I made my first dried apples last weekend. Somehow I never got around to trying that out, partly because the store-bought versions I found rubbery and bland so I was not expecting anything very good. But the ones I made were incredibly good. Too good in fact, they were all gone in a few days because my son inhaled them. I have one of those apple cutter/peeler machines and it makes perfect drying slices in no time at all.
I dried nearly all with the skin peeled, its easy to do on the machine. But the ends were not getting peeled. I decided to throw them in the dryer anyway, and was surprised to find they seemed to be a bit tastier and without much extra chew. What do you pro apple dryers think - peeled or not?
I dried several different varieties, all were very good. Some turned more dark than others, no difference to me though. The Rubinettes were probably the best, they had a huge amount of flavor.
Don’t mind the peel on mine, but the kids do so I usually peel them by hand, what a pain (maybe time for one of those machines)…then I use a mandolin to get uniform slices…add a bit of cinnamon/sugar for flavor and into the nesco they go…I’ll use whatever apples we have laying around that no one wants to eat and pretty much as soon as they come out of the dehydrator they were gone…can’t make enough of them…If you add a little lemon juice to them after they’re sliced you can keep them from browning…
I’m big on the value of the skin, both in terms of nutrients and flavor. On many apples you’ll experience a new layer of complex flavor right at the skin. I do my best to avoid peeling anything I eat for just those reasons. Well, avocados, banana, kiwi and so on, excepted, of course!