More things to do with 108 pounds of apples

J is a carb addict and always needs to be munching on something while he geeks around with his computer, be it healthy (trail mix) or be it made from death-inducing-chemicals (Doritos). And since we still have a mini mountain of apples in our kitchen (did I mention? 108 pounds?), I’m looking for ways to use them up besides their main purpose, cider making, which is not happening till Saturday. Making applesauce was fun, but I’m sure 4 quarts will suffice. So I made a batch of dried apple slices on Sunday.

I used my handy apple peeler-corer-slicer, which worked pretty well. I have to admit, though, that it doesn’t work so great on apples that are getting soft. The peeler plugs up and the prongs that are supposed to hold the apples in place just mushes through them and the whole apple gets torn apart. And of course our apples are getting soft – they have to, for the cider – but it makes doing other stuff with them difficult. Luckily, dried apple slices don’t have to be peeled, which makes the whole process so much easier.
I laid them out on a parchment-lined baking sheet in the oven at 200*F and baked them for three hours. While they dried well and were the perfect texture on top, though, they were still a bit wet on the bottoms. I elevated them to cookie racks, thinking the air could circulate around them, and baked them another hour.


They’re sweeter than any dried apples I’ve ever had, and the texture is great. J was dubious that he’d like them, but he’s already eaten half the batch. I’m excited to find other ways to use them too – diced in my homemade granola! in cookies! drizzled with caramel over ice cream! baked in sweet breads! And I’ve already started another batch.

Did I mention they make the house smell divine?

By the way, J has been showing me how to use the camera and I took all these pictures myself. I’m surprised at how fun – and how potentially frustrating! – food photography is (I can only keep two of his tips and pointers in my head at once. We’re talking some serious hand-holding here). But I’m really having fun learning, so from now on I’ll be able to document all my experiments!

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