Sometimes I get up on my high horse and declare that I will never waste food ever again.
I will keep every broccoli stalk and every orange peel because one day I will find a way to use them!
And then sometimes I throw my hands in the air, and give up.
I really do feel that food is a precious resource and I don’t like wasting it. I’d like to use every bit of it in some way, to make sure I never buy too much, or let something go rotten in the bottom of the fridge. But seriously, who am I kidding?
Some weeks I can barely get dinner on the table, let alone figure out how to cook broccoli stalks so my kids will eat them. My intentions are good, but I know that sometimes I have to let some of them go in order to keep going.
So this week I let go of the broccoli stalks and fed them to the guinea pigs. I let go of the orange peels and burned them in the fire so the room smelled nice for a moment or two. And I let go of beating myself up over it all… but I couldn’t let go of the apples.
There was a whole bowl full of apples that had been declared ‘yucky’.
I could have made apple crumble, or chunky apple bread, but I wasn’t feeling virtuous enough to make crumble for the apple haters. But I wondered what else could I do with these apples so that my picky kids would eat them?
Then I thought of dried apples, my kids love apple chips, I wonder if I could make apple chips in the oven?
With nothing top lose but a bowl of ‘yucky apples’ I decided to give it a go.
How to Make Oven Baked Dried Apples
I was surprised at just how easy it was to dry apples in the oven!
It does take quite a while so you will need to do this when you don’t have anything else you need to cook. If you had an apple slinky machine (affiliate link) the prep work would be much quicker and easier. But all in all, oven baked apple chips are easy to make and delicious, even if you use ‘yucky’ apples!
We dried our apples until they were soft and leathery, but not crispy. If you dry them longer they will keep better, but if you like them a bit soft and chewy like we do, then you’ll need to eat them within a day or two.
You can add a sprinkle of cinnamon to the apples before you bake them, or leave them plain. Either way they are delicious!
- lemon juice (optional)
- cinnamon (optional)
- Line a tray with baking paper or a non-stick mat.
- Peel and core the apples and cut them into thin slices.
- Dip each apple slice into some lemon juice - this stops them from going brown, but you can skip this step if you like, they will still taste the same.
- Arrange the sliced apple on a tray in a single layer.
- Sprinkle the apples with some cinnamon if you like.
- Put them in the oven at the lowest temperature possible - around 90 C is optimal, or you can alternate having the oven on low and then turning it off for 30 minutes, then back on again.
- Check on the apples every hour or so, and turn them at least once during baking.
- The time it takes to dry them will depend on how thick the slices are, how warm your oven is, and how dried you like them. Expect them to take around 6 hours.
Please note: this recipe uses Australian measurements and temperatures, if you need to convert measurements or temperatures you can find our printable cooking conversion chart here.
So next time you have a bowl full of ‘yucky’ apples, try making some oven baked apple chips!
Please tell me I am not the only one who has kids who are picky about their apples????