Aaah apple chips, the perfect toddler snack really. Crispy and light they store well, are not sticky or wet, and kids just love them. The best part is, they are pretty cheap and easy to make, as one big apple will usually give you a whole tray of chips. I made my batch with Ida red apples and they turned out so pretty, with a bright ring of red skin on creamy white. You can use pretty much any apple you like really with the most suitable apples being fairly sweet with a resistance to browning. I don't have a dehydrator so mine were dried slowly in the oven, to make them You will need:
firm, ripe apples - one large apple will yield a small baggie of chips
fresh lemon juice - about 1 Tbsp per apple
Preheat oven to its lowest setting, convection if possible. My oven was set to 175F on convection heat. Wash apples and dry very well. Line baking sheets or dehydrator trays with parchment paper or silpat sheets, set these aside. Choose a small tray and set a benriner or mandolin slicer on it, squeeze about half a lemon onto the tray and on the slicing blade. Core apples and slice very thinly, about 1/8" thick (thinner slices will result in crispier chips, if you like the chips a bit chewy slice them about 1/4"+ thick). Once an apple has been sliced, swish the cut slices around in the lemon juice to lightly moisten them with it. Shake off excess lemon juice and lay chips out flat on lined sheets.
Continue slicing (adding more lemon juice as needed) and laying out until all your trays are full. Load up the oven or dehydrator, the chips take a while to dry out so you can pack it quite full. Bake for 3-4 hours or until apples are crisp and completely dry, propping the oven door open here and there if you see any steam building up.
Remove trays from the oven and let cool completely.
Pack into airtight containers and store at room temp for up to two months, if they aren't gobbled up first that is.