You would be able to prepare for winter by starting as early as summer by preserving foods. If you are wondering how you can extend the life of your fruits, then you might want to try drying them. Learning how to dry apples in the sun saves you a lot of money and also gives you a delicious snack or treat without the need for a dehydrator. Since you would not need any equipment, this is certainly one of the cheapest methods for drying. Below are some tips that you ought to know if you plan to try it out.
Check Your Supplies
The first thing that you need to do is make sure that you have all the supplies you need, which simply means that you need to get your apples. Make sure that you have no overripe ones or those that have bad spots. You need to check them one by one to make sure of this. Check if you have a drying rack as well as cookie sheets that would allow you to let the air flow within the vicinity of the fruit. You also need cheesecloth that will cover your apples enough to keep any bugs off them. You want to ready yourself some lemon juice water mixture which is just a bowl containing a cup of lemon juice and 4 cups of water that would be your pretreatment formula for your fruits. Once you have all that, you are a step closer to drying your apples.
Prepare Your Apples
Now that you are done preparing the things that you need, the next thing you need to do is to wash them up. Make sure they are clean, the surface is free from any dirt and then cut them up well. When you have cut them all up, you should soak them in the lemon juice because that will keep your fruit from browning. After this, you can put them on your drying racks and set them up, ready to dry.
Set Your Fruit to Dry
After you are done preparing them, make sure to cover them with your cheesecloth so the bugs are not going to feast on them. Make sure to turn the apples once in a while. You need to be quite patient when it comes to drying under the sun; this in itself can take you a couple of days. Also, be sure that you are going to bring your apples inside your house when nighttime comes and just bring them back the next day.
Now that you know how to dry apples in the sun, you can now extend the life of your apples. This is certainly something that would help you out in the long run of things. The regular dehydration time for apples is around two days, so you might as well make sure that you are going to have enough time to make them in case you are running low on them. This is a useful skill that you can use for survival situations for sure.
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