in Hendersonville, as every summer begins to wind down, the locals make a mad dash to Granddad’s Apple Orchard to get a bushel or two of Honey Crisp apples. If we don’t get them before the local Apple Festival over the Labor Day weekend, they are usually all gone.
This year, we have had a lot of rain and the apples are all huge. Some of them are so big and full of water that they don’t fit through my apple corer-peeler-slicer. Although they are abnormally full of water, they are still tasty with that sweet-tart crispy flavor. We voted in our house, they are the best apples ever.
I got a bag and sliced them up for the dehydrator. If I can exercise discipline, we will have apple pie for Thanksgiving. The last time I dried apples, they didn’t last until October, much less Thanksgiving.
Core and slice apples less than 1/4″ thick
soak sliced apples in 6 cups of water mixed with 1/2 cup of lemon juice
Place in single layer on drying tray
Sprinkle with cinnamon sugar (optional)
Set dehydrator to the fruit setting and turn it on. Approximate drying time is 24 hours.