How in the oven to dry apples? This issue is especially relevant in late summer and early autumn. After all, if the season turned out to be fruitful, then the gardeners simply have nowhere to put such fruits. But if they are properly dried, then in winter you can cook various compotes, fruit drinks, and also bake delicious pies.
How to dry apples in the oven: a step-by-step method
Necessary ingredients and equipment:
- Apples of any kind - 5-8 kg;
- Oven sheet - 1 piece;
- Culinary paper in the size of a baking tray;
Selection of suitable fruit
Before you dry the apples in the oven, you must purchase or collect enough fruit in advance. It is worth noting that such a product is well obtained from any varieties of the product. However, it is preferable to use an unsweetened ingredient that does not darken for a long time after slicing.
How to dry apples in the oven, so that in the winter of them you can make a delicious and rich fruit compote? To do this, take a few pounds of fresh fruit, and then carefully wash them and deprive the seed box. Also, the product must be cleaned of all available wormholes and slightly decayed areas. At the same time, it is not recommended to cut the skin from apples, as it contains the most useful elements and it gives the compote a more intense taste. The only exception is the store fruit, on the surface of which a thin layer of wax was applied.
Dry apples at home can be in the form of lobules or circles (optional). However, in any case, the thickness of such fruit pieces should not be more than 5-7 millimeters.
Before you dry the apples in the oven, you need to take a baking tray and cover it with parchment (cooking paper). Next, it is necessary to spread the cut fruits in an unbroken layer and immediately send them to the oven. Fresh ingredient should be started to dry at a temperature of 40-45 degrees. And after a lapse of 60-85 minutes, it is increased to 70-75 units. It should be especially noted that the main purpose of this heat treatment is not to roast apples, but to maximize their moisture deprivation. That is why the temperature in the oven should be carefully monitored.
During the first few minutes, it is advisable to slightly open the oven door. During the entire heat treatment, it should also be periodically opened. Such actions will significantly reduce the humidity level in the oven.
During the drying of apples, it is recommended to turn them regularly to avoid burning, and also to promote uniform drying. After the half or 2/3 of moisture evaporates from the fruit, the temperature of the oven should be reduced to 55 degrees. Such heat treatment of a fresh product is quite long. Its average duration is approximately 8-11 hours (depends on the variety).
Correctly dried apples have a beige-brownish color. To the touch they are quite elastic and elastic, and when squeezed, they do not secrete juice and do not break quickly. Store fruit products is recommended in a dry place in a glass jar or rag bag.