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wingnut
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09/26/2014 09:34AM
Wanted to thank Oldfingers57 for the cinnamon flavored dehydrated apple suggestion from another post. I used a mix of sugar and cinnamon like I would use on cinnamon toast, sprinkled over the apples before dehydrating and they turned out great.
 
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OldFingers57
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09/26/2014 10:14AM
Glad they worked out for you. I've got to start doing some here this fall for myself.
 
Papinator
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09/27/2014 11:21PM
question! Were they crispy or a little chewy? I like mine on the softer/chewy side and I haven't been able to accomplish this without them being 'sticky' and moist.
 
wingnut
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09/28/2014 09:34AM
I have been doing batch after batch so I have been able to dial the time and heat in to get them dry but not brittle, still bendable but not sticky. I let them sit in the dehydrator uncovered for several hours after drying to soak up a little moisture in the air to make them more chewy before sealing them in the food saver.
 
OldFingers57
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09/28/2014 09:56AM
quote Papinator: "question! Were they crispy or a little chewy? I like mine on the softer/chewy side and I haven't been able to accomplish this without them being 'sticky' and moist."

Mine are never sticky on the outside. They are pretty crisp as that way they are totally dry. If they are still chewy then they still have moisture in them and can thus spoil. I keep mine in Ziploc freezer bags after dehydrating them and then let them cool down before bagging them and placing them in the freezer for storage.
 
Papinator
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09/28/2014 05:30PM
So I'd probably only want them chewy if I'm eating them right away, I suppose...
 
MacCamper
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11/30/2014 06:14AM
Having just dehydrated five bushels of Haralson (I wave a fun fall gig of working at an orchard), I like to super dehydrate a bunch without skins and grind them into a powder for adding to oatmeal and making a quick desert with hot water, a sprinkle of cinnamon and a splash of milk. Crumble on some graham cracker and you have apple pie in a cup. Crated sharp cheddar cheese is an option too.
 
neutroner
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11/30/2014 08:35AM
May sound odd, but i also soak my apple slices in a lemon water mix for around ahalf hour before dehydrating. It helps with limiting discoloration (browning). I plan on looking at the stickiness issue. I have just thought it was the way apples were when dry. Thanks for the information.
 
OldFingers57
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11/30/2014 09:36AM
You don't have to soak them in the lemon juice/water for that long of time. I put mine in for just a few minutes and they turn out great with no browning.
 
12/02/2014 10:24AM
Gala apples are slow to brown, I've done lots of batches of them completely untreated and they come out looking good when done.
 
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