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Friday, December 20, 2013
No Canning or Baking Today
Today's project is just cutting apples into slices to dehydrate. It's a "hands-on" process and is calming and relaxing. The quality and flavor can be better than any you have ever purchased. Some people have a corer. I don't. Neither do I have a mechanical apple peeler. I wash them then hand peel, cut into quarters, core, slice, and place pieces on an old plastic window screen that has broken. Nothing is sprinkled over them. I then place the screen pieces on cups to elevate for top and bottom air circulation and they dry in front of the gas heater. In about 3 days they will be absolutely dry and then I'll bag and seal them to use another time. They are excellent as snacks, and can be easily hydrated back for baking. The photos you see here are a total of only seven medium sized apples! Wow! I have more work ahead!
I used to string them and hang from the beams but this method is easier. I like easy. My dried apple slices will retain their flavor for about 9 months but they never last that long! They will be stored in a cool and dark place. By the way, I had to slap busy fingers that were picking pieces from my work area and I doled out to the beggar his own undried samples.