On our first blog of October, I mentioned that I was trying to dehydrate some apple slices. I tried using both the solar oven and the windshield of the truck. If you go back to the pictures from that blog you will see how many apple "chips" I was able to make with 5 apples.
I am happy to annouce that it was a success. The windshield of the truck and the solar oven both worked equally well. In fact, I wasn't able to take pictures of the final product because they were just a little bit too tasty. Between my daughter and I, we had those chips eaten in a very short amount of time. I really think that I prefer the dehydrated apples over regular apples. I think it has something to do with the fact that there is no water to "dilute' the sweetness of the apple.
I would encourge everyone to try to dehydrate some fruit. I simply went online and checked out a few sites to see how to do it. Lessons I learned:
1) Soak the apples slices in a mixture of 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of Lemon Juice for 8 to 10 minutes to keep the apples from turning brown right away. (They will brown up a little in the dehydrating process)
2) Don't look the apple chips touch each other on the dehydrating rack. Make sure that air has a chance to get to both sides of the chips.
3) Air temperature should be between 115-150 degrees for the best results.
4) Due to cloudy skies, the apples took a couple of days to fully dehydrate in the windshield. (One full day of sunshine in the solar oven)
If you have any questions just leave me a comment. Happy Trails!