Drying apples is a great way to save the Fall harvest. Honey Dried Apple Rings can be made in the dehydrator or oven. This recipe uses the natural preservative powers of honey and cinnamon to create a delicious healthy treat.
Honey & Cinnamon Dried Apples
Apples keep well in storage with some varieties lasting for months. However, the sweeter types are quicker to spoil.
Drying or dehydration is a great way keep them edible for longer. Also, a wide variety of spices can be included to create different taste experiences.
Dried fruit is not only tasty – it is also very nutritious. In most cases, a piece of dried fruit offers the same nutrition as fresh-in a smaller package.
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When fruit is dehydrated, most of the water content is removed. This means it is much less likely to spoil. It is also rich in fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Apples: When making dried apple rings or chips, you have several varieties to choose from. Some varieties tend to be sweet: Gala, Fuji, Honeycrisp, Golden Delicious etc.
Other apples are not sweet but retain a tart flavor. Granny Smith is a variety know for having a sour-apple flavor.
Personally, I rarely buy apples with the express idea of dehydrating them. We love Fuji and that tends to be what ends up in the dehydrator. In my kitchen, honey dried apples are made from whatever is on hand at the time.
Honey: The good news is that you can use any variety of honey for pretreating your apples. Any good quality raw honey works well.
Spices: This recipe uses ground cinnamon and ground cloves. It is fine to use only cinnamon if you wish. The price of ground cloves is crazy unless you also use it for something else.
The easiest way to dehydrate apples is with a food dehydrator. While not an appliance you will use every day, it is a very handy item to have.
You can create some very nice snacks with one. I have even dehydrated honey with mine! It is delicious on ice cream and can be used in diy beauty products too.
Of course, you don’t have to have a dehydrator. Apples can be dried in the oven too. Thin slices are baked at about 225° F for a couple of hours.
Step by Step Recipe for Honey Dried Apples
- Apple Corer
- Measuring spoons
- Measuring cups
- 6 pieces apples
- 2 cups water
- 1/2 cup Honey
- 1 tbsp lime juice (optional)
- 1 tbsp ground cinnamon
- 1 tsp ground cloves
- Wash and dry 6 apples – your choice of variety. Use an apple corer or knife to remove the core and seeds. I chose to not peel my apples but you can if you wish.
- In a medium sized bowl, mix together water, honey and lime juice. ( You may omit the lime juice or use lemon instead if your prefer).
- Using a mandoline slicer, slice apples into uniform apple rings. You can use a knife but the mandoline makes the job much easier. I recommend a special glove when using this type of slice.
- Place apple rings in the honey water mixture and leave to soak for 3 minutes.
- Remove honey coated apple rings from liquid and allow to drain on a cooling rack or similar.
- Mix ground cinnamon and ground cloves together in a small bowl. Use fingers to sprinkle spices on top side of apples.
- Place apples on dehydrator trays in a single layer. Sides should be barely touching to allow good air flow.
- Run dehydrator for 12 – 24 hours at 135° F until dry and leathery or crispy as you prefer.
Tips and FAQs About Dried Apples
Here are a few tips to make your recipe a success:
- use any variety of apples but no brown spots
- lemon or lime juice is not required but okay to add
- if your apple rings break – that’s okay – make apple chips.
- if storing in glass – get a wide-mouth jar – my big apple rings wouldn’t fit LOL!
Why are my dehydrated apples not crispy?
The texture of dried fruits depends to a degree on your dehydrator settings. The temperature and amount of time in the dehydrator results in either a leathery texture or crispy. Apples do contain a lot of moisture so they tend to be more spongy than some fruits when dried.
How long do honey dried apples last?
When stored in a sealed glass jar or tight-sealing zip lock bag- they will keep for at least 6 months. Though not necessary, you can freeze them for up to 1 year.
Do you have to soak apples before dehydrating?
No, soaking is not required when drying apples but it helps improve the appearance of the final product. Citrus juice reduces browning. In this recipe, we used the preservative power of honey to reduce browning and add a slight sweetness.
Now that you have the hang of using the dehydrator – consider making some Honey Glazed Pineapples too.
Don’t let that jar of honey sit all alone in your kitchen pantry. There are so many ways to enjoy using honey in the kitchen.