold the shape well. Gala and Granny Smith apples are my next favorite options. But you are free to decide on your own, as there is always some type of apples available in stores.
How to make dried apples in the microwave
Before making apple chips in the microwave, you should thoroughly rinse apples under running water. Then spread apples in one layer on a towel to drain off and dry out. You do not have to peel apples, as it is a source of extra vitamins and minerals. In addition, the peel ensures the integrity of the dried slices and provides them with a beautiful aesthetic appeal. You also have an option not to remove the core of the apple. I always make a bunch of apple chips with seeds to make dried fruit compote (recipe coming soon).
I will give you one more piece of advice before proceeding with the recipe. Define the number of apple slices, which fit on the surface of the plate that you will be using for microwaving, and then do not cut apple slices more than that amount. In such a way, you will prevent slices of fresh apples from browning and losing their shape before drying.
There is also another solution that can prevent apple slices from browning. You can dip slices of fresh apple into the mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and water. For each spoon of lemon juice use the same volume of water. The tart taste of lemon juice also adds something extra to the taste of dried apple chips.
How to Make Apple Chips in the Microwave
- 1 kg fresh apples of your choice
- Wash fresh apples and let them dry out on the kitchen towel. Cut the apple into four pieces and remove the core. Place the apple quarters cut side down and cut it into ¼-½ inch slices.
- Take a microwave-safe plate and cover it with a paper towel or a sheet of parchment paper. Spread out the apple slices in one layer on the plate.
- Set the microwave to 200 Watt. Microwave apple slices for 1 minute. Take out the plate and turn over the slices. Microwave for an additional minute. If you think that your apple slices need more dehydrating, extend the time for extra 30 seconds. Repeat the actions until you get the desired result.
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