Friday, January 23, 2009

Dehydrated Apple Slices

Dehydrated apple slices are a delicious item to keep in your food storage. They add variety to the longer-term food storage items of wheat, white rice, and beans we are encouraged to store. The dehydrated apple slices from "Family Home Storage" in #10 cans (available at LDS Dry Pack Canneries) have a storage life of 30 years with proper packaging and storage in a dry place at or below 75 degrees F (24 degrees C). You can eat them right out of the can or rehydrate them. Instructions to rehydrate: Add 1 cup apple slices to 1/2 to 3/4 cup hot water. Drain off excess water after 15 minutes.

For Christmas we gave some #10 cans of dehydrated apple slices to my brother and his family. He enjoys eating them straight from the can or in a bowl of hot oatmeal. I promised him I would post some dehydrated apple recipes I found.

If you'd like to try dehydrating your own apples, the National Center for Home Food Preservation has some great information on drying foods. One of their links is to an article entitled "Drying Fruits" by P. Kendall and J. Sofos from Colorado State University.

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